• Working together to promote early childhood development
Apr 29, 2015


ndake/Montreal, April 28, 2015 – It is with enthusiasm that the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) and Avenir d'enfants decided to renew the agreement that has united them since 2012. The objective of this strategic agreement is to foster mobilisation among the First Nations communities and organisations around the development of children ages 0 to 5 years. The agreement provides up to $2 million worth of financial support to the FNQLHSSC on an annual basis for three years (2015-2018). 

In collaboration with Avenir d’enfants, the FNQLHSSC provides support to First Nations community leaders as they mobilize around projects that focus on First Nations children and their families. "For three years now, we have worked in collaboration with the FNQLHSSC. For the benefit of little ones and their parents, we share our knowledge within a context of positive collaboration, which allows for improving our mutual practices" (unofficial translation), stated the General Director of Avenir d’enfants, Marie-Claire Rouleau.


"The pursuit of this partnership provides an opportunity for the FNQLHSSC to continue to bolster its expertise in the area of community support and strengthen its evaluation practices. Our expertise, combined with that of Avenir d'enfants, enables us to support the efforts of the 26 communities that we work with while documenting the impacts of the projects that are deployed" (unofficial translation), said the Executive Director of the FNQLHSSC, Marjolaine Siouï.


The actions of the FNQLHSSC and the communities of the Abenaki, Algonquin (Anishnabe), Atikamekw, Maliseet, Mi'gmaq, Innu, Mohawk, Huron-Wendat and Naskapi Nations it supports are in line with the collective project that is led by Avenir d'enfants and its partners. "Like Avenir d'enfants, we believe in the importance of early intervention, working together and working in a sustainable fashion. This is about the social development of our children and improving their living conditions" (unofficial translation), concluded Marjolaine Siouï.


About the FNQLHSSC


The FNQLHSSC's mission is to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being of First Nations and Inuit individuals, families and communities by promoting access to comprehensive health and social services programs that are adapted to the cultures of First Nations and designed by First Nations organisations that are recognised and sanctioned by the local authorities while respecting local cultures and autonomy. The FNQLHSSC also helps communities that so desire to establish, develop and promote comprehensive programs and services related to health and social services that are adapted and designed by First Nations organisations.



About Avenir d’enfants


Avenir d’enfants is a non-profit organisation (NPO) resulting from a partnership between the Quebec government and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. It administers and distributes the contributions of these two partners which aim to promote the overall development of children ages 5 and under who are living in poverty. So that each of them has every chance to have a good start in life and be ready to successfully undertake their academic journeys, Avenir d’enfants provides financial support and assists local communities and project promoters with respect to knowledge transfer.



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First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission


Chantal Cleary, Communication Agent


Office: (418) 842-1540

Cell.: (418) 570-3989 chantal.cleary@cssspnql.com



Avenir d’enfants


Catherine Chouinard


Director, Promotion and Communication


Office: (514) 526-2187, ext. 5208


Cell.: (514) 883-5201 chouinardc@avenirdenfants.org