The system of early years services in B.C. is large and complex, with numerous government ministries, health authorities, school districts, Indigenous governments, municipalities, and hundreds of community organizations sharing the roles and responsibilities of providing supports to families.
B.C. has updated the Early Learning Framework to recognize the new realities of children, families and communities. The new framework was developed in collaboration with early childhood educators, primary teachers, academics, Indigenous organizations, Elders, government and other professionals.
The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework represents the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children across Canada.
This framework should be seen not as prescriptive. Informed by regional First Nations ELCC engagements and the lessons of twenty years of experience with Indigenous ELCC, it instead provides a vision, principles, and strategic actions that will come together to create a comprehensive national First Nations ELCC system, one implemented and coordinated by regions and communities. Strategic actions are offered as a series of well-informed considerations for development and implementation of the system.
For Aboriginal parents, extended families, and communities, caring for children is a sacred responsibility. The Creator has given Aboriginal peoples the right and responsibility to initiate, design, and control programs and
services for our children. We accept these rights and responsibilities to care for and educate our children according to the Laws of the Creator. The elements of quality child care described below rest on these beliefs.