Nih’Kanis Aboriginal
Head Start


About the Program

Educating Our Youth

This program focus is on culture, language, social and emotional development, literacy development, health promotion and cognitive development.  Children learn the basics; counting, letter recognition, shapes, colors and name writing and recognition.  Strong emphasis is put on PLAY as a foundation for social and emotional development. Classes start in September and run till June the following year. It is our hope that these same children will stand together in 12 years as they graduate from the high school and hopefully move on to post-secondary schooling.


Registration and Other Relevant Info


Fall Registration:  We accept applications for the school year anytime.  Local children who are 4 and not eligible for kindergarten will be given priority.  3-year-old children will be placed on a waiting list.  Applications can be picked up and dropped off at the SRFN office.  Selection of students will be completed by August 30th annually.  Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Head Start school or call 867-872-3864.

Our Location
11 Franklin Avenue
Fort Smith, NT
X0E 0P0



The History of Aboriginal Headstart

Established in 1998

Aboriginal Headstart was introduced to Fort Smith in 1998 with the goal of providing a stable early education for Salt River First Nation youth aged three and four. Since the program was established, over 300 children have graduated from the Aboriginal Headstart program and gone on to lead successful academic careers.

We built the Aboriginal Headstart program with the intention of providing the future leaders of Salt River First Nation with an education predicated on our cultural values. We strive to teach the children emotional skills through love and understanding while also developing their practical skills. We’re proud of our program’s history and we’re excited to provide your children with an education that will last a lifetime.