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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.

* Celebrate National Volunteer Week

It's National Volunteer Week #NVW2017. BCACCS thanks all of the amazing volunteers who work so hard to support our library and training events. You #MakeADifference.

Research & News

* B.C. Election 2017: Where the three parties stand on child care

"Child care will be top-of-mind when people vote in the election, said Sharon Gregson of the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C."

* First Nations urged to vote

"The First Nations Leadership Council calls the May 9th vote “a critical turning point in which First Nation voters have the potential to significantly shift not only the focus of the election but the outcome as well"

* Indigenous leaders at UN headquarters to discuss landmark rights declaration

"First Nations leaders say the federal government still doesn't have a clear path towards making a landmark UN Indigenous rights declaration reality, a year after Canada agreed to implement it."

* “Let’s bring it back to the children,” Canadian Human Rights Commission’s Annual Report to Parliament

"In its newly released 2016 Annual Report to Parliament, Canada’s human rights watchdog is shining a light on how too many children in Canada are being left behind when it comes to their basic rights of dignity, safety, education and family."

* Growing Numbers of Grandparents: How their Role is Evolving

"According to Statistics Canada the number of grandparents in Canada is growing faster than the general population with a 1.4 million increase between 2001 and 2011. Today’s grandparents are relied upon to provide child care and financial support, and are more likely to live with the grandchildren than they used to."

* New twists on an old language: Efforts flourish to keep Cree alive

"Randy Morin calls himself 'a culture and language activist.' He keeps Cree alive not only to honour the grandmother who raised him, but for his children."



* Now Available - 2017 Children and Family Directory

Your North Shore resource for families with children ages 0-12, the 2017 Children and Family Directory, in now available online.


Events & Announcements

* NEW Indigenous Early Years Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Announced!

The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program will ensure that more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate) applications and guidelines available now! Deadline is noon, June 8, 2017! The IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree) will be available on May 16, 2017.

Reminder: Child Care Major Capital Funding is Now Open

Funding is available to help offset the costs associated with the creation of new licensed child care spaces. The fourth intake has six funding streams: on school grounds, co-located or in a hub, child development centre (NEW), Indigenous (NEW), employer-based (NEW), and Regular. Stage one applications must be received by 4:30 pm PST on Monday May 15, 2017.

Call for Abstracts for Early Years 2018 Conference!

The Early Years Conference 2018 reflects powerful partnerships that have formed across many communities: University of British Columbia, Infant Development Program, Aboriginal Infant Development Program, Sunny Hill Health Centre, BC Children’s Hospital, Family Support Institute and many more. These partnerships allow us to address diverse topics of evidence based practice and research.

Singing English Level 1: Song Games for Reading & Writing Success

April 29, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Singing English is a research based oral literacy program for children of all abilities ages 2-8. Singing English supports recent research emphasizing the importance of orality as a prerequisite to literacy success.

May is Child Care Appreciation Month

Every year the CCRR in partnership with various community service providers celebrates

the important work of child care providers with Child Care Appreciation events. Find out

what’s happening in your community.  

Let’s Talk—Teacher Training for Fully Certified ECEs

May 3 - 4, 2017. Early Childhood Educator training for implementing “Let's Talk”, a sexual abuse prevention program for young children is being offered May 3-4, 2017. Please note that participants must register for and attend the full two days of training. If you are a currently certified Early Childhood Educator, or kindergarten teacher, and work with children ages four to six, please join us for this informative and important training.

Got Dirt?

May 4, 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Explore the science behind why kids and dirt go so well together. Leave with a clear understanding of why gardening with kids is critical to nurturing healthy bodies and minds and some ideas to help you get started.

* Open Now - BCCF Distinguished Service to Families Award

The collaborative initiative, organization, program or individual professional(s) must have made a demonstrable, measurable impact on the well being of families and/or the feld of human services. Examples of this include, but are not limited to:
• A signifcant increase in prevention and support services;
• Development of an innovative program or service approach;
• Successfully advocating for a change in policy;
• Creation of a new and helpful network;
• Any tangible initiative that significantly improves the well-being of British Columbia's families.
Nominations are due by 4:00 pm, Friday, May 5, 2017.
Please send your nomination packet to:

Free Parenting Training Evening

May 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centre (New Westminster). Free Parent

Training sessions are offered to families (parents, grandparents, primary caregivers) of

children with autism and related needs ages 3 through 18 in September and May yearly.

Heather McCracken, the program creator and Executive Director of Friend 2 Friend Social

Learning Society, will speak on raising three children (one with autism) and share information on the principles and practices of the Friend 2 Friend – Integrated Play Groups® program offered at the Friend 2 Friend Play Centres in East Vancouver and New Westminster. This session will also provide parents with helpful tips and tools for supporting their children in peer social play.

* North Shore “Ages and Stages”Initiative

May 17, 6 – 9 pm at Capilano Mall (935 Marine Drive - Community Room #203) in North Vancouver. This is a three hour introduction to the Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3). ASQ-3 is a developmental assessment and screening tool that pinpoints developmental progress in children between the ages of one month to 5 ½ years. Age specific questionnaires are completed by parents, either on their own or with a trained early childhood or health care professional.

Physical Literacy for Young Canadians

May 17, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. Learn about why physical literacy is being added to preschools, schools, sport organizations and health care organizations across Canada. This workshop will explore the goal of physical literacy for young Canadians and give educators practical tools to bring this goal into their programs.

Coyote Mentoring & Forest Fun

May 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Jay Roberts, founder of Tofino Nature Kids and Bonnie Davison, founder of the Victoria Nature School team up to offer a day of inspiring sessions.

2017 Early Childhood Education Summer Institute

Register by May 26, 2017. Supporting Aboriginal Families of Young Children with Disabilities. The 2017 IECER Summer Institute will bring together ECED students, ECE and IDSC professionals, and others interested in early childhood and infant development, to explore the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Recommendations as Canada begins to celebrate 150 Years. Takes place July 8 - 15, 2017.

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

* Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician Inventory Intake

Multiple Locations, BC
Position closes May 18, 2017

* Child Care Worker

Tofino, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Early Childhood Educator
Vancouver, BC
Apply soon

Check our jobs page for more postings



* FNHA 2017 Day of Wellness Event Grant Application

This year FNHA is requesting all successful applicants host their wellness activities on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st 2017 to promote BC First Nations as a whole by celebrating Wellness in a unified effort on this day. Again this year, the FNHA encourages communities to invite local health care professionals to your Day of Wellness event if you see fit. This will be a positive opportunity to shine light on the strength of your community and spend time with health care professionals in an environment of wellness, rather than in a hospital or other health care environment. It is also an opportunity to have conversations around cultural safety and humility with health providers. Application deadline: May 5, 2017

Child Care Major Capital Funding Program

Funding approval will be based on funding requirements, selection criteria and availability of funds in the Child Care Major Capital Funding Program. Stage one applications must be submitted to the ministry no later than 4:30 pm on May 15, 2017.

* NEW Indigenous Early Years Early Years Scholarship and Bursary Announced!

The Indigenous Early Years (IEY) Scholarship and Bursary Program will ensure that more than 200 additional Indigenous students living in BC will be able to access post-secondary funding. IEY Scholarship Application (Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctorate) applications and guidelines available now! Deadline is noon, June 8, 2017! The IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree) will be available on May 16, 2017.

Mary Thomas Memorial Scholarship

Deadline is July 31, 2017. The late Elder Mary Thomas was a pioneer in early childhood development and championed the importance of the early years in improving the lives of young children. In her honour, each year, BCACCS offers one $1000 scholarship for eligible Basic ECE students and one $1500 scholarship for eligible Post-Basic ECE students. Find out if you are eligible to apply.

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.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Child and Youth Care in Action Conference: Embracing Challenge

April 26 – 28, 2017

University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

First UBC Biennial Early Childhood Graduate Student Conference

April 28 – 29, 2017

UBC, Vancouver, BC

East Kootenay Early Years Conference

April 28 – 29, 2017

St. Eugene’s, Cranbrook, BC

* The Stronger Nations Métis Education Conference

May 4 – 5, 2017

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

World Forum on Early Care and Education

May 9 – 12, 2017

Auckland, New Zealand

* 2017 Learning Institute: Reconciling Indigenous Research Relationships

June 27 – 30, 2017

First Peoples’ House, Ceremonial Hall (UVic), Victoria, 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

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

TBA, 2018

Vancouver, BC


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