Inverness County to host early years coalition gathering

PORT HOOD: The Municipality of the County of Inverness, in partnership with the Raising the Villages – Mawiomi w’jit Mijuwajijk coalition, will be hosting a gathering on June 19 in Municipal Council Chambers for all those who support early childhood across Victoria and Inverness counties and the Town of Port Hawkesbury.

Raising the Villages – Mawiomi w’jit Mijuwajijk was formed in 2017 as a response to the One Nova Scotia Coalition report, released in 2015, which recognized the early years of childhood as the number one priority for the province to act on to improve collective health and prosperity. The coalition is therefore inviting all who are involved in the healthy development of children – such as family doctors, pre-natal support workers/doulas, midwives, Early Childhood Educators, Early Interventionists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Therapists, Teachers – and any others who also work in Inverness and Victoria counties, as well as the Town of Port Hawkesbury, and both Wagmatcook and We’koqma’q First Nations.

The District 3 Councillor Jim Mustard has been involved in the Raising the Villages movement since its inception and will be present at the upcoming gathering.

“What does the One Nova Scotia report mean for children here in western Cape Breton? What’s working, what’s not, and what more is needed?” he asks.

He says the meeting, which will take place in the municipal building’s council chambers at 6:30 p.m. on June 19, will allow those gathered to look at what’s needed for the future regarding early childhood support, and what opportunities can be taken advantage of.

For more information regarding the Early Years Coalition Gathering, please contact Mustard at 902-295-0974 or by e-mail at: jim.mustard@invernesscounty.ca.