All people benefit from a sense of belonging, to their families, culture and communities. It is especially important in the case of parents caring for young children. Parents need to feel supported by family, friends, the community and by service providers. Indigenous people, through a long history of assimilation and discrimination, may not have this sense of belonging. This may impact their health and sense of worth, and may result in feelings of despair and hopelessness. There are many things that service providers can do to foster a sense of belonging in Indigenous families with young children, connecting parents to the information and supports that they need in a respectful and caring manner, and acknowledging their strengths.This module contains a wealth of information, including current research, strategies and recommendations. The sections are structured around the four directions of the Medicine Wheel; this module explores the eastern direction of understanding.
The Best Start Resource Centre is a health promotion organization that works with diverse partners to build healthy, equitable and thriving communities. The Best Start Resource Centre supports service providers who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development. The Best Start Resource Centre produces multi-media resources in multiple languages on a broad range of topics related to preconception health, prenatal health, and early child development.