This is my neighbourhood. I have lived here for 16 years. Before there was the daycare centre, there was a high school. It was torn down and the lot remained empty for a few years. Finally, the Little Friends Centre was built. Located at the corner of Essex Street and Russell Street in Sarnia, the centre is operated by Ska”na in partnership with the Sarnia-Lambton Native Friendship Centre (Ska:na Family Learning Centre). There are approximately 25 houses on this block. At the very end of the block there is an elementary school. The hospital is a 2 minute walk from this area as well.
Ska:na Family Learning Centre (SFLC) is a Native, non-profit, registered charity providing quality childcare in the Windsor community since 2003. Ska:na FLC believes in supporting the whole family and follows the High/Scope philosophy in regards to child and family development.
Ska:na’s Childcare is rooted in the High/Scope Framework Philosophy and the Native culture and both are child-centric. SFLC is dedicated to providing a stimulating and experiential learning environment to enhance child development. The program staff are dedicated and trained to assist families in accessing resources needed for social, economic and cultural development as well as advocating on their behalf with interagency cooperation (Ska:na Family Learning Centre).
“Equally intriguing, Ballantyne argues that settler capital can and should be realigned and reconfigured to serve the resurgent goals of Indigenous communities. This is an important and probably contentious point in the world of anti-colonial activism, as many organizers and activists are vocally apprehensive about ‘buying into’ what’s termed the non-profit industrial complex or funding mentality. This article addresses this question in an important way by grounding this dilemma within a space of learning that is reliant on funding from social innovation funders, but that has also consistently received evaluations from students who speak of Dechinta as providing a transformative experience” (Wildcat, VI).