Sivummut Head Start

Sivummut is comprised of two half-day programs for Inuit children ages 18 mos to 6 yrs-old. It operates from Monday to Thursday (4 days) from months September to June. Ottawa-wide, door-to-door child transportation is provided (with some greater-Ottawa area restrictions). A meal and snack are provided daily.

The Sivummut Head Start program’s values are based on the Ontario Aboriginal Head Start Association’s “Six Components of Aboriginal Head Start”, the Ministry of Education, Early Learning’s curriculum “How Does Learning Happen”, and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles. Over these many years, Sivummut Head Start has grown into a program that is celebrated locally and nationally while the originating components guide all of the Inuuqatigiit programs.

Early Years’ Parent Handbook English


  • 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, 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 the Early Years Manager, 613-744-3133, ext. 228