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Message from the Program Manager

Sarah Assinewe, Manager

Sarah Assinewe, Manager

Aanii – Boozhoo! Parents and Guardians of the Wikwemikong Hub Centre;

Miigwech for the great opportunity of servicing our youngest citizens of our community; our children who attend the programs at the Hub Centre. We value the combined efforts of our faculty and each parent / guardian to assure that children receive the utmost quality early learning experiences, as it builds the foundation for their formal education.

We are now in a heightened era in early learning as there are many new changes to the Early learning Sector. One of which is curriculum with the Ministry of Education’s new “How Does Learning Happen?” Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years. There will also be forthcoming changes to the regulations of the Day Nurseries Act with the newly approved Bill 10, which received Royal Assent on December 04, 2014.

The staff at the Wikwemikong Hub Centre work tirelessly in an effort to ensure that that the children of Wikwemikong are given every opportunity in a developmental and cultural context.

The Hub Centre has made a commitment to work and engage with parents and at the broader community to deliver and offer engagement sessions for parents and in capacity building in staff. We have made a commitment to become not only partners in this regard, but, also as leaders who will stay at the forefront of early learning and childcare.

We are honoured to be a part of your child’s first learning experience at a nurturing stage in their development. We will strive to provide the very best building blocks and to instill a love of learning!


Sarah Assinewe, RECE-RT

Program Manager


Full Day Program Hours

Toddler & Preschool

Monday to Friday

7:45a.m. to 4:45p.m

½ Day Preschool Program Hours

Morning Group

Monday to Friday

9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Afternoon Group

Monday to Friday

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

Regular daily Programming Hours

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The Wikwemikong Board of Education (WBE) was mandated by Chief and Council to manage the educational programs for the people of Wikwemikong in the spring of 1986.

The Wikwemikong Hub Center has been in existence since August of 1971 formerly managed under the administration of the Chief and Council. In August 1987, the Wikwemikong Hub Center was officially transferred to the Wikwemikong Board of Education.


The Wikwemikong Hub Centre promotes play-based learning for all young children. We believe children are competent, capable and curious explorers that can flourish in a safe and stable environment. By nurturing the children in our care we can assist in enhancing their self-identity, thus creating a greater sense of belonging.

Guiding Principles

We Understand and Believe:

  • The important role parents and families have as partners with educators and staff.
  • Children are to be given opportunities to explore their natural environment.
  • And recognize the Three Fires Confederacy dialects and Beliefs.
  • That play and inquiry is essential for developing school readiness-skills for life-long learning.
  • That quality is maintained and achieved by ensuring educators are registered with the College of Early Childhood Education and affiliated Associations.


The Wikwemikong Hub Centre programs are designed to meet the Day Nurseries Act, Ministry of Education – Early Years Division and College of Early Childhood Educators’ Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and to address community needs for Childcare Services.

Programs include inclusive Toddler and Preschool programs that can accommodate up to 68 children, ages 18 months and up-to – 4 years of age; 16 children for Preschool Full Day and 32 children for ½ Day Programs (16 AM students and 16 PM students) and 20 Toddlers for the Full Day Toddler program.

A Toy Library Resource Centre (TLRC) and a mobile unit serve the communities’ children between the ages of 0-12 years. Areas served within Wikwemikong and its satellite communities of Murray Hill, Cape Smith, Wikwemikongsing, Kaboni, South Bay, Buzwah, and Rabbit Island.


Each child in Wikemikong has the right to the best possible childhood, according to the Wikwemikong Children’s Bill of Rights. Our vision at the Wikwemikong Hub Centre is to make Wikwemikong a “Hub” in achieving the social, intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional potential of all its children.

To this end, the Wikwemikong Hub Centre provides programs that are designed to meet the social, intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the children of Wikwemikong. We also exist to provide the best possible care according to our community needs.

Further, we recognize that parents and families are the first and greatest influence on children’s early learning and development but also recognize that young children and their families also live in a community that shapes their life.  We, therefore, support a program that is a true partnership with parents, families and the broader community.

The Wikwemikong Hub Centre follows the Ontario Day Nurseries Act and is a fully-licensed facility under the Ministry of Child and Youth Services (MCYS).   The Wikwemikong Hub Centre also is at the fore-front of delivering Ontario’s Early Learning Framework as a complement to the Day Nurseries Act.

Toddler care is offered for children 18 months to 30 months (2.5 years). 5 children to 1 (5:1) is the Children to Educator ratio for our Toddler program.   In total, the Toddler program can accommodate up to 20 children.

All programs providing care to toddler age children have flexible daily schedules and can accommodate the children’s nap schedules as needed.  Each day will include a morning and afternoon play time indoors and out and opportunities for language and cultural activities. Nutritious snacks and lunch is provided to all toddlers at the Hub Centre.

Priority for care is given to children of working parents-guardians or parents enrolled in an educational activity.

All services to children ages 31 months and up to 4 year of age (until they reach Kindergarten) are serviced under the Pre-School program. The Wikwemikong Hub Centre maintains a staff to child ratio of 8:1 for this age group. There are 32 spaces in this licensed program that forms an integral part of the Hub Centre programs.

Children in the program at Wikwemikogn Hub Centre will spend their day exploring their world with ample opportunities to make choices on the types of activities they are interested in both the indoor and outdoor environment.

Language and cultural experiences will be available daily as well as many opportunities to develop fine motor and creative expression skills. Nap times will still be provided for those children that need it, with snacks and lunch prepared by the Hub Centre.

Priority for care is given to children of working parents-guardians or parents enrolled in an educational activity.

The Wikwemikong Hub Centre coordinates a mobile toy lending library program/service offering a free toy lending service to parent and caregivers with children newborn to 6 years of age. Scheduled visits to site locations across Wikwemikong, including Rabbit Island, Murray Hill, Kaboni, Buzwa, and South Bay. Educational toys and equipment for children ages birth to six years are lent for a 2 week period.  Toy selection is guided by the age of the child and their stage of development. Toys are available for children with special needs. Additionally, equipment such as playpens and strollers for use at home for a maximum of 2 weeks.

Parent Resources


Tel: 859-3797 Fax: 859-2362

Program Manager Sarah Assinewe, RECE-RT
Administrative Assistant Glenda Mandamin
Preschool Program Linda Eshkawkogan, Supervisor Preschool Programs, RECENancy Shawanda, Early Childhood Educator, RECEDyan Roy, Early Childhood Educator, ECE

Elena Manitowabi, Early Childhood Educator, RECE (Leave)

 Toddler Program Bonita Eshkawkogan, Supervisor Toddler Programs, RECE-RTDarlene Wemigwans, Early Childhood Educator, RECERuby Simon, Early Childhood Educator, ECE

Vanessa Shawongonabe, Early Childhood Educator, RECE

Resource Staff Gertrude Eshkawkogan, Anishnaabe Curriculum Coordinator, RECEStephanie Toulouse, Resource Teacher, RECECandace Trudeau, Resource Teacher Assistant, RECE

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