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Inuvialuit Child Care Program

Inuvialuit Child Care Program

The Inuvialuit Child Care program works with Child Development Centres and Aboriginal Head Start inititatives across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, providing administration, support, and training to ensure programs comply with the Northwest Territories Child Care Act and the guidelines of funding partners.

Funding is received from Government of the Northwest Territories and Public Health Agency of Canada, as an extension of Health Canada. To encourage daily use of Inuvialuktun among students and staff, the Inuvialuit Cultural Resource Centre (ICRC) also funds fluent-speaker positions in each centre. 

Mission Statement 

Provide and implement a quality and culturally relevant child centred learning approach in the areas of growth and development by setting a solid foundation that reflects the child’s needs.

"Your child is our child away from home" 


Registration and applications will begin every year on May 1.

Parents must register their child every year to be eligible for acceptance into the fall program of that year.

Please submit all information to the Program Coordinators in each respective community (contact information below).



Education and School Readiness

  • Provide children with a safe, supportive and interesting environment with developmentally age-appropriate activities.

Culture and Language

  • Children will learn and have an understanding of their culture and language, which supports a positive self-image.

Health Promotion

  • Children will learn to have a positive self-image, and families will have access to current health and wellness promotion and practices.


  • Children will have access to nutritious food and information.

Parental Involvement 

  • Parents and community members will fully participate in the early learning experiences of their children.



Aboriginal Head Start Programs and Child Development Centres operate 10 months of the year.

Aboriginal Head Start Programs are intended for three to four year olds while Child Development Centres accept children aged six months to five years.

IRC provides a Parents Handbook with information on your local early childhood development programs.



Alexandria Desroches
Early Childhood Programs Manager
Phone: (867) 777-7023
Fax: (867) 777-4023

Child Development Centres

Tuktoyaktuk Child Development Centre
PO Box 393
Tuktoyaktuk, NT X0E 1C0
Phone: (867) 977-2569
Fax: (867) 977-2509
Aklavik Child Development Centre
PO Box 185
Aklavik, NT X0E 0A0
Phone: (867) 978-2223
Fax: (867) 978-2030
Ulukhaktok Child Development Centre
PO Box 117
Ulukhaktok, NT X0E 0S0
Phone: (867) 396-3015
Fax: (867) 396-3064
Paulatuk Aboriginal Head Start
PO Box 62
Paulatuk, NT X0E 1N0
Phone: (867) 580-3923
Fax: (867) 580-3006
Inuvik Aboriginal Head Start
PO Box 3103
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Phone: (867) 777-4251
Fax: (867) 777-5861


If you want to learn more about the Inuvialuit Child Care program and what's happening in your community, please contact:

Inuvialuit Regional Corporation 
Prenatal and Early Childhood
107 Mackenzie Road
Bag Service #21
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Tel: (867) 777-7088
Fax: (867) 777-4023