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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.

* Visit the BCACCS table at #FairInTheSquare

Bring your friends and family to #FairInTheSquare on May 28 to celebrate your neighbours community.

* BCACCS renews the From Seed to Cedar Campaign

Celebrate Child Care Month with BCACCS. The From Seed to Cedar Campaign is a chance for leadership and communities to support the creation of the IELCC framework, and especially the Child Care Providers who work so hard both to help children thrive and communities to re-establish Indigenous cultures. This is challenging, important and underappreciated work. Communities, families, and children have much to benefit from expanded, integrated, and culturally affirming Indigenous early childhood development programs, based on Indigenous-led, planned, and shared approaches. Find out how you can support the campaign.

BCACCS Child Care Recognition Awards

This award aims to honour exceptional role models working in the Aboriginal early childhood education field throughout BC. These inspiring individuals are the champions of our communities. Traditional First Nations and/or Métis language, culture, and practice are celebrated through their passion, dedication, and hard work. Show your colleagues how much they inspire you. Download the form now!

Research & News

* CLC awards First Nations child advocate with human rights honour

"Indigenous child advocate Cindy Blackstock was awarded the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) award for Outstanding Service to Humanity at the congress's 2017 national convention in Toronto last week."

* Laying the Groundwork: A Practical Guide for Ethical Research with Indigenous Communities

Although there are numerous ethical guidelines for research with Indigenous communities, not all research is conducted in an ethical, culturally respectful, and effective way. This paper highlights the intricacies and nuances of bringing the ethical guidelines to life through co-created research with Indigenous communities.

* Declaration from the Early Childhood Summit Montreal May 5, 2017

"For Recognition of all Children's Right to Quality Educational Services, from Birth Onward."

* New graduates take charge of early learning in Nunavut hamlet

"Pond Inlet families celebrated the graduation of six new early childhood educators this month, graduates of the Baffin community’s first-ever program of its kind."



* Decolonizing Self-care: Towards Caring Communities & self-preservation

"What practices, processes will support collectives of caring in the work we do with children, youth, students and families/communities who have experienced trauma/violence?"


Events & Announcements

* What's Your Cultural Humility Pledge?

It's been nearly a year since the launch of the Cultural Humility and Cultural Safety pledge campaign. Share your cultural humility pledge.

Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy

Poverty is complex. The Government of Canada is reaching out to find ways to work together to reduce poverty in Canada and develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy.

HIPPY Launches Mothers Matter Centre

The Mothers Matter Centre is a virtual, national consortium of organizations dedicated to serving socially isolated and low economic status mothers and their families using our proven mother-to-mother approach. We will continue to grow and sustain our flagship Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program and develop other program innovations such as housing assistance, job-skills training, literacy and language training, healthcare, and more.

ELCC Engagement Session Questionnaire

Alongside its Provincial Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs) and in cooperation with Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is gathering feedback that will shape the development of an official Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework.

Heart-Mind Well-Being Workshop

Heart-Mind Workshops share current research, scientific knowledge, best practices and practical strategies related to the promotion of social and emotional development in children.

Trauma Healing Guide: Understanding Trauma with Healing Exercises

This is a workshop for caregivers, foster parents, first responders and community workers who work with trauma survivors. To register for the upcoming workshop please fill out the registration form and fax the form to 855-774-3317 and mail the payment or you can register and pay online at:
May 24, 2017 - Campbell River, BC
May 25, 2017 - Vancouver, BC
May 26, 2017 - Kamloops, BC
May 30, 2017 - Prince George, BC
June 1, 2017 - Terrace, BC

Regional Engagement and Information Sessions on Language Legislation

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is holding regional sessions in May and June 2017 to talk about the promised Indigenous language legislation for Canada. Our goal is to ensure that B.C. language experts are well-informed so that when the national Assembly of First Nations (AFN) does its consultations, everyone will be prepared to provide input. RSVP to attend:
Prince George: May 25, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, University of Northern British Columbia
Richmond: May 31, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sandman Signature Hotel
Nanaimo: June 2, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Vancouver Island University
Terrace: June 12, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Kitsumkalum Community Center Hall

2017 Early Childhood Education Summer Institute

Register by May 26, 2017. Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities. The 2017 IECER Summer Institute will bring together ECED students, ECE and IDSC professionals, and others interested in early childhood and infant development, to explore the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Recommendations as Canada begins to celebrate 150 Years. Takes place July 8 - 15, 2017.

Guiding and Supporting Children's Behaviour

May 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Ladner Pioneer Library (4683 51 Street) in Delta. During this wokrhsop the participants will review how the children can have open-endedexpression within the classroom and how we can empower the children to communicate with one another.

How Do We #MakeBCHealthier4Kids

May 30, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm you are invited to join the BC Healthy Living Alliance and the YMCA BC for an engaging policy discussion on the health and wellbeing of children and youth in BC at the Robert Lee YMCA (955 Burrard Street) in downtown Vancouver.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC, will set the stage for the conversation with an overview of the Provincial Health Officer’s most recent indicators report, Is “Good”, Good Enough? The Health and Well-Being of Children & Youth in BC’.

* Call for Abstracts for the Early Years 2018 conference

Topics will include considerations and practices in work with young children and their families, as we adapt to our rapidly changing society. Call for abstracts is open until May 31, 2017.

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorly Challenging Kids

Join Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School" at the Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna from 9:30 am4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries or

Supporting Outdoor Play and Exploration in the Early Years

June 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at Child Care Options (#100-6846 King George Blvd) in Surrey. this workshop aims to inspire educators to further incorporate the natural environment in their programs.

Inquiry Based Curriculum and B.C. Early Learning Frame Work

June 15, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This is a hands on workshop involving a variey of materials and uses, in part, the BC early learning framework to help support thinking about co-creation and collaboration with children.

CCRR "Exploration and Discovery Conference" Call for Proposals

The Sunshine Coast is inviting workshop proposals for their annual fall conference, Exploration and Discovery to be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt. Participants include child care providers, other community organizations and parents. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 16, 2017. For more information please visit the website or contact 604-885-5657 or

* How to Raise a Wild Child

June 21, 2017. Science World announces a new series of talks focused on the theme of learning through play. The new series, entitled the Wonder Speaker Series, will raise funds in support of the Wonder Gallery—Science World’s engaging and imaginative space for our youngest learners.

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.

Job Postings

* Early Childhood Educator

Mission, BC
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* Early Childhood Educator

Victoria, BC
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Indigenous Early Years Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Announced!

The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program will ensure that more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate) applications and guidelines available now! Deadline is noon, June 8, 2017! The IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree) will be available on May 16, 2017.

* First Nations Language Teacher Mentor-Apprentice Program

Eligibility: Teachers of BC First Nations languages who are First Nations members of a BC First Nations community are eligible to apply for a grant. Consideration will also be given to individuals who are training to become First Nations language teachers.

Eligibility criteria:
• must be actively teaching or training to teach a BC First Nations language (early childhood,

K-12, adult);
• eligibility is not restricted to those individuals teaching in formal education institutions, but is

also open to those who teach in community programs.

Application Deadline: June 23, 2017 by 4:00 pm.

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.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

* Inclusive Education Summit

June 4, 2017

Sheraton Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

2017 Learning Institute: Reconciling Indigenous Research Relationships

June 27 – 30, 2017

First Peoples’ House, Ceremonial Hall (UVic), Victoria, BC

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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