Shkoday was developed to start the Aboriginal Head Start initiative and to provide opportunities for children, youth and families through increased participation in cultural and neighbourhood based programming. It was incorporated on January 20, 1997 and initially sponsored by the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre.
Shkoday will exist to support children, youth and caregivers on their life journey by providing a healthy environment and experiences that reflects the cultural values of the extended family and community. In all of our programming, we will see and nurture the spirit/fire in every child, youth and family member through the presence of strong, caring people who share and carry on the love, skills, language and knowledge.
Children are honoured as gifts from Creator. We are here to help guide their young spirits. Our responsibility is to see and nurture a strong Anishnabek identity in children, youth, with families, community members and partners.