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May 24, 2016

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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 Comments on Shameful Neglect: Indigenous Child Poverty in Canada Report

The hope for a “reconciliation framework” responsive to the truth of Indigenous hardship and oppression cannot fail to put First Nations children at its centre. Along with their neglect on reserve, Indigenous children are overrepresented in state care by a factor of ten. Teegee asks, “If we won’t admit the symptoms of colonialism, how can we confront and reverse its causes?”

Research & News

* Letting babies cry themselves to sleep not damaging, study finds

A controversial method of "sleep training" in which babies cry themselves to sleep does help babies fall asleep sooner and doesn't appear to have harmful effects. But an alternative technique works almost as well, a new study has found.

* Independent advisors guide improvements in child welfare

The Ministry of Children and Family Development’s 2016-17 budget provided $72.2 million, of which $65.5 million will address caseload and cost pressures with the remainder tagged as a start on addressing items outlined in Bob Plecas’ December 2015 report, Part One: Decision Time. This includes funding this year for 130 new staff, including 100 frontline social workers.

* Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond statement

"The Representative continues to have deep concerns about this committee’s work being based largely on the Dec. 14, 2015 report of Bob Plecas."

* Province Ignores First Nations on Children and Families

BC Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson concluded, “We call on the Advisory Council and the Province to consider whether it is appropriate and prudent that this Council is the suitable body given the lack of engagement with Indigenous Nations and First Nations organizations. The Federal government has made significant changes and has shown in very real ways inclusion and involvement of First Nations in a renewed relationship; we implore the Provincial government to do the same. We ask you to consider whether the Province’s approach is consistent with the lessons learned and Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. As Indigenous Peoples we know how best to protect our families and our communities. We must all move forward together, and Indigenous people absolutely have to be respected and included as decision makers.”

* British Columbia honours outstanding child-care providers

“Child-care providers do some of the most important work in our province, and they are not regularly acknowledged for the immense contribution they make to the lives of children, families and communities,” said Wayne Robertson, chair of the Provincial Child Care Council.

* National daycare proposal to be ready by summer, says minister

The broad strokes of a national child care agreement, to be used as the basis for individual funding agreements between Ottawa and the provinces, will be available by summer, says the provincial minister in charge of the file.

* Institute says 60 per cent of First Nation children on reserve live in poverty

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Aboriginal kids, according to new findings released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

* 51% of First Nations kids in poverty: study

“It is abhorrent that we still have this statistic, in this day and age,” Mary Teegee, president of the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, told Metro. “We’re a first-world country. It’s abysmal and disheartening to see such child poverty rates.”



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Events & Announcements

Take part in the StrongStart evaluation

The Ministry of Education in partnership with the Provincial Office for the Early Years has engaged the Atkinson Centre at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto to undertake a review of StrongStart BC. The ministry is seeking feedback from parents/caregivers, school administrators, educators and community partners. The purpose of the review is to:

  • Understand the impact of StrongStart BC
  • Identify how StrongStart BC works with other community partners
  • Provide recommendations to improve the program

ECEBC's Sector Survey

Please take 25-30 minutes to help ECEBC improve supports in the Early Care and Learning Sector. You are also welcome to share this survey with anyone in the Early Care and Learning Sector. Your feedback is important. If you complete this survey by May 31 and complete the draw information on the link at the end of this survey you will be entered for a chance to win a free 2017 conference registration and an iPad mini.
ECEBC is the provincial organization for Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), ECE students, ECE instructors, assistants and others involved in the Early Care and Learning Sector in BC. ECEBC services include training, public education, conferences and a strong public voice for children, families and the ECE workforce. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential.

Stats Can: Living arrangements of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under

This study uses data from the National Household Survey (NHS) to examine the living arrangements of Aboriginal children aged 14 and under, and includes results about Aboriginal children who lived with a lone parent, with their grandparents or in a stepfamily. The study also provides key statistics about Aboriginal foster children.

Yoga for Calming Anxiety in Children

May 26, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. This workshop will include practice and information on the principles of these highly effective yoga techniques, and the various ways we can present them in fun, safe, play-based ways to the children in our care.

Learn child-oriented and fun ways to share:

  • Yoga positions to reduce tension, stress and anxiety
  • Calming breathing techniques
  • Relaxation, visualization and meditation

Come ready to be the child and practice the techniques yourself!

* BCACCS Call for proposals closes soon!

May 30 deadline. Consider sharing your inspiring, innovative workshops with our delegates. Workshops encourage us to grow in our practice and continue in our efforts to provide innovative tools for young children to develop strong spirits for the future.

Participation & Engagement of Children and Youth

May 31, 7:00 - 8:00 pm. This lecture will explore the current global state of practice regarding young people’s participation in the governance of their communities and cities, with examples from Canada and abroad. While most experimentation to date has tended to involve small numbers of children and youth, Dr. Hart will argue that there is the potential for large numbers of children of all ages to have engaging, authentic, roles in the many institutional settings of their lives as well as in local government.

Changing Childhood and the Creation of Child Friendly Communities

Designed for anyone concerned with the current state of children’s play and free time outside of school, including planners, designers, policymakers, and educators. June 1, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Creekside Community Centre, Vancouver, BC. $60 early bird available until May 8.

When the Worry Monster Attacks: Understanding anxiety and the surprising answer to helping your child through it

June 7 from 6:30 8:30 pm. This workshop will focus on making sense of the world of anxiety for children as they experience it and direct us to land on a surprising answer for overcoming it! The goal will be to provide participants with a developmentally sensitive approach to understanding worry and transforming it into wonder.

CIRCLE Gathering - Implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Recommendations

June 7-10 at the Songhees Wellness Centre (1100 Admirals Road). The Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement is pleased to host a four-day gathering that will provide a venue for intergenerational learning, knowledge transmission, and relationship building among researchers, health professionals, students, youth, Elders, and knowledge holders. This year’s focus will be implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Recommendations, with particular emphasis on the focus areas of education, cultural safety, and land and art-based learning. Registration Form link here.

* FoodSafe Level 1 Course

June 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at St. Andrew’s United Church (1044 St. George’s Avenue and 10th Street) in North Vancouver. There are some spaces still available at a discounted cost of $60 per person. For more information or to register, please contact Susan Cowan at 604-988-8835 or

Using Children’s Literature to Nurture Social & Emotional Development

June 11, 9:30 am - 12:45 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all childcare providers. This workshop will introduce the idea of using children’s literature as a way to nurture children’s social and emotional development. In addition to book sharing, participants will learn how to create meaningful play based experiences that extended from the books they explore with children in their care.

Come Out and Play: Tools and Toys for Creative & Engaging Child Care

June 11, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver. Registration deadline is June 4, 2016.

* Join the Wellness Move-ment!

June 21! The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is a committed wellness partner for each and every First Nations person and community in British Columbia. FNHA has a vision of wellness, doing so in a manner that honours First Nations inherent teachings, values our diversity and respects traditions and culture. FNHA wants the June 21 Day of Wellness events to become an annual wellness movement for First Nations peoples in BC. There are over a 100

​ways to celebrate National Aboriginal day through health and wellness events being held on June 21st.

2016 Reconciliation in Early Learning and Care Communities Summer Institute

July 13-15, 2016 at UBC Vancouver (The Institute for Early Childhood Education & Research). This IDSC summer institute is in response to the recommendations proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in particularly with regards to early childhood development, education and care. The institute will address and engage participants in interpretation (both theoretically and practically) of the notion of Reconciliation as it pertains to the field of early childhood and early intervention. Register by June 1, 2016.

Early Childhood Education and the Autism Spectrum Workshops

This seminar series is designed for early childhood educator and parents. The session will focus on children ages 2 - 7 years with and without autism spectrum. Each session is designed to build core understanding of best practices in support the social inclusion of children with autism, how to enhance peer socialization and play. Sessions will be held October 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre – New Westminster.

Job Postings

Aboriginal Psychiatric Social Worker

Burnaby, BC
Closing on May 31, 2016

* Early Childhood Educator

Nitinaht Lake, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Casual / On-Call
Chilliwack, BC
Open until on-call list is established

Complex Care Unit Knowledge Keeper

Part time

Burnaby, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Supported Child Development Worker

Part time

Burns Lake, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Check our jobs page for more postings



* Language Nest Program Call for Applications

The Language Nest Program is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 program year. First Nations communities and organizations within B.C. are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 to support language immersion programming for children under 5 years old. Deadline for applications: June 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm.

BCACCS Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. Our goal is to recognize and reward two Aboriginal ECE students each year for the highest overall achievement including; academic standing (at an approved educational institution and ECE program within British Columbia), outstanding accomplishments, volunteer work, community involvement, references, history of the applicant, as well as their ongoing commitment to childcare. Applications are excepted from April 5 to July 31, 2016. This scholarship is awarded after you have completed your Basic or Post-Basic ECE certificate or diploma program.

Early Childhood Educator (ECE) bursary program

During the summer of 2014, the Early Childhood Educators of BC received funding from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to establish a bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood educational programs. To respond to identified needs, priority will be given to:

  • Aboriginal students,
  • Students attending early childhood educational programs with an Aboriginal focus,
  • and Students working to achieve an infant/toddler educator designation.

All students registered for ECE courses during the Winter 2016 semester (January to April 2016) at an approved training institution are encouraged to apply. Students will be able to apply for up to $300 per course, to a maximum of $1,500 per semester.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Come Out and Play: Tools and Toys for Creative & Engaging Child Care

June 11, 2016

Creekside Community Recreation Centre, Vancouver, BC

2nd International Indigenous Early Childhood Development Gathering

July 18 – 23, 2016

Songhees Wellness Centre, Victoria, BC

Heart-Mind Conference

October 21 – 22, 2016

Bell Performing Arts Centre, Surrey, BC

BCACCS 19th Annual Provincial Training Conference: Gathering Strength and Nurturing Growth

November 10 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

The 5th Health and Wellbeing in Children, Youth, and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Conference

November 16 – 18, 2016

Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites, Vancouver, BC

20th annual Children the Heart of the Matter conference

February 17 – 18, 2017

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC


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