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The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society is committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, education, research, training and professional development, and advocacy to ensure every Aboriginal child in BC has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality early childhood development services. Because we value children, we work with all our partners to ensure that Aboriginal ECD services across the province are delivered with the highest quality of current and promising practice.

Work Opportunity at BCACCS

We are looking for a Provincial Aboriginal Child Care Advisor. The Provincial Advisor plays a key role in developing training tools and resources that are culturally specific and relate to the practice, administration and management of community-based Aboriginal ECE/ECD programs and services. Is this for you? Find out more about the position on our website. Position closes July 21, 2017.

Are you finishing your basic or post basic ECE?

Don't forget to check if you are eligible for the BCACCS Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship! Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including: academic standing, outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. Deadline July 31, 2017.

Research & News

* John Horgan sworn-in as B.C. premier, unveils new cabinet

New position of Minister of State for Childcare given to Katrina Chen (Burnaby-Lougheed).

* Burnaby city council-school board daycare plan inches forward

"A plan announced at the height of the 2014 municipal election to triple child-care spaces in Burnaby is unlikely to produce a single seat before the next election, according to city staff – but the project is inching forward."

* Tackling Child Inequality Starts At Home

"It has been more than 25 years since members of Parliament pledged to fight child poverty in Canada, a bottom-end measure of inequality, with limited progress."

* Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says the AFN Expects Full Inclusion in Intergovernmental Tables

“We are not just another special interest group. An effective process for intergovernmental participation must reflect our status under the Constitution and international law as peoples and nations with inherent rights, title and jurisdiction. First Nations will not accept an

exclusionary and disrespectful approach.”



* How to Implement a Preschool Reading Program

Literacy skills are fundamental to a child’s success as they become an adult, so providing the resources and materials to encourage pre-reading in the early years is especially crucial. Here are some tips on implementing a preschool reading program for your preschoolers, you can work towards building these basic reading skills and better prepare them for school.

* Wildfire Resources for First Nations Communities in BC

Information for Wildfire evacuees. Evacuations are underway in many areas, and with the hot, dry weather expected to continue, more families and communities may need to leave their homes for safety.


Events & Announcements

Early Years Professional Development web portal

Anyone working with young children can now find, plan and schedule professional development in the early years sector. The Provincial Office of the Early Years has developed the EYPD web portal You can search for training events, post your own event, sign on to the Science of Early Child Development and more.

* Call for abstracts: Early Years Conference 2018

The 2018 conference will continue to lead the field of professional development in early childhood development. Topics will include considerations and practices in work with young children and their families, as we adapt to our rapidly changing society.

* Young leaders for CCRC board

The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children board is looking for young leaders to serve on the board and contribute to the upcoming United Nations review of Canada’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. If you know someone, please send a nomination letter to, or contact Kathy Vandergrift, Chair, at

Online Workshop - A Sense of Belonging: Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learn from four modules: Understanding Aboriginals’ Realities, Aboriginal Child Wellness, Understanding and Respecting Aboriginal, Parenting Approaches and Practice that Supports Aboriginal Parenting. Taught by Best Start Resource Centre. Supports service providers

who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development.

Engaging Canadians on Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care

The Government of Canada is looking for thoughts and ideas to help develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework that will reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada. This Framework will be co-developed with Indigenous peoples. This consultation will be open from May 31 to July 21 2017.

* A Food Policy for Canada: Consulting with Canadians

What matters to you when it comes to A Food Policy for Canada? Have your say. Online consultations close July 27, 2017.

Responsible Adult in Child Care Settings Course

August 1 -24, 6:45 - 9:15 pm at Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre. This course meets the 20 hours "Responsible Adult" training stipulations and covers basic concepts of child development from 0 - 12 as well as guidance, health, safety, nutrition, and programming. Contact Rosa for more information or to register 604-709-5661 ext. 221 or

Responsive Curriculum

August 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, BNW (Burnaby). This workshop will explore why and how Responsive curriculum is supportive to healthy child development. We will explore our own deeper learning and how children will be the main focus of your planning. 

Mistaken Goals of Misbehaviour

August 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Children misbehave, but as educators and parents the question is why. Rudolph Driekurs proposed that children make the mistake of assuming bad behaviour can help them gain social status.

Digital Literacy in Early Childhood Education

August 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Already using or thinking about using digital resources in your centre? We will discuss the pros and cons of a connected classroom, from occasional use to a more fully immersed environment. Learn about available resources and how to access them for your centre. Most importantly we will share ideas and resources for teaching digital literacy to children in preschool and Kindergarten.

Supporting Infants & Toddlers Transition to Group Child Care

August 26, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. The goals of this workshop are to highlight the importance of successful and positive transitions from home to group child care for infants, toddlers and their families as well as to seek better ways to accommodate them.

Play, Playwork and Adventure Playgrounds

September 06, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This workshop is for people who already believe in the benefits and importance of children's sel-directed play. and are looking to learn more about adventure playgrounds, playwork, and adventurous play.

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD

The call for abstracts is now open. This is an interactive conference that provides an opportunity to be at the forefront of addressing these relevant global issues. Submissions are due September 12, 2017.

Creating Meaningful Transitions in Child Care

September 12, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This workshop will allow participants to explore how transitions can nurture children's curiosity, provide an opportunity for caregivers to connect with children, and inspire them to find different ways to help children adapt to the necessary changes in their day.

Stories From the Forest

September 13, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 2‐5 years of age. Books often make us think about snuggling on the couch, but there are books that can take us far, far away from our homes, out into the forests and mud puddles of our imagination. Learn how to use outdoor storytelling techniques, nature stories, rhymes and songs to bring nature into the classroom and encourage children to explore outdoors.

Professionalism and Partnering with Parents

September 21, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm at BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for family child care providers of children 0‐6 years of age. As family child care providers we are often the parents' first line of information about child development, behaviours, and community resources. As well, we are sometimes a sounding board for the stresses they feel in their lives. In this workshop we will look at developing partnerships with parents, how we get to know them and the power of good old fashioned conversation.

Good Beginnings: Professional Development for Family Child Care Providers

(6 weeks) October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3, 10. This course addresses the essential elements required for operating a quality home-based child care centre.

Job Postings

Provincial Aboriginal Child Care Advisor

Based in West Vancouver, BC (some travel)
Position closes July 21, 2017

* Early Childhood Educator

Nanaimo, BC
Estimated start dated August 15, 2017

* Early Childhood Education Assistant

Nanaimo, BC
Estimated start dated August 15, 2017

* Infant Daycare Assistant

Nanaimo, BC
Estimated start dated August 15, 2017

Check our jobs page for more postings



* LAST CHANCE-Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Deadline is July 31, 2017. The late Elder Mary Thomas was a pioneer in early childhood development and championed the importance of the early years in improving the lives of young children. In her honour, each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Community Gaming Grants capital projects funding

Eligible organizations will have from August 1 until September 30, 2017, to submit their applications. Applications in the capital projects sector will be competitively adjudicated, with consideration also given to regional distribution, representation of the six community gaming grant sectors, project size and Aboriginal inclusion. Detailed eligibility criteria will be released in the summer.

* BC Native Women’s Association (BCNWA) with Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS)

The BC Native Women's Association (BCNWA) believes that education and training opportunities can help Indigenous women achieve economic success. The BCNWA's Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) Program is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). The ASETS Program takes a labour market driven approach so that all training initiatives reflect labour market needs in your community. BCNWA will sponsor the 4th year of a degree program, last year of a diploma or certificate program. Training initiatives are approved based on funding availability, individual eligibility, and labour market needs. BCNWA-ASETS can also aid with back to work assistance such as work clothes, shoes or travel such as a monthly bus pass.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

July 24 – 29, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

S’TENISTOLW̱ 2017 Indigenous Adult Education Conference

August 23 – 25, 2017

Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, BC

Early Years Conference

January 26 – 27, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

International FASD Conference

April 18 – 21, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

The BC Infant and Early Childhood Court Team (IECCT) Conference

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC


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