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Our Purpose

Our Vision

All Indigenous children in BC have the right to access holistic culturally based early learning and child care programs, services and supports so they can reach their full potential.

Our Mission

As a Centre of Excellence, BCACCS provides research, resources, training, and services that support communities to increase capacity, quality and access for early learning and child care programs. Through leadership and expertise, we champion the rights of Indigenous children.

Who We Are

The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous early learning and child care. BCACCS was established in 1996 to administer the BC share of the federal government’s First Nations/Inuit Child Care Initiative. Through this initiative, we helped establish over 800 licensed child care spaces in BC. We incorporated as a non-profit society in 1998 and obtained charitable status in 2000.

Through collaboration, partnership, and knowledge sharing, BCACCS supports Indigenous communities to develop high quality, culturally based, spiritually enriching community child care services that are rooted in the child’s culture, language, and history.

We Believe

  • Child care is an essential building block for the social fabric of our communities and strengthens children, families, and communities.
  • Our children have a right to high quality early learning and child care services that are culturally based, affordable, and comprehensive.
  • Our child care services must be community owned and directed, involve parents, Elders, leaders, community members, and reaffirm their perspectives and teachings.
  • Our child care educators require teaching and learning materials that reflect children’s culture, history and traditions, and education and training that prepare them for their responsibilities in our Nations and communities.
  • First Nations have authority over their early learning and child care system as they know best their needs, hopes, and dreams.

Centre of Excellence Model

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Includes engagement/action research and the collation and analysis of empirical evidence. Provides the foundation for creating resources, articulating best practice, and contributing to public policy processes.

Primary Audience:

  • Political Leaders, Policy Makers, Funders
  • Advocacy Organizations & Coalitions
  • Service Providers

Key Activities & Deliverables:

  • Research – generation & analysis (e.g. community voice & policy needs)
  • Report, Articles & Policy Briefs
  • Forums, Gatherings

These resources, generated in response to research, are shared via on-line platforms and a provincial lending library of curriculum materials.


Primary Audience:

  • Aboriginal Early Years (AEY) & Early Years (EV) Professionals & Students

  • Other Service Providers (e.g. health, education, social work)

  • Parents/Caregivers

  • Academics & Faculty

Key Activities & Deliverables:

  • Research – generation & analysis (e.g. resource needs)

  • Resource Materials (reports, briefs, summaries, guidelines, etc.)

  • Database/Information Portal, including Discussion Forums

  • Reference Services

Research and resources serve as the foundation for developing and implementing a range of Education & Training products and experiences.

Primary Audience:

  • AEY & EV Professionals & Students

  • Other Service Providers (e.g. health, education, social work)

  • Parents/Caregivers

Key Activities & Deliverables:

  • Conferences

  • Train the Trainer

  • Workshops, Information Sessions, Webinars

  • Community & Organizational Consultations

Research, resources and training are strengthened when integrated with direct services to Aboriginal children and families, providing quality demonstration and learning sites.


Primary Audience:

  • Children

  • Parents & Caregivers

  • Community members

Key Activities & Deliverables:

  • Early Care and Learning

  • Outreach

  • Parent Education & Training Programs

  • Self-Help/Mutual Aid Programs

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