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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.

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BCACCS Resource Centre Highlight

Learn Wit'suwit'en with these community-created bilingual picture books available for loan from the BCACCS Resource Centre.

This set of children’s books was developed by the Kyah Wiget Education Society (Moricetown, B.C.) to enhance its language and culture program and showcase the work and teachings of local storytellers, illustrators, teachers and other community members. Some examples include:
The Pink and Sockeye Salmon
The Spider and the Children
The Boy and the Salmon

Find out more about how to borrow these resources, email

Research & News

* 40 new child care spots announced

"The Squamish Nation is preparing to open its first daycare at Xwemelch’stn after the provincial government announced a $500,000 grant for the nation’s Mother Bear Child Development Program."

* 100 new childcare spaces being funded

"?aq’amnik Daycare will be renovating its facilities as one of the recipients of a Columbia Basin Trust Child Care Capital Grant."

* Inequality is rearing its ugly head in B.C., and we can do better

"That social alienation starts early and it’s a vicious cycle, said Adrienne Montani, provincial co-ordinator for First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition. Kids who miss out on early opportunities, like preschool or swimming lessons, miss both developmental opportunities

and the chance to build social capital, she said."

* The $25anHour Strategy

"The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) continues to work toward fairly compensated ECEs who benefit from appropriate working conditions. The $25anHour campaign calls for ECEs to receive an average of $25/hour plus 20% in benefits."

* Royal B.C. Museum nominates Indigenous music collection for UNESCO program

"From my position in the archives, I think the most important thing she did was to have preserved these songs as a way that means they are now accessible to the communities and they are able to use them to revitalize their culture and bring back some of their ceremonies," said Weber.



* Speaking Our Truth invites people on journey of reconciliation

In Speaking Our Truth, acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith leads readers ages 9-13 on a learning journey about the lives of residential school survivors, listening to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.

* BC Budget 2018: First Steps on $10aDay Child Care

The $10aDay website provides factsheets, including this campaign policy briefing note for the BC budget 2018 that highlights three key first expectations for the roll-out.


Events & Announcements

* Aboriginal HIPPY – Tsleil-Waututh First Nation

Read the newsletter shout-outs and learn more about the extraordinary work HIPPY sites undertake every day in their respective communities. Tsleil-Waututh is among the sites highlighted in this issue.

Could Jordan’s Principle help a child, youth or family that you know and love?

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.

Sign your children up today for the B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant

“The B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant, available today at all CIBC banking centres in B.C., is an investment opportunity not to be overlooked by parents and grandparents. We can work with you to fit an RESP into your overall financial plan and help you find ways to meet your family’s education savings goals.”

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.

Is Your Program Inclusive?

At EKCCRR, join a three hour workshop in your community exploring best practices in engaging Aboriginal families and children ….even if you think you don’t have any attending your program.
• Learn East Kootenay Ktunaxa history and how that affects the children and families attending your program.
• Learn about new Ktunaxa resources available to you and your program and why these are important parts of our planning.
** Every program will receive FREE resources!! ** More information to follow in Spring 2018

Want some Support or Resources for raising grandchildren?

Are you a grandparent raising grandchildren (or other relative raising kin)? Do you live on Vancouver Island? You might be interested in the parent support newsletter, Support Circles, Support Line and other resources.

Nobody's Perfect Parenting Facilitator Training

January 18, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm in Vancouver (The Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel, 838 Hamilton Street). Nobody’s Perfect is a parenting education program where parents can safely share their experiences and concerns and receive the support of other parents. This program, developed in Canada for Canadian parents of every cultural community, has been consistently demonstrated to positively impact the parenting knowledge, skills and confidence of participants.

* Grand Opening of the Katzie Early Years Centre

On January 24, 2018 join the ribbon cutting ceremony for Katzie Early Years Centre in Pitt Meadows. Celebrate the creation of a brand new child centred environment for children 0-12 years.

Exploring Documentation with Infants and Toddlers

January 27, 9:30 am ‐12:45 pm (3 hours of professional development with a 15 minute break) TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 0‐3 years of age. In this workshop, we will explore the use of documentation as a tool for learning with this young age

group. Through examples and shared experiences we will begin conversations about the  process of documentation and how this process can not only be beneficial in children’s learnings but more importantly, how this work has the ability to transform critical thinking for


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?

IndEdu200x: Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education

Join this free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Engage with Indigenous knowledge keepers, educational leaders, and resources to enhance your understanding and knowledge of practices that advance reconciliation in the places where you live, learn, and work. Begins

January 30, 2018.

* Enter your FPCC language data for your chance to win!

In 2010 and again in 2014, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) released the Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages and is now planning the 2018 Report on the Status of B.C. First Nations Languages. The hope is to release it in summer 2018, but your help is needed to accurately represent the status of your language with updates to, or confirmation of, your community's language data. Enter data by January 31, 2018.

Xwi7xwa Library: Community Research and Empowerment

Xwi7xwa Library is a centre for academic and community Indigenous scholarship. Its collections and services reflect Aboriginal approaches to teaching, learning, and research. Everyone is welcome to visit Xwi7xwa Library. January 31, 10:00 am – 11:30 am (PST) take part in the Webinar.

Online Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

For teachers and education professionals, starting September 2018. The application deadline is January 31, 2018.

First Call Fundraising Gala with keynote speaker Grand Chief Ed John

Join First Call on the evening of February 1, 2018 (5:30 - 9:00 pm), and enjoy words from our featured guest, Grand Chief Ed John of Tl'azt'en Nation, First Nations Summit Political Executive and former North American Representative to, and Chair of, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Caring for Ourselves

February 1, 7:00 ‐9:00 pm BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all early learning and child care professionals. Caring for Ourselves is a presentation designed to help early learning practitioners and affiliates acknowledge and celebrate the care they give to children and families, while reflecting upon and further developing strategies to care for themselves. This workshop will identify recent research about stress and introduce healthy tips, strategies and resources that can be used by those who care for and support others.

Risk-taking in Play: It's too Dangerous not to!

February 3, 2018. Learn about the role of physical and emotional risk taking in child directed free play. Call 250-832-4191 or email to register.

It's a Dad's Life

February 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in Burnaby (United Way of the Lower Mainland, 4543 Canada Way). Understand and engaging men on their journey as fathers. This highly interactive and practical workshop will build your capacity to better understand and engage the men in your community.

Income Tax Tips for Care Providers

February 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at CCRR office (45938 Wellington Ave). Discover some important tax tips geared toward care providers. Please call 604.847.2237 to RSVP.

British Columbians asked to help shape referendum on electoral reform

Today through Feb. 28, 2018, British Columbians can visit to learn about the characteristics of voting systems used here and elsewhere in the world, and to provide input on key elements of the referendum — including ballot design, choice of voting systems and public funding distribution during the referendum campaign period.

Managed Risk Taking‐Providing Supportive Challenges for Infants and Toddlers

March 8, 6:30 ‐8:30 pm NWEST (New Westminster). Suitable for child care providers and parents of children 0‐3 years of age. Beginning with an image of infants and toddlers as capable learners who want to explore their world, concrete examples and illustrations will be shared, introducing child care providers to a variety of creative materials and activities with which to challenge this age group.

How Imagination Can Inform Inclusion

March 10, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all child care providers. Inclusion is a difficult concept and an even more difficult reality. Early Childhood Educators may struggle with applying, adapting, and designing inclusion in their classroom. Sometimes this struggle comes from the feelings of helplessness, loneliness and a lack of self-confidence. These feelings are fuels by the lack of time, resources, and mostly…stress.

Job Postings

Early Childhood Educator: Interim Preschool Teacher

Maternity Leave
Kitamaat Village, BC

Check our jobs page for more postings



* 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.

Canada Summer Jobs Update

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is an initiative of the Summer Work Experience program. It provides wage subsidies to employers to create employment for secondary and post-secondary students. Again this year, Canada Summer Jobs welcomes applications from small

businesses, not-for-profit employers, public sector and faith-based organizations that provide quality summer jobs for students. Deadline: February 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Pacific Standard Time (PST).

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

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

Heart-Mind 2018: Take Care of Yourself

February 23 - 24, 2018

Coast Hotel and Convention Centre, Langley, 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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