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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.

* BCACCS is Hiring

This is a Full-Time contract: May 2018 - March 31, 2019. The Policy Analyst will support and inform Delegated Aboriginal Agencies in response to the commitment by the provincial and federal governments in reforming First Nations Child and Family Services. Deadline to apply is April 13, 2018.

Research & News

* Comparing government’s Child Care BC commitments with the community’s $10aDay Plan

"The $10aDay Plan supports Indigenous rights in Indigenous child care. We will continue to seek appropriate opportunities to support our Indigenous colleagues in assuming their rightful leadership roles in the Indigenous governance of child and family supports."

* Parents hoping to see reduced daycare fees may have to wait

"A lack of information has some of B.C.'s child care operators considering opting out or delaying signing up for an initiative that promises to save parents money."

* B.C. court orders return of Indigenous child in apprehension case

“With this strong foundation, this baby will have every opportunity to grow up safe, supported, and loved by both her mother’s and father’s First Nations,” she wrote in a statement.

* Exploring socially-responsive approaches to children's rehabilitation with Indigenous communities, families and children

"This paper, authored by Alison Gerlach, PhD, summarizes knowledge about rehabilitation for Indigenous children with developmental challenges, disabilities, and complex health conditions. It explores the relevancy of the concepts of 'disability' and 'rehabilitation' within the settler-colonial context of Canada, highlights emerging themes in the literature on rehabilitation with Indigenous children in Canada, and identifies current gaps in knowledge and areas for future research."

* Canada and the Métis Nation move forward on Canada-Métis Nation Accord

"Ministers and Métis Nation leaders also actioned further work on accords to implement Budget commitments in relation to housing, early learning and child care and Indigenous skills employment and training."



* "All Kind of Minds" Free book request

This book allows children and youth to talk about their own neurological or psychological differences, things such as ADHD, anxiety, autism or PTSD.


Events & Announcements

* Why We Urge Child Care Providers to Opt In to the New Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative

A Joint Statement by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC and Early Childhood Educators of BC

New 24 hour Jordan's Principle reporting line

Take a look at this podcast episode describing Menominee understandings of how relationships with the natural world support learning in early learning settings.

Partnerships Project

The Partnerships Project Training Modules are a community based training delivery model for practitioners and parents in communities who serve children birth to six with special needs and their families.

* Growing Systems Leadership for Children - Call for Expressions of Interest is Open

Seeking 2 or 3 inter-sectoral groups in British Columbia who would like to be part of a ground breaking project to deepen leadership and collaboration towards improving the life chances of children in our province. These groups may be geographic or organizational “communities” who have a history of working together to create change.

New Features on the Early Years Professional Development (EYPD) web portal

It’s been one year since the public launch of the Early Years Professional Development (EYPD) web portal. It is easier than ever to find training that suits your needs and interests.

Updated First Peoples' Cultural Council Website

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is excited to announce the launch of a beta (preview) version of 2.0, its ground-breaking online Indigenous language archiving and teaching resource. continuing to make updates and are seeking feedback from the wider 

community of FirstVoices users until March 31, 2018 via a new feedback feature located on the FirstVoices homepage.

Children's Rights and Environments: 2018 Call for Manuscripts

The Canadian Journal of Children’s Rights is welcoming manuscripts from academics, researchers, community partners and young people that address the broad theme of Children’s Rights and Environments. The Editors encourage a variety of contributions including scholarly essays, original research articles, comparative analyses, critical reviews, advocacy and policy articles as well as personal narratives, interviews, oral histories and poetry to each of the sections of the Journal: academic, open, student, and youth submissions. Deadline to

submit manuscripts is April 1, 2018.

* 2018 Child Care Awards of Excellence nominations open

Do you know a child-care provider who is going above and beyond to help kids achieve their best? Nominate them for a Child Care Award of Excellence. Nominations must be post-marked no later than midnight on April 8, 2018. Winners will be announced during Child Care Month in May.

Families with Diverse and Complex Needs

April 12, 2018 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Parent involvement and competence is a key component of success for children/youth with developmental exceptionalities. A parent’s relationship with the community professionals can make all the difference in terms of their level of empowerment. The workshop explores practical ways of moving practitioners towards more sensitive services that are empowering families.

The How’s and Why’s of Hiring: Supervision and Resolving Staff Issues

April 14, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. Human resources are one of the keys to maintaining quality in child care. Participants will look at practices, skills and methods for finding, developing and retaining quality staff in our programs.

Child Care Subsidy Information Session

April 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dawson Creek CCRR (Co-op Mall Suite 117, 10200 8th Street). This workshop focuses on understanding the child care subsidy program. Topics covered include: elegibility, application process, guardian responsibilities, renewal process, and payments.

To register call Pam Dowell 250-782-1136 ext 221 or email

Truth and Reconciliation: What It Means For Non-Indigenous ECE Providers

April 18, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Penticton (Edmonton Avenue Afterschool Program). Have you heard about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action? The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Do you wonder what they mean to you as your role as an

early childhood educator or administrator? In this interactive workshop participants are encouraged to engage with an open mind and their questions about truth and reconciliation, to join the journey of a Canada moving away from its colonial past. 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.

Gender Differences in Learning and Behaviour

April 21, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm. TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for parents and child care providers of children 0-12 years of age. Females speak up to 10 times as many words in a day as males – how come?  70% of learning and behavioural disability designations are boys - what does this

tell us?  Are girls emotionally stronger than boys? What is the best way to deal with a boy who is up set? A girl who is upset?

Inclusion: From Concern to Ideas – How to Make it Successful

April 25, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Tri-Cities CCRR. Defining Inclusion and how we can make it work for everyone. We will help to provide practical ideas and resources for Early Childhood Educators and the ECE setting. Please come with questions and concerns that impact your daily environment.

Engaging with Families

May 3, 7:00‐9:00 pm. BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all in home child care providers. As In home Child Care Providers we are often the parent’s first line of information about a variety of topics that include child development, behaviors, 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 who are the parents of the children we care for, how we get to know them and the power of good old fashioned conversation. Through the understanding of culture we will be

better able to work with each child and his/her family. We will also look at how to maintain our professionalism from the time we have first contact on the phone to the final day of the child at the centre.

Cedar Weaving

May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Cedar is significant in ceremonies and spiritual beliefs. At this workshop participants will be introduced to cedar weaving and will be weaving cedar headbands.

Truth and Reconciliation: What It Means For Non-Indigenous ECE Workers

May 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House. Have you heard about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action or the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? Do you wonder what they mean to you, in your role as an early childhood educator or administrator?

The Need for Unstructured Play

May 26, 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. Children's time today is more structured than it has ever been at any other point in modern history. Is much of the dramatic play you are seeing about enacting media characters? How have we gotten to this place? What are we losing in human growth

and development by not giving both time and value to unstructured play?

Foundation Series Workshop

November 15 and 17, 2018 in Maple Ridge. Workshops for early childhood educators and health professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee. Contact Roberta O'Brien, 604-467-6055 or in

order to register.

Job Postings

* Policy Analyst (Partnership and Planning)

Full-Time contract: May 2018 - March 31, 2019
Flexible (Vancouver preferred), BC
Position closes April 13, 2018

* Early Childhood Educator/Infant Toddler Educator

Nanaimo, BC
Position closes 4:00 pm on March 22, 2018

Check our jobs page for more postings



* BCLI is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program

FPCC is pleased to announce that the B.C. Language Initiative Program (BCLI) is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program year! BCLI supports projects to revitalize British Columbia First Nations languages through documentation, immersion programs, materials and curriculum development, traditional and cultural programming, and community collaboration. First Nations communities and organizations are eligible to submit proposals. Application Deadline: April 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Professional Development Funds

A reminder that there are proD funds available for all IDP/AIDP/SCD/ASCD professionals in BC. Diana Elliot coordinates the application process with an advisory committee. Contact her at directly at 250-388-5593 or toll free at 1-866-338-4881 or email Updated Prod D Duns User Guides can be found at or

Minor Capital Funding available

Do you require emergency upgrades or repairs to your facility or replacement or repairs of flooring, fixtures or other eligible furnishings to comply with the Licensing Regulations within your Child Care Facility? Or are you relocating? You may be eligible for up to $2,000.00 in Minor Capital Funding per facility (per physical address not per licence). If you have any questions, please call the program toll free at 1 888-338-6622 option 5.

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin

Early childhood and child development is one of the Trust’s 13 strategic priorities. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1.800.505.8998. The next grant

intake will take place in spring 2018.

2018 BC Aboriginal student and teacher awards application available

Application forms for 2018 BC Aboriginal Student Awards and BC Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards are now available through the Irving K. Barber BC Scholarship Society.

Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) Accepting Proposals

The ALI program supports community-based projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages, and is delivered in B.C. by the First Peoples' Cultural Council. Grants should be between $25,000 - $50,000 maximum, per year. Multi-year funding is available for projects that span over two fiscal years. Eligible strategies include participatory (language immersion) programming and resource development (archiving or documentation).

Community and social service grants for non-profit organizations

To help build strong communities in Vancouver, the City offers a range of funding for non-profit social service groups and neighbourhood organizations in the form of grants.
There are grants available for operating childcare centres, providing services to at-risk communities, small-scale renovations to facilities, and more. Check online for deadlines, vary per grant.

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

Tenth Annual Vancouver Neufeld Conference
April 13 -14, 2018
Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

International FASD Conference

April 18 – 21, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

* Transitions and Transformations: Influencing Change Through Relational Practice

May 1 – 4, 2018

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

* Navigating Our World Through the Lens of Early Childhood. It’s Our Moment

May 3 – 5, 2018

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC

West Kootenay Early Years Conference

May 25 – 26, 2018

Mary Hall, Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus (820 Tenth Street) Nelson, BC

National Symposium on Child Well-being

August 2021, 2018
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

22nd Annual BCAPOP Conference

October 4 – 6, 2018

Westin Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC

8th International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

March 22 – 24, 2019

Calgary, AB


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