Sivummut Head Start Program

Sivummut is comprised of two half-day programs for Inuit children ages 18 mos to 6 yrs-old.
The program’s values are based on the “Six Components of Aboriginal Head Start” and the Ministry of Education’s “How Does Learning Happen?”.

In the past 5 years, Sivummut Head Start has grown into a program that is celebrated locally and nationally while the originating Aboriginal Head Start components guide all of the OICC programs.


  • Culture and language
  • Parental involvement
  • Social support
  • Nutrition
  • Health promotion
  • School readiness
  • Dental screenings
  • Monthly well child checks
  • Monthly field trips
  • Cultural performances
  • Guests and visitors


  • Monthly Field trips such as: Mer Bleu Park, Briggs Christmas Tree Farm, Museum of Nature and Richelieu Park
  • Elders attended the program to show traditional activities such as beading, qamutiq and iglu building
  • Annual events such as Parent Orientation BBQ, Christmas Party, Inuit Day and Year-end Celebration


Public Health Agency of Canada
City of Ottawa
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

For more information, call Janice Messam, 613-744-3133, ext. 228 –

Early Years’ Parent Handbook Inuktitut
Early Years’ Parent Handbook English

Link to Sivummut’s Team biographies