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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.

* Workshops are Filling up Fast!

Registration is open for the BCACCS annual provincial training conference. Our 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. Register soon to get the early bird price and make sure you get your first choice of workshops.

Research & News

* Continued discrimination against First Nations children violates global anti-racism treaty

“There’s now more reason than ever for the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to be concerned over Canada’s treatment of First Nations kids,” said Dr. Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

* We Were Doulas Before There Were Doulas

"After an unforgettable experience with her daughter, Danette Jubinville advocates for Indigenous-specific birth care."



* The Michif Language Project ~ Cowichan Valley Metis

Children learn language through repetition and play. Young people pick up language skills quickly and easily. The Cowichan Valley Métis Association developed an online Michif language project for young learners.


Events & Announcements

Future Federal Legislation on Accessibility

The B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society has a contract with the Government of Canada (Ministry of Employment and Social Development) to engage Indigenous, Inuit, Metis, First Nations and First Nation service providers across Canada in relation to the new federal accessibility legislation and also to identify factors that impact Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities within First Nation communities. To assist in ensuring that a strong and clear indigenous voice which recognizes the unique disability related needs and priorities of our peoples is presented to the Government of Canada for the development of this new accessibility legislation, the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability or BCANDS is engaging Indigenous communities, leadership, individuals and service providers nationwide for their input, expertise and direction.

Aboriginal Early Childhood Education Certificate

Classes start September 5, 2017. In this 11-month Certificate program, learners prepare for a rewarding career in working with children by learning the basic knowledge and skills about childhood behaviors, cognitive development, and emotional needs. Further studies include learning how to incorporate the Indigenous perspective while planning and delivering programs in a childcare centre. After completing this program, graduates can work in a childcare centre with 3 - 5 year old children.

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.

Call for abstracts: Early Years Conference 2018

The 2018 conference will continue to lead the field of professional development in early childhood development. Topics will include considerations and practices in work with young children and their families, as we adapt to our rapidly changing society.

Online Workshop - A Sense of Belonging: Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learn from four modules: Understanding Aboriginals’ Realities, Aboriginal Child Wellness, Understanding and Respecting Aboriginal, Parenting Approaches and Practice that Supports Aboriginal Parenting. Taught by Best Start Resource Centre. Supports service providers

who work in preconception health, prenatal health and early child development.

Digital Literacy in Early Childhood Education

August 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Already using or thinking about using digital resources in your centre? We will discuss the pros and cons of a connected classroom, from occasional use to a more fully immersed environment. Learn about available resources and how to access them for your centre. Most importantly we will share ideas and resources for teaching digital literacy to children in preschool and Kindergarten.

Save the Date! Exploration and Discovery Oct 21, 2017

This event is brought to you by the Sunshine Coast Child Care Resource and Referral Program. Their goal is to promote, educate and increase community awareness of child development needs and issues, as well as establish networking, professional development and child care advocacy opportunities. Registration begins August 21, 2017. To learn more or register email

Supporting Infants & Toddlers Transition to Group Child Care

August 26, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. The goals of this workshop are to highlight the importance of successful and positive transitions from home to group child care for infants, toddlers and their families as well as to seek better ways to accommodate them.

Inquiry Based Explorations

August 29, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Young children are curious about the world and have creatively unique ways to make meaning of their curiosities, This workshop will provide inquiry rich hands-on explorations with different materials that engage children, from babies to preschoolers who are very capable of devising theories that exude creative reasoning. We will model ways of promoting an inquiry rich program that provoke children to ask questions and formulate collaborative understandings with peers.

Play, Playwork and Adventure Playgrounds

September 06, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This workshop is for people who already believe in the benefits and importance of children's sel-directed play. and are looking to learn more about adventure playgrounds, playwork, and adventurous play.

* FASD Awareness Day

September 8, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (231 Regina Avenue) in Victoria, BC. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder affects all walks of life.

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.

Creating Meaningful Transitions in Child Care

September 12, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. This workshop will allow participants to explore how transitions can nurture children's curiosity, provide an opportunity for caregivers to connect with children, and inspire them to find different ways to help children adapt to the necessary changes in their day.

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.

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.

* 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.

Job Postings

* Early Childhood Educator (ECE)

Fort St. John, BC
This position will remain open until filled

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.

* 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

S’TENISTOLW̱ 2017 Indigenous Adult Education Conference

August 23 – 25, 2017

Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, 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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