Childhood is Sacred - ITCMI

Childhood is Sacred

About Childhood is Sacred

When making decisions, our Anishinaabeg ancestors thought about the impact their decision and planning would have seven generations ahead. It is a cultural practice that has helped preserved our language and traditional wisdom despite war and overwhelming historical challenges and barriers, some of which still affect us today and are largely the reason for the work we do in partnership with tribal communities.

Remembering that Childhood is Sacred keeps children at the heart of our communities and ensures a bright healthy future, many generations ahead. The period of childhood (0-8 years) is a foundational period of tremendous growth and development. It is the stage of life for learning and setting healthy practices. In addition, our elders tell us that every child is born with a unique gift important to maintaining balance in the community and as adults we are all charged with ensuring that every child is supported and nurtured in a manner that ensures their wellbeing. We want to see that every child’s gifts blossom.

Campaign Resources

Childhood is Sacred PSA

Children don’t need perfect parents. They need parents and grandparents to make time, listen, be curious and love them unconditionally. It’s our job to care for and spend time with our children so they realize their gifts and use them to help all our people. Childhood is sacred. Make time with your child sacred by being active, playful and true. This is how we heal the future. 

Posters

Download these posters to help promote the Childhood is Sacred Campaign. Each poster features different ways to be active, playful and true with your child including cooking together, picking berries, playing ball games and getting regular exercise, making music, and more! 

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Resource Guide

Children don’t need perfect parents. They need parents and grandparents to make time, listen, be curious and love them unconditionally. It’s our job to care for and spend time with our children so they realize their gifts and use them to help all our people. Childhood is sacred. Make time with your child sacred by being active, playful and true. This is how we heal the future. 

Wisdom Keeper Video Series

Children don’t need perfect parents. They need parents and grandparents to make time, listen, be curious and love them unconditionally. It’s our job to care for and spend time with our children so they realize their 

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Join The Young Child Wellness Advisory Council (YCWAC)

This Council aims to create space for dedicated parents, community staff, and family members to share their voice and vision for young child wellness. If you are passionate about the wellbeing of children and families, please join our Young Child Wellness Advisory Council Meetings (held quarterly) and/or contact one of the members below.

Members

Michelle Leask (Schulte): mschulte@itcmi.org
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan 

Ashley Seppanen: ashley.seppanen@kbic-nsn.gov
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community 

Julia Schroeder: julia.schroeder@hannahvilleschool.net
or Kendra Kleiman: kendra.kleiman@hannahvilleschool.net
Hannahville Indian Community 

Lauren Ryskey: lryskey@lvdhealthcenter.com
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians 

Laura McKechnie: lmckechnie@saulttribe.net
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

 

History

Since 2012, ITCMI has been working with Tribes and Tribal Citizens across Michigan to erase the silos across services and programs that serve children 0-8 and their families. From community discussions to strategy innovation and implementation, everyone involved has been working to elevate the role of our early childhood providers, support parents and be more effective and efficient with existing resources in each community.

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