Parenting Resources

Parenting in the Present is a resource for First Nations, Inuit and Metis parents and caregivers of children aged 6-12 years in Manitoba and provides culturally appropriate, relevant, and useful information to support First Nations, Inuit and Metis parents and caregivers in ensuring the healthy growth and development of their children, throughout middle childhood, and beyond.

Through its examination of the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada identified a strong need for all levels of government to develop culturally-appropriate parenting supports for Indigenous families.

Under the leadership of Dr. Margo Greenwood, the NCCIH is well-recognized for its wealth of knowledge, expertise, and evidence-informed, culturally-appropriate array of resources for and about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Manitoba is pleased to have had the opportunity, once again, to work in partnership with the NCCIH on the development of this parenting booklet for Indigenous families in Manitoba.

Many First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples from across Manitoba contributed to the development of this resource by sharing their stories, teachings, ideas, Indigenous language translations, photos and feedback. Through their contributions and input, we heard messages about the importance of being a present parent – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We also heard about the importance of taking care of ourselves, as parents and caregivers of the children in our lives, to ensure their healthy growth and development.

This community-driven Indigenous parenting booklet showcases distinct and diverse quotes, images, stories, teachings and parenting practices of Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dené, Ojibwe-Cree, Inuit and Metis peoples and communities in Manitoba, as well as the strengths and resilience of Indigenous families. 

Free digital copies of the magazine style, Indigenous parenting booklet are available on the Families – Parenting Resources website at: