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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.

* Wow what an amazing 20th conference

Thank you so much to the #BCACCSVillage conference participants, presenters, speakers, and guests for celebrating with us and sharing your stories and hearts. Sponsors, thank you for your support: First Nations Health Authority, Native Northwest, Bank of Montreal, Provincial Health Services Authority, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, Wintergreen, First Nations Technology Council, Fairware, and Initial Print for their generous contributions as well as to all the businesses and Trade Fair vendors who thoughtfully donated door prizes for our delegates to win. Photos will be posted this week and shared in the next e-news.

Research & News

* 2016 Census Demonstrates Urgency of First Nations Priorities

"Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde says today’s release of census information by Statistics Canada demonstrates the urgent need to invest in a young and rapidly growing First Nations population, which increased by 39.3% per cent in the last ten years."

* Minister of Indigenous Services Mandate Letter

"Work with the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development to support the implementation of a distinct Indigenous framework as part of the National Early Learning and Childcare Framework that will take into consideration the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children as a step towards delivering affordable, high-quality, flexible, and fully inclusive child care."

* B.C. names 27 people to poverty reduction forum

"One in five B.C. children are living in poverty, according to the First Call child advocacy coalition’s 2016 Child Poverty Report Card."



* Mem7iman Child Development Centre Video

Get inspired by this example of culturally rich learning experience that connects students with their community and the rich natural landscapes surrounding them.


Events & Announcements

Jordan’s Principle in BC

FNHA is responsible for administering Jordan’s Principle resources in British Columbia. Jordan's Principle is meant to prevent First Nations children from being denied essential services or experiencing delays in receiving them. Do you know a child or youth that needs help?

Find out more about Jordan’s Principle in BC, and how to report a case.

* UBC Early Years Conference Registration and Brochure Now Available

The Early Years Conference brochure is now available online. This conference will explore the complex factors impacting children’s development, recognizing the essential aspect of nurturing relationships within families and in our professional roles as the cornerstone of strengthening children’s resilience.

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.

Celebrate Financial Literacy Month this November

Financial Literacy Month is coming up fast! Each November Canadians celebrate Financial Literacy Month. Discover new ways to become more savvy with your money!

Reducing the Risk of Worker Injury in Child Care Centres

November 1, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs) are the aches and pains that we may feel in our body. They can limit our ability to work at our optimum. Come and learn about how you can protect your body and reduce the risk of injuries while working in your child care program.
To identify possible risk factors for injury.
To learn about ideas for reducing risk of injury while caring for children.

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.

Emotional Literacy in Early Childhood Education

November 6, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. A workshop about the importance of teaching emotional literacy in the early years, how it sets a foundation for children to express themselves independently, and how it helps with self regulation.

Early Identification 

November 8, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children up to 5 years of age. Early identification is the process for identifying, as early as possible, children who may need some support with their development. Early detection of developmental issues is essential to providing timely and effective intervention.

* Want to inlcude an article in the CCRR newsletter?

The deadline for submissions for this issue is Friday, November 10th, 2017. Short articles (half page maximum) or notices of events and activities that may be of interest to child care providers, parents and other child care community partners are welcome as well as updates or news on Committees or projects that might be of interest to child care providers, families and community partners. The CCRR newsletter has a circulation of over 1000 that includes all registered and licensed child care centres, parents, students, and community partners and agencies. Please submit your articles directly to Cassandra Van Dyck at

Special evening with Ellen Galinsky

November 20, 7:00 ‐ 9:30 pm. Parents, Educators and Caregivers! Spend the United Nations International Day of the Child at a special evening presentation with Ellen Galinsky.
Find out about the 7 essential skills that all children (and adults!) need in order to be succesful in life, and how you can nurture these skills in your children.

Supporting Families with Diverse and Complex Needs

November 22, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers and parents of children 0‐5 years of age. This workshop will explore the essential roles of the parent and service provider. Parent involvement and competence is a key component of success for children with developmental exceptionalities. A parent’s relationship with the community professional can make all the difference in terms of their level of empowerment. The workshop explores practical ways of moving practitioners towards services that are more closely aligned with enabling empowering families.

Developmental Circle Time

November 23, 6:30 ‐ 8:30 pm NWEST (New Westminster Children’s Centre‐Simcoe Building). Suitable for child care providers of children 2‐5 years of age. Struggling with providing a positive experience at circle time? Supported Child Development Consultants from Spirit of the Children and New Westminster Children’s Centre will  review the developmental value of circle times and share some ideas and strategies that will allow your circle times to be socially engaging for everyone including your reluctant  and can’t sit still learners.

* Regional Discussions on Aboriginal Identity for the 2021 Census

Invitation to those who have not yet responded and to provide additional details on the discussions in B.C. The purpose of this event is to discuss the Aboriginal Identity questions as they were stated on the 2016 Census, gather feedback and determine if changes need to be made for the 2021 Census.

Vancouver Discussions
Date: November 23, 2017
Location: 300 W Georgia Street (Library Square-Room 201)
Morning Discussion: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Afternoon Discussion: 1:00PM-4:00PM

Victoria Discussions
Date: November 24, 2017
Location: University of Victoria- Cadboro Commons Building (Campus View Room)
Morning Discussion: 9:00AM-12:00PM
Afternoon Discussion: 1:00PM-4:00PM

At all discussions, coffee and light snacks provided. Please send your name, what time, and which city discussion you intend to participate in to or call 1 (780) 495-4009. Please feel free to forward this invitation. If someone wants to provide their

feedback, but cannot attend one of these events, Bethany can send out the materials with a form by email.

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.

How to Talk to Parents about Their Child’s Behaviour

December 13, 7:00 ‐ 9:00 pm TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 2 years of age and up. This workshop emphasizes current information on best practices for working with families. There will be a brief review of the parent and child care provider roles. We will review Family Centred Practice and how to be both a child care provider and also a family support.

Nominate an outstanding Early Childhood Educator for a 2018 Prime Minister's Award!

For most of us, at least one teacher stands out in our memories. Those teachers played an important role in our lives as they do in the lives of today's children. The Prime Minister's Awards honour exemplary early childhood educators that help build the next generation of talented, caring and creative Canadians. Nomination close January 12, 2018.

Family Literacy Day 2018 Theme: Learn at Play, Every Day!

Mark your calendars! January 27, 2018. Learning together every day can be fun for the whole family. Stay tuned for new resources, activities and an event guide. How do you plan to celebrate?

Job Postings

* Vancouver ASCD Program Team Leader

Vancouver, BC
Position closes 4:00PM on November 3, 2017

* Family and Intervention Counsellor

Vancouver, BC
Position closes once filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



Indigenous Early Years Bursary Second Call Application

The New Relationship Trust Foundation (NRT Foundation) is pleased to announce the launch of a new $1 million Indigenous Early Years Scholarship and Bursary program. This initiative is made possible with the support of the Provincial Office for the Early Years.
Eligible Program types: Bursaries - Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree Programs
Applications are due Tuesday, November 7 at NOON PST.

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

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

Vancouver Island Regional Training 2018

February 19 - 20, 2018

(TBA) Victoria, 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

West Kootenay Early Years Conference

May 25 – 26, 2018

(TBA) Nelson, BC.

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

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC


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