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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.

* Amazing Opportunity to Work at BCACCS

We are looking for a Provincial Aboriginal Child Care Advisor. The Provincial Advisor plays a key role in developing training tools and resources that are culturally specific and relate to the practice, administration and management of community-based Aboriginal ECE/ECD programs and services. Is this for you? Find out more about the position on our website. Position closes July 21, 2017.

Don't Forget to Nominate Champions in your Community or Work

The Child Care Recognition award aims to honour exceptional role models working in the Aboriginal early childhood education field throughout BC. These inspiring individuals are the champions of our communities. Traditional First Nations and/or Métis language, culture, and practice are celebrated through their passion, dedication, and hard work. Show your colleagues how much they inspire you. Download the form now! Deadline June 30, 2017.

Research & News

* Guest Editorial: B.C.s aboriginal minister on creating a future of equality

"As Canada celebrates 150 years, there are celebrations and ceremonies around British Columbia. But with National Aboriginal Day held June 21, it is also right that we take a moment to recognize that, for many aboriginal people, Canada 150 is a complex and sensitive anniversary."

* BC Liberals announce daycare policy to create 60,000 new child-care spaces

"On the eve of a Throne Speech expected to set the stage for their defeat in a confidence vote, the BC Liberal government has announced a $1-billion shift in their daycare policy, proposing the creation of 60,000 additional spaces over four years."

* Daycare to be built in Terrace, B.C.

"BY spring 2018, downtown Terrace will have its first aboriginal-centred daycare, and if all goes according to plan, the new facility will cost less than other care providers in town."

* 10 Years And 4 Rulings Later, First Nations Children Are Still Waiting For Equity

"Universal principles for policy-making include giving priority to the best interests of the child, and fair, non-discriminatory treatment."

* Whispered Gently Through Time - First Nations quality child care: A national study

"Beginning in 1994, various national and First Nations initiatives in Canada have increased the availability of child care for Aboriginal children. However, the speed of these initiatives has not allowed time for First Nations communities to define their wishes for the care of their children. This report documents the opinions of First Nations communities on quality child care and presents recommendations for program development."

* Canada is seen as a global human rights beacon—but not so much, at home

"As Canada works to protect human rights in the world, we have to acknowledge the failures at home, even as we fete Canada 150"

* Implementing Multi-Sectoral Healthy Child Development Initiatives

This report includes a profile of the provincial Success by 6 initiative and is in response to the 2012 Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health action plan to reduce health inequalities, and to contribute to the Healthy Child Development (HCD) initiative of the

Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH), a review was conducted of community-based multi-sectoral initiatives for HCD, including those targeting Indigenous children, in Canada and internationally.

* Analysis by C.D. Howe Institute: Tax Options for Childcare that Encourage Work, Flexibility, Choice, Fairness and Quality

"Overall, this childcare solution would generate the social benefits of increased labour-force participation, allow for flexible and decentralized childcare choice, and be designed to meet quality standards to foster child development. It would achieve these goals at a potentially small net fiscal cost because of the extra tax revenue resulting from the increased employment."



* Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice from Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators

The Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice sets out the professional knowledge, skills, values and expectations applicable to all RECEs regardless of role and the setting in which they may practise. As regulated professionals, RECEs are expected to act with integrity at all

times within their workplace and the community.


Events & Announcements

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.

Engaging Canadians on Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care

The Government of Canada is looking for thoughts and ideas to help develop an Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework that will reflect the unique cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada. This Framework will be co-developed with Indigenous peoples. This consultation will be open from May 31 to July 21 2017.

* BC with our BC Communities Capacity Building Program

Each year Friend 2 Friend Social Learning provides 5 Communities in BC with the BC Communities Capacity Building Program. This year they will offer the new Autism Demystification® Online Course free to 5 schools, school districts or other not for profit organizations in BC. For information on whether your organization would qualify for this online course please contact

Friendship Family Place

Family Place provides a healthy supportive environment to the whole family. Parents who attend are supported and are provided a safe inclusive environment. Families engage in activities together, learn new and exciting skills together. Family Place provides drop in program services to parents with children aged 5 and under twice a week.

* Help the Victoria Foundation to create the annual Vital Signs report

It’s time for Greater Victoria’s annual checkup! If you live or work in the Capital Region (including the Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island, and Juan de Fuca up to Port Renfrew), take the 2017 Victoria’s Vital Signs® survey and tell us what you love about living, working

and playing in Victoria.

Family Wellness Program

The focus of this program is on three main themes: Healthy Living, Parenting Skills, and Traditional Knowledge and integrates each theme into activities. The Healthy Living component focuses on topics such as nutrition, exercise, and cooking. The Parenting Skills component of the program is modeled on the “Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program,” initiated by the BC Council for Families. It provides a safe place for parents to meet others who have children of the same age and with whom they share interests and concerns. AMCS promotes the benefits of positive child attachment and provide participants with a general understanding of the child development stages.

* 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.

The Importance of Aesthetics in Early Child Care Settings

July 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. During this workshop, participants will explore why aesthetics matter, based on a Reggio Emilia inspired approach. We will also learn how we can easily implement aesthetics in early child care settings and through reflective practice we'll discover how this is a natural part of our lives and how it relates to learning. In taking this workshop the hope is participants will become inspired to create and maintain aesthetics in their programs.

Questioning Our Biases: Growing In Self Awareness

July 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, TRI (Coquitlam). If we become aware of our hidden, even unrecognized biases, we can monitor and attempt to amend these hidden attitudes before they are expressed through behaviour. Research suggests that a change in self-awareness can modify personal beliefs and attitudes and over time, reduce the strength of unconscious biases and lead one to critically think about bias and discrimination and take action to eliminate it.

Safe Spaces: Bullying Prevention for Preschool-Aged Children

July 15 & 29, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Safe Spaces is an evidence based, developmentally appropriate, holistic and integrated approach to teaching young children 3-5 years of age pro-social and emotional vocabulary as well as skills identified as essential in preventing bullying

behaviours. It teaches young children the skills they need to resist and prevent bullying while nurturing their self-esteem and caring about others, establishing a bully free environment.

Responsive Curriculum

August 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, BNW (Burnaby). This workshop will explore why and how Responsive curriculum is supportive to healthy child development. We will explore our own deeper learning and how children will be the main focus of your planning. 

* Mistaken Goals of Misbehaviour

August 10, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Children misbehave, but as educators and parents the question is why. Rudolph Driekurs proposed that children make the mistake of assuming bad behaviour can help them gain social status.

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.

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.

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.

Job Postings

Regional Trainer, Appetite to Play

Multiple Regions, BC
Closes July 5, 2017

* Provincial Aboriginal Child Care Advisor

Based in West Vancouver, BC (some travel)
Position closes July 21, 2017

Check our jobs page for more postings



Indigenous Early Years Early Years Bursary deadline approaching

The NRT Foundation is offering to offer bursaries to Indigenous students who currently reside in British Columbia and are enrolled in Early Years related programs. The IEY Bursary Application (Certificate, Diploma, and Associate's Degree) is now available! Deadline is noon on June 29, 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

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

S’TENISTOLW̱ 2017 Indigenous Adult Education Conference

August 23 – 25, 2017

Camosun College’s Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, BC

Early Years Conference

January 26 – 27, 2018

Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, 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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