The B.E.A.R. Bus fuels young minds and brings families together through early learning activities rooted in Indigenous culture and language. This mobile program nurtures development, literacy, and heritage for Seabird Island’s youngest learners.

B.E.A.R. Bus: A Mobile Hub for Early Learning and Literacy

The B.E.A.R. Bus provides Seabird Island families with young children ages 0-6 access to culturally-enriched early learning programs. As a mobile hub, the Bus makes these essential services available to families both on and off-reserve.

Parents and toddlers are invited aboard to partake in a curriculum focused on nurturing development during the critical early years. Activities promote pre-literacy, motor skills, sensory learning and socialization through interactive games, songs, arts and crafts.

By integrating Stō:lō and Nlak’pamux language and heritage into lessons, the program reinforces cultural identity and preserves these touchstones for future generations. Families play an active role, sharing in the learning experience together.

The B.E.A.R. Bus fosters healthy childhood development within an environment that honours the vibrancy of Indigenous traditions. Serving the Seabird Island community both on and off-reserve, this accessible program enriches young minds while bringing families closer through culture.

Fuelled by imagination and community spirit, the B.E.A.R. Bus delivers the building blocks for early learning success paired with an affirming grounding in heritage. This sets Seabird Island’s youngest members on a bright path where education and identity go hand-in-hand.

Seeking More Information?

To find out more about the B.E.A.R. Bus early learning program or request services for your family, please contact:

Jen McNeil

Phone: (604)798-1415

Email: jenmcneil@seabirdisland.ca

We welcome any questions about this innovative mobile program that brings accessible, culturally-enriched educational activities to Seabird Island families with young learners. Please reach out by phone or email to learn more or get your family involved with the B.E.A.R. Bus.