The Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre (OICC) was established in August 2005 by parents of children enrolled in the Head Start Children’s Program at Tungasuvvingat Inuit (TI).
TI was the program sponsor from March 1997 to April 2006.
In April 2006, the sponsorship was transferred by the Public Health Agency of Canada to the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre. The program became the Sivummut Head Start with the aim of keeping the parent-driven philosophy and mandate embedded in the Aboriginal Head Start’s (AHS) Principles and Guidelines (see AHS’s Six Components).
Today, the OICC is a multi-service Inuit organization that provides cultural, educational, recreational and social support services to children, youth and families of Ottawa’s growing Inuit community. The centre serves as a major hub of early years and youth services for Inuit families in Ottawa.