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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.

* Early bird registration closes September 22!

Don't miss out on the savings, register today. Learning stories, harnessing the power of photographs and the potential of narrative forms of assessment, are powerful ways to inform classroom practice and demonstrate innovative child care practices to federal and provincial

funders. This is just one example of the fascinating workshops that will be delivered by Mary Caroline Rowan at the 2017 conference.
Our conference theme for 2017 encourages us to grow in our practice and strengthen our partnerships in order to continue our efforts to provide innovative tools for young children to develop strong spirits. We have chosen the title It Takes a Village: Coming together for  children and families.

Research & News

* BC NDP budget pledges major spending in health care, education, housing

"[S]ome of the NDP's biggest promises – a $10-a-day child-care program, the elimination of Medical Service Plan premiums and a $400 annual subsidy for renters – was left for another day."

* Premier and First Nations Leaders deliver unified message recognizing UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and TRC Calla to Action

“We are situated in a time of unique and unprecedented opportunity with two levels of government that are fully committed to recognizing Indigenous Peoples rightful place as self-governing nations. This gathering marks a historical moment as we break free from our colonial past and move towards true reconciliation of our Title and Rights,” said Assembly of First Nations A/Regional Chief Maureen Chapman.

* Government expands Healthy Kids program for low income children

“The provincial government has increased funding for the BC Healthy Kids program. The BC Healthy Kids Program helps low-income families with the cost of dental and vision care for their children. More than 166,000 children will benefit from these changes, which amount to $6 million in increased funding. The funding now include coverage for hearing aids and will increase the limit for children’s dental services from $1400 to $2000 every two years."

* Opinion - Charla Huber: Child-care subsidy is an investment

"The B.C. Child Care Subsidy isn’t a handout, it’s an investment in our community and our children."



* Reconciliation Canada Resources

Need more information on Reconciliation, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, or United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? You can find a whole bunch of resources and shareable documents on the Reconciliation Canada site.

* BC Budget 2017 Update

The update mentions that it provides $20 million in 2017/18 for new child care investments. Full budget available here.


Events & Announcements

* Course: Indigenous Canada

The University of Alberta is offering a 12 week MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) titled INDIGENOUS CANADA. You can enroll free or receive a certificate for a fee. From an Indigenous perspective, the course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, and contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions.

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.

HELP Talks

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) next HELP Talks will take place on September 13, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Michael Smith Laboratories Theatre (Room 102). Welcome Dr. Mark T. Greenberg and a panel of distinguished guests for a morning of presentations focused Sustaining and Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning Interventions. RSVP to if you plan to attend.

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.

Webinar: What Is Postpartum Care?

September 18, 10:00 – 11:30 am (PST). In this informative, interesting, and interactive session, explore the past and present roles of doulas and midwives in our communities.

* Transforming early childhood pedagogies through a child-oriented focus in plural societies

September 19, 6:30 pm. Early childhood pedagogy is situated, dynamic and complex. Traditionally, this perspective has been side-lined in favour of a unified concept premised on dominant universal western constructions of who children are and how they should be educated. Dr. Ebrahim explores the notion of a child-oriented focus as a frame to guide pedagogy. Her research discusses intentionality, participation and relational attunement as building blocks for pedagogic flexibility which is needed to drive inclusive early childhood practice.

CCCF 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) gives notice that the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on September 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm (EST) via webinar.

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.

Creating Successful Environments and Engaging Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers

September 23, 9:30 am ‐ 12:45 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 0‐3 years of age. In the first three years of life children go through the most intensive period of brain development they will ever experience in their lifespan. In order to capitalize on this critical period of development very young children need to be in supportive, nurturing and engaging environments. Participants review the benefits of frequently adapting the environment and materials; how to adjust the flow of the program in response to child needs and learn strategies to re-evaluate their practice.

2017 Walk for Reconciliation

The Walk for Reconciliation is a positive movement to build better relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. This bold vision calls on everyone of all ages, all backgrounds, all cultures and all faiths to come together as communities and as individuals  and walk on September 24, 2017.

Understanding the Emotional Needs of Your Children

September 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. During this workshop the participants will be offered an opportunity to look at the emotional needs of the children in their care. Educators can be faced with more challenges due to the needs of families and children in their care. This workshop will enhance your existing skills and will elevate your passion by looking at the child through a different lens.

Orange Shirt Day: Every Child Matters

Orange Shirt Day is September 30th. This day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year.

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.

EDI Subscales: Save the Date

In September 2017, HELP will be releasing new EDI subscale reports for all BC school districts. EDI subscale data are complex – and different from EDI vulnerability rates. These data may raise new questions, insights and considerations about childhood development  and vulnerability in your region or community. To help address emerging questions we will be creating ongoing opportunities, both in person and online, to provide guidance and support for interpreting district and neighbourhood subscale data.
First up, Getting started with your Community Subscales Data, a webinar being held on October 11, 2017.

* "Best Choices" Ethics Training (Vancouver) - Modules 1 to 4

October 14 - December 2, Lower Mainland.

Module 1: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Module 2: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Module 3: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Module 4: Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm

Professionals in the Early Care & Learning sector work with one of the most vulnerable groups in society – young children. The quality of the interactions between young children and their caregivers has a significant, enduring impact on children’s lives. The intimacy of the relationship and the potential that exists to do harm call for a commitment on the part of early childhood educators to the highest standards of ethical practice. Please note that the workshop capacity is limited to 25 participants, so register early as spaces fill up quickly! The

registration and payment deadline is Friday, October 6 2017 at noon.

Nurturing Leadership

October 14, 9:30 am ‐ 2.00 pm BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all early learning child care professionals working in the field; as well as ECE instructors/administrators. SFU Child Care Society believes that each of our educators have the skills and ability to lead in their area of expertise. Through the nurturing of collaborative relationships, educators grow in their capacity to engage with new and old philosophies. During this workshop we will explore areas of leadership opportunities that can be nurtured, and examine the role of on‐going mentoring.

Indigenous Languages Initiative Engagement Sessions

Input from First Nations is being sought as this legislation is co-developed. Although engagement sessions have already been held for British Columbia, Yukon, and Saskatewan there will be a First Nations National Roll Up Engagement Session in Ottawa, ON on October 18-19, 2017.

Responsive Curriculum: Inspiring and Intentional Program Planning

October 21, 9:30 am ‐ 2:00 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 3‐5 years of age. 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. This hands on workshop will empower and inspire you to collaborate and observe the children in your programs from a different lens.

* Understanding ADD/ADHD and Embracing It!

October 28, 9:30 am ‐ 2:00 pm (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 2‐5 years of age. Discover some great tips on how to embrace the great advantages of having ADHD/ADD. Understand how to support the child's needs through inclusive activities that strengthen the relationships of the child living with ADD/ADHD, as well as strategies to assist the child with organizing thoughts, routines, circle time behaviour and transitions. 

* Managing Transitions

November 2, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm (Burnaby). Suitable for all child care providers. For both children and adults transitions between activities or between home and childcare can be both stressful and frustrating. During this session participants will be presented with strategies to use before, during, and after both types of transitions to promote independence and set a positive tone.

* Let's Talk Teacher Training for fully certified ECE

Early Childhood Educator training for implementing “Let's Talk”, a sexual abuse prevention program for young children is being offered November 4 - 5, 2017. Please note that participants must register for and attend the full two days of training.

Indigenous Education and Early Childhood: Past, Present and The Way Forward

November 25, 10:00 am ‐ 3:30 pm. Through discussion and hands-on activities, this workshop will provide participants with a history of Indigenous education in Canada, Residential Schools and effects on early learners, as well as an overview of current issues in Indigenous education with discussions on how to move forward and incorporate the Truth and Reconciliation Committee's calls to action. With the new BC curriculum it is important for our early learners to have a strong understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing.

* Designing Culturally Focused Early Childhood Curriculum

December 2, 9:30 am ‐ 12:45 pm (Coquitlam). Suitable for all child care providers. Learn to incorporate Aboriginal cultural curriculum content into daily lessons and programming. After a brief presentation, we will look at some resources developed by the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society and a selection of children’s storybooks with cultural themes. We will practice some activities based on these resources that can enhance your children’s learning experiences.

Truth and Reconciliation: What it Means for Non-Indigenous ECE Workers

December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. In this interactive workshop participants are encouraged to come with an open mind and their questions about truth and reconciliation. Together we will explore what it means to be a settler, Canada’s historical relationship with Indigenous people, where we are now, and can go from here. We will discuss what it looks like to practice cultural humility, leadership in reconciliation, and build a safe space for Indigenous children and families in your program.

Job Postings

* Casual Instructor AECE Program

Terrace, BC
Position closes September 22, 2017

* Coordinator/Instructor AECE Program

Terrace, BC
Position closes September 22, 2017

Check our jobs page for more postings



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.

Doulas for Aboriginal Families Grant Program

The BC Association of Friendship Centres and First Nations Health Authority are proud to jointly offer funding to pay for prenatal, birthing and postpartum doula services for expectant Aboriginal mothers and families, living in BC (living either on and off reserve).
This grant program provides up to $1000 of coverage for each pregnancy in a family.

Vancouver Foundation - Education and Training field of interest funding

Supports projects that use social innovation to build healthy, vibrant, and livable communities across British Columbia in order to influence and change the systems that strengthen schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces through the participation of students, parents, educators and employers.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Exploring the Early Years Caregiver’s Conference

September 30, 2017

Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, Smithers, BC

* Connecting the Pieces: Pre-K and K Conference 2017

October 20, 2017

Brookswood Secondary School, Langley, BC

* The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat

October 21 – 22, 2017

The Cammidge House, Tsawwassen, BC

Exploration and Discovery

October 21, 2017

Chatelech Secondary, Sunshine Coast, BC

BCACCS 2017 Annual Provincial Training Conference - It Takes a Village: Coming together for children and families

October 27 – 29, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

Children the Heart of the Matter

January 26 – 27, 2018

The Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC

Early Years Conference

January 26 – 27, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

March 1 – 2, 2018

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, 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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