banner picbanner picbanner pic


We spread the word about the latest news, policies, training, funding, jobs and events related to Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Care. BCACCS E-News is sent out through e-mail every Tuesday. To subscribe click here.

Let us help you!

Send us your job postings or special event announcements:




January 17, 2017


send us announcements


contact us
Suite 102, 100 Park Royal
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 1A2


stay in touch


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.

* Spot light on Aboriginal Head Start in Northern and Urban Communities (AHSUNC) in British Columbia

Both of the Aboriginal Head Start programs, Eagle's Nest and Singing Frog, that BCACCS hosts are featured in this newsletter. Learn more about "Pedagogical Narration and Program Collaboration on Parenting" from Eagle's Nest and "Building Strong Relationships with Children and Families" from Singing Frog.

Research & News

* New book aims to teach children about painful history of residential schools

"A new children's book aims to respond to one of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's calls to action — to begin education about the legacy of residential schools with children as early as kindergarten."

* Cultural practices around birth

The video shares information from the Tsimshian, Tahltan, Haisla, Gitxsan and Nisǥa’a people on their cultural practices and how these impact their health care needs. This video was developed by the Terrace/Kitimat and area Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee with financial support from Aboriginal Health, Northern Health.

* Parents' physical activity associated with preschooler activity in underserved populations

"Preschool-age children from low-income families are more likely to be physically active if parents increase activity and reduce sedentary behavior while wearing movement monitors (accelerometers), according to a Vanderbilt study published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine."



* Supporting Seamless Transitions for BC’s Youngest Learners

The Early Years in BC School Districts: A Scan of Promising Practices guide, developed collaboratively by the Ministry of Education and the Provincial Office for the Early Years, highlights some of the practices in schools and communities across B.C. that support our youngest learners as they transition from early years programs and services in to Kindergarten.


Events & Announcements

Call for proposals - First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference

This year the conference theme is Coming together: Celebrating Diversity Around Young Children. Presentations may include a research project, program or case study, or educators’ life experiences; children’s stories, art, and other media that may further contribute to bridging diverse knowledge, and inspire discussions around our conference theme.

Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association debuts new social campaign

#MoccasinsontheMove new campaign to celebrate Aboriginal accomplishments and successes in life!

BC Back-to-School Tax Credit

BC is introducing a new tax credit for the 2016 tax year, $250 per child for each child who is age 5 to 17 at the end of the taxation year.

* Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) as a Mobilizer in Education Change

January 18, 1:00 pm EST. This presentation is about a successful process that led to I can do it creating classrooms for children and youth with FASD in rural Northern Ontario. This webinar will address: what led the Keewatin-Patricia District School Board to identify the need, what steps the school board took to create this program, what resources helped to build and develop the curriculum, how the children and youth with FASD are now assisted in schools in this school district, who were the key members of the team that made this a success.

Guerrilla early learning workshop

January 18, 6:30 - 8:00 pm. Fort St. John CCRR. Guerrilla workshop is a peer to peer skill sharing event, training methodology that allows providers to learn new skills, and share ideas with others. Come join Moya from CCRR as she has prepared some discussion topics and challenges for your creative brains. Come ready to share tips and network with one another.

Spaces open at the Qayqayt Elementary School Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

Parents and grandparents with their children or grandchildren, 0 - 5 years of age are invited to attend The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program at Qayqayt Elementary School in New Westminster. Thursday evenings from 6:15 - 7:30 pm, beginning on January 19, 2017. For more information call New Westminster Family Place at 604.520.3666.

Physical Literacy

January 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all early learning and child care professionals. This hands-on workshop will offer an opportunity to look at fundamental movement skills, how to collaborate and enhance creativity with the children. We will also look at why movement is so important for healthy child development.

Exploring Activities and Toys

January 21, 9:30 - 11:30 am OR 12:00 - 2:00 pm at TRI (Coquitlam). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. The world is full of new discoveries and wonder for young children. In this workshop participants examine activities and toys that can help preschoolers understand their world. Each participant will receive a learning resource (activity or game) for preschoolers that will be completed in the "make and take" part of the workshop.

Sing and Sign With Me

January 23, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Come and have fun singing and signing a variety of children's songs. Everything from traditional, transition, ABC’s, colours, and more. Singing and signing is an inclusive activity to do in any child care center. As well It will help facilitate language development plus, it’s fun.

MOOC – Reconciliation through Indigenous Education

Reconciliation through Indigenous Education 6-week course. January 24 – March 7, 2017. 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.

Exploring Your Image of the Child

January 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. This workshop will explore your image of the child, programming around the goals and interests inspired by your image. We will also look at how you can utilize routines and transitions to help support your image and implement documentation to enhance the sense of belonging in the classroom.

* From BIG FEELINGS to CALM: How Do Children Develop Emotional Regulation?

January 30, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Children are born with the capacity to feel all range of emotions, yet they are not born with the capacity to manage all of these big feelings. This workshop will explore how emotional regulation develops in children and our role as caregivers in this development. What do we need to understand and who do we need to be to a child, to grow settled and resilient brains that can manage much of what life brings.

Indigenous MINDS: Freeing ourselves to passionately engage across disciplines

January 31, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. First Peoples’ House, Ceremonial Hall (UVic). Dr. Whitinui is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education in the Faculty of Education. His scholarly work pertains to the sociology of sport and leisure, Indigenous education, and exploring the key determinants underpinning Indigenous health and development. His doctoral thesis completed in 2007, explored the educational benefits associated with Indigenous Māori high school students participating in Māori Performing Arts (i.e., kapa haka) in Aotearoa New Zealand, which was published as a book in 2008.

Ready for Kindergarten? What Children Need to Succeed

February 2, 7:00 - 9:00 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for all child care providers of children 3-5 years of age. It is a great idea to think about the readiness skills young learners will need to succeed in school. Teaching academics before Kindergarten is not always advisable and is not always helpful for students who need foundation skills that allow them to do well in the school setting. We will review some of the developmental prerequisites for school success and how you can build these into your child’s day. We will also review the development of pencil grasp and cutting skills and how to facilitate these areas. Red flags might alert you that there are some issues in development that need to be supported. We will discuss these red flags as well as what strategies might be helpful.

* Invitation to Submit to the February/March 2017 North Shore CCRR Newsletter

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. Also, any updates or news on Committees or projects that might be of interest to child care providers, families and community partners. The newsletter has a circulation of over 1000 that includes all registered and licensed child care centres, parents, students, community partners, and agencies. Submit articles in WORD format directly to Lindsay Kwan at The deadline for the next edition is February 3, 2017.

Welcoming Environments for Children Who Experienced Trauma

February 4, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Many children experience trauma in their lives. How we support them has a profound effect on their potential for optimal development. In this workshop, we will explore common triggers, discuss how to create a culture of welcome and identify ways to implement the creative process effectively. We will discuss early brain development and how trauma impacts the brain, and explore case studies with discussion in small groups.

Who am I in the life of a child

February 4, 11, 18 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the VCCRR office (2001A Douglas Street), Victoria. In this nine hour course, participants experience ways to take good care of themselves, meet the challenges of mixed age groupings of children, and explore strategies and boundaries around communications with parents.

Demystifying the Classroom

February 17 or 24, 2017. Are you an education assistant, classroom or resource educator? Are you currently supporting a child with autism that is struggling in the classroom setting? Would you like to have a better understanding of autism, as well as current best practices in supporting children with autism at school?

First Call 2017 fundraising gala

First Call 2017 fundraising gala honours RCY Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond February 23, 6:00 - 10:00 pm. (Fraserview Hall 8240 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC). For 10 years she’s championed the rights of our children and youth. Save the date for an evening with guest of honour Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s representative for children and youth.

Kids Have Stress Too!®

February 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. This is an interactive training workshop from The Psychology Foundation of Canada for professionals who work with families and children in early learning and care environments.

It’s All About Me

February 25, 2017. Cascade Church (35190 Delair Rd.), Abbotsford. Registration is open! Come to a conference for people who care about children.

* How Children Become their Own Persons

March 11, 9:30 am ‐12:45 pm. Metrotown Community Resource Centre (3rd floor, 4460 Beresford St.) Burnaby, BC. Play ‐ At least the kind that builds brains and forward development ‐ is becoming an endangered activity among those who need to engage in it most.

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Understanding and Helping Behaviorly Challenging Kids

Join Dr. Ross Greene, author of "The Explosive Child" and "Lost at School" at the Coast Capri Hotel (1171 Harvey Avenue) in Kelowna from 9:30 am4:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch and USB with handouts. Online registration/enquiries or

Job Postings

* Early Years Programs Manager

New Westminster, BC
Closing January 27, 2017

* Provincial Aboriginal Child Care Advisor

West Vancouver, BC
Closing February 10, 2017

Check our jobs page for more postings



Funding: Canada Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Deadline January 20, 2017.

NEW DEADLINE: Prime Minister's Award

Do you know an amazing early childhood educator? National awards are worth $5,000 and recipients are honoured by the Prime Minister.
You have until January 20, 2017 to submit a nomination. For more information visit call 613-991-4255.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Making Tomorrow

January 21, 2017

Camosun/Landsdowne Campus, Victoria, BC

20th Annual Children the Heart of the Matter conference

February 17 – 18, 2017

Sheraton Guildford Hotel, Surrey, BC

It’s All About Me

February 25, 2017

Cascade Church (35190 Delair Rd.), Abbotsford, BC

Side-by-Side: Strategies for Working with Vulnerable Fathers

March 1 – 2, 2017

Canada Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB

Child and Youth Care in Action Conference: Embracing Challenge

April 26 – 28, 2017

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

East Kootenay Early Years Conference

April 28 – 29, 2017

St. Eugene’s, Cranbrook, BC

Pathways to Professionalism: Believe, Be Hopeful, Be Bold

May 4 – 6, 2017

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport (8181 Cambie Road), Richmond, BC

World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education (WIPCE)

July 24 – 29, 2017

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON

Early Years Conference

January 26 – 27, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, BC


* refers to new items

About BCACCS E-News

E-News is sent weekly on Tuesdays with the exception of holidays.

To subscribe click here