Opokaa'sin Early Intervention Society


Early Intervention

Community accessible programs geared toward providing Aboriginal children, youth, and families with cultural teachings, Blackfoot language, health & wellness, and a safe environment to gather with one another.

Program goals:

Children are safe
Children will foster positive self-identity
Children will be connected to their community
Parents/Caregivers will be involved with their children
After School Program

This is the 19th year Opokaa'sin has been successfully providing a culturally based After School Program for Urban Aboriginal children within the city of Lethbridge. Group mentorship is provided through these after school programs that take place Monday through Thursday from 3:30pm-5:30pm.


Children are exposed to a variety of programs that foster self-esteem, academic help and cultural teachings on various days. Elders are bought in for storytelling, cultural teachings and general sharing of talents. It is our belief that these after school programs will provide a basis for fostering self-esteem, self confidence and resiliency, especially in the school setting. Our objective for this program is to increase social competency, thus decreasing anti-social behaviours.


Year after year we provide services to children and youth, when participating your child can expect to get out into the community and experience different activities, learn conversational Blackfoot from qualified instructors, learn the importance of Health & Wellness, build lasting relationships, and practice traditional Blackfoot teachings.


This program is geared toward children ages 6-12 years of age. Recruiting starts August 2015 - the first day of the next After School session starts September 8, 2015 - Transportation is available upon request. Call for more information or to secure your child's spot within our program!


After School Program - Registration Fee
Atan Head Start Program
We are excited to have your child attend the Atan Head Start program!! Our goal is to provide a pre-school readiness program for Aboriginal children in the community ages 3,4, and 5 years of age, with a strong focus on the Aboriginal culture and language. Furthermore, we aim to provide a preschool experience that prepares them for future school years, by providing opportunities for spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical development. Our program strives to instill a sense of pride and confidence, to foster a desire to learn and promote emotional and social development, as well as to provide parenting skills and improve family relationships. 

Atan Head Start program provides 6 core areas of programming: education and school readiness, Aboriginal culture and language, parental involvement, health promotion, nutrition, and social support. Atan Head Start program directly involves parents and the community in the management and operation of projects; parents are supported in their role as the child's first and most influential teacher, and the wisdom of the Elders is greatly valued.

Our Atan Head Start program begins September 8, 2015. 
There is a $25.00 fee to register your child in the Head Start program! Stop by the office to fill out the registration form, be sure to bring your child's Alberta Health Care card, 2 emergency contact information, and your child's immunization record.
We are located at 241 Stafford Drive North.

Daycare Program

In addition to the Atan Head Start program we are pleased to offer our Day Care program which started in September 2013.

Our Day Care program is a fully licensed and accredited program. We provide children with lunch, snacks and now with our new playground lots of physical activity.
There is a $25.00 fee for registration.
Children need to be 3 years of age and potty trained.


Parents and Children Together Program (PACT)


Learn through play with your child at Opokaa'sin. Snacks and transportation are provided with the FREE play group. Parents, caregivers, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are all welcome with children 0 to 5 years of age.


Monday    10:00am - 11:30am


Tuesday     1:30pm - 3:00pm


Thursday    10:00am - 11:30am


For more information call 403-380-2569 or visit us at 241 Stafford Drive North, Lethbridge


Done in partnership with Family Centre

Summer Programs
Throughout the summer months we are pleased to offer a variety of summer programs for Aboriginal children and youth of all ages. This year our summer programs run throughout the months of July and August 2014. All camps include tons of physical activity, cultural awareness, traditional Blackfoot teachings, day trips and community outings. Programs run Monday to Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm.

We ask parents to provide lunch and snacks for their children and please, dress your child appropriately (hat, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.) 

See Event Calendar for Camp Schedule

Parent Support Groups - Education & Outreach
The goals for this program are to provide Aboriginal families with supports in assisting and supporting them through learner-centered focus. In addition, parents will be assisted with building positive parenting skill set. We also provide advocacy for parents and children who are faced with crisis and are in need of Aboriginal resource persons that provide medication, counselling or merely a support mechanism in a difficult situation. In many cases, families need someone familiar to explain their options and the process, when dealing with another social service agency.

Opokaa'sin provides resource people to promote the sharing of Aboriginal culture wherever children are found (day cares, schools, etc.) Whether it be a request for an Elder to come in and smudge (bless) children who are going on a field trip to providing a storyteller for a kindergarten class. We have worked closely with one of our partners, First Nations education program, School District #51, to promote these services in the schools. 

Community based day programs aim to strengthen and support families and individuals within the context of their communities. Community based day programs vary in nature, duration and intensity.

- Community Kitchen, Pre-natal Program
- Youth Program
- Summer Program, After School Program
Youth Mentorship
Children/Youth are paired with an Aboriginal Youth Mentor. Children and youth are mentored in leadership, academics, social/behavioural and cultural aspects. The objective of the mentorship is to provide an anchor for these children by developing relationships with trusted adults as life lines or coping supports and gain confidence in their own cultural identity and personal value. Mentors also nurture children and youth's self confidence by providing opportunities to participate in other extra-curricular and community activities. We identify goals (short-term and long-term) that parents, family, and child would like to accomplish during the mentorship program. 

Elders are utilized to enhance the cultural component, as well as offer advice on any problem areas that may occur. The program is geared toward children and youth 10 years and up. There is no referral necessary for this program.
For more information on any of our programs please feel free 
to contact us anytime!