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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.

* Has BCACCS supported children in your community?

When Carey McRae (Clint), Manager, Nutsumaat Lelum Child Care Center found out that #BCACCScelebrates20 this year she was kind enough to share how BCACCS has supported her community and centre throughout the years. Read what she shared with us.

Research & News

* 2016 Report Card Provides Roadmap to Eradicate Child and Family Poverty in Canada

"Canada has a chronic child poverty problem that the federal government can solve but it must get to the roots of the issues plaguing families, says Anita Khanna, National Coordinator for Campaign 2000. Recommendations in the national report card address housing, precarious employment, gaps in the social safety net, income inequality, and early childhood education and care."

* Money, Love and Identity: Initial Findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study

The ECEC Workforce Study is a three-year national study funded by the Australian Research Council (2014 - 2017) to identify effective strategies to grow and sustain a professional early years workforce.

* New charity wants Canada to put children first

Charity urges Ottawa to appoint a national children's commissioner to improve the wellbeing of kids.

* More daycare spaces slated for south Okanagan

“The new child care centre will benefit the community, but is also a major benefit to our students and staff,” said College President Jim Hamilton. “The survey that was part of the business case for the daycare clearly identified the need for this.”



* Supporting language & literacy for Aboriginal & First Nations children

BCACCS Resource Centre has lots of tools to support literacy and language development. Borrow a Curriculum Box containing alphabet puzzles, the Northern Learning to Read Book Series, the Spirit of Learning CD, and other activity and learning tools.


Events & Announcements

* The Office of the Ombudsperson: B.C.’s Independent Voice for Fairness

The Office of the Ombudsperson impartially investigates individual complaints about unfair administrative actions of more than 2800 B.C. public authorities. If you think you have been unfairly treated by a provincial government ministry, public agency, or local government body – the Office of the Ombudsperson can help. Have a complaint? Call: 1.800.567.3247. The Office of the Ombudsperson provides confidential telephone interpretation services in more than 150 languages. Free multilingual brochures and other printed information may be ordered online. All services are free of charge. You do not need to be a B.C. resident.
For information direct from the Office of the Ombudsperson, please subscribe.

Success By 6 Public Awareness Video!

Check out the informative Success By 6 Public Awareness Video.

FNHA Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Webinar Action Series! Save the Date for Webinar #3: The Importance of Story to Cultural Safety

December 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Join Brad Anderson and Vanessa Mitchell from Interior Health as they explore the importance of understanding a people's story in the realm of cultural safety.

Positively Nurturing and Guiding Young Children

December 7, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. This workshop reflects a ‘back to basics’ approach to positively guide and nurture young children as they strive to make sense of their world and further develop their autonomy and self-regulation skills.

Early Learning & Care – online Professional Development

These two courses are recognized by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. Individuals who would like to qualify for a license to practice as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant (ECEA) may select one of these courses.

  • ELC 110 – Developmental Perspectives 1
    January - This course examines developmental theories that explain human growth from conception to early childhood.

Download an application form to apply by mail or in-person.
For more information call 250-370-3161 or email

Children’s Health and Nutrition

January 7, 12:30 - 4:30 pm. Westshore CCRR (Early Years Room). Creating opportunities to help children develop an awareness and interest in health, nutrition and the importance of regular daily physical activity will be offered. An overview of the connection between good nutrition and children’s growth and development will be discussed. A fun look at planning meals and snacks that meet children’s nutritional, cultural, and personal, preferences and needs will also be included.

Art as Inquiry

January 14, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm in BNW (Burnaby). Suitable for child care providers of children 3 years of age and up. Explore the concept of project based art using some of the 'hundred languages of children' in this hands-on, materials rich workshop inspired by the

schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Participants will play with paint, clay, collage and sculpture, culminating in the creation of a reflective pedagogical narration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

* Team Leader, Early Childhood Educator (Maternity Leave Cover)

Temporary Full-Time
Vancouver, BC
Position will remain open until filled

* Infant/Toddler Early Childhood Educator

Chilliwack, BC
Position will remain open until filled

* Substitute Early Childhood Educator

Coquitlam, BC
Position will remain open until filled

Aboriginal Support Worker

Langley, BC
Closing: December 9, 2016

Check our jobs page for more postings



The Aboriginal Languages Initiative (ALI) is now open for applications for the 2017-2018 year!

ALI supports community-based projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages in BC. Eligible strategies include participatory (language immersion) programming and resource development (archiving or documentation). Deadline for applications is December 13, 4:30 pm.

For more funding resources, see our website

Upcoming Conferences

Strengthening Healthy Development: Education and Public Health in Partnership

December 11 – 12, 2016

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC

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

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

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


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