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BCACCS E-News for April 22, 2021


Living and Working in COVID-19 Times

The weekly e-news from the Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) will continue to provide information and resources responding to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). BCACCS wishes each and every one of you health and strength. We hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Please keep in mind, we are here to help! BCACCS staff are available to support educators, families, programs and communities who have questions, require resources, or are seeking information. Visit our website to find out who to connect with or email


Today is Earth Day!
The celebration of Earth Day is also an opportunity to take action for the environment. Not sure what you can do? Check out suggestions from Earth Day Canada.

News Release: A federal budget that invests in the needs of Indigenous families and communities
The BC Aboriginal Child Care Society has responded to the federal government's recent budget release.

Research and News

Federal budget to put more than $2B into child care, offer new and extended business supports: source
"The source told CTV News that Monday’s spending allocation for child care will be more than $2 billion, with strings attached, and modelled after Quebec’s system, with an aim to put it in action within the next 12 to 18 months."


BC Heightens Restrictions To Combat COVID-19 Spread
BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has extended the existing “circuit breaker" through to at least May 25 at midnight (the end of the May long weekend), and has introduced new travel restrictions aimed at stopping the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases.

Directors Forum responds to RCY Report

“We welcome the Representative for Children and Youth’s efforts to dispel the stigma around Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and to expose the absence of supports for children and families affected by it. The stories of families who desperately need services and supports and instead experience racism, shaming and blaming are all too familiar. Even as our Nations work toward a more hopeful future, including reclaiming jurisdiction over child and family services and restoring our cultural systems of caring, we cannot lose sight of the children and families who are falling through the many cracks in our current systems.”

B.C. budget: 2021 fiscal plan has strong focus on COVID-19 pandemic recovery
"B.C.’s government released its 2021-2022 budget Tuesday, with the province forecasting a multi-billion dollar deficit for the previous year and announcing a strong financial focus on COVID-19 pandemic recovery."

Roadmap for $10aDAY Child Care in BC

"We support the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework and acknowledge that Indigenous communities have and may evolve their services in directions other than those outlined in this Roadmap, creating models to learn from and strive for."


Earth Day Resource

Read a history of honouring Earth from the Assembly of First Nations.

Early Years Indigenous Cultural Safety Resource Guide

This guide has recently been updated. The purpose of this guide is to help Early Childhood Educators who work with Indigenous children, families, and communities find appropriate and meaningful resources that will increase their ability to provide culturally safe and respectful care.


Métis Family Connections program
The Ministry of Education’s Métis Family Connections program is excited to announce a number of virtual events that will be available over the coming weeks to the families with Métis children birth- 8 that are enrolled in the Métis Family Connections program. Find out when the event is happening.

Kelty Mental Health Parent Advisory Council Recruitment
Join today to have the opportunity to connect with other parents/caregivers who are passionate about child and youth mental health, be involved in the development of and provide valuable feedback on Kelty Centre resources and initiatives, and have your voice heard about how the Kelty Centre could enhance what is currently offered to parents, caregivers, and families across BC. The Advisory Council meets 4 times/year, with other opportunities for involvement throughout the year. Modest compensation is provided. For more information, please contact:

What's Next For Child Care - After the Federal Budget
April 23, 2021 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PDTA | Online. multi-organization discussion on the implications of the 2021 federal budget on early learning and child care in Canada.

Extended Deadline for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM and Excellence in Early Childhood Education
The nomination period for the 2021 competition for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM and Excellence in Early Childhood Education is being extended until April 27, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada's educators are showing unparalleled resilience and commitment to students in the face of COVID-19. If you know an educator who has gone above and beyond, nominate them for a Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, Teaching Excellence in STEM, or Excellence in Early Childhood Education. Submit your nomination electronically or by mail by April 27, 2021.

Making Sense of the World Through Imagination

April 29, 202 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Online. Annabella will share with participants the latest research about the role of imagination in education and will introduce them to the Theory of Imaginative Education.

Beyond Cultural Competency & Good Trouble
May 1, 2021 | Online. Part one. Explore and discuss ways in which multicultural aspects can be infused in play therapy. Second part. Participants will learn to be aware of social issues that are going to come into the play and impact the therapeutic process.

Media R Us:  Media Education for the Early Years
May 3, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Online. Media R Us is a crash course in the most recent research on screen media and young children. It provides a look at the role media plays in development, socialization, identity and imagination of young children and aims to create awareness and opportunities for educators to make choices that will enhance critical media education skills, even in the youngest viewers. Brodie Swanson (Kil Tlaa’sgaa) Yaahl’kw Laanas Clan.

May 04, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time | Online. Healthy and flourishing attachment relationships are important throughout life because they lead to increased resilience. Early attachment patterns influence how children grow to engage with others and form adult relationships. Our first experiences of forming and maintaining relationships happen within the family context, but children and youth also experience attachment relationships with other adults in their lives including educators and caregivers.

Messy Art
May 6, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM | Online. Celebrate creativity by exposing children to a variety of mediums, tools and materials through open-ended art activities. Learn how to provide children with experiences that support inclusion and a diversity of developmental needs. This can all be possible through hands-on art situations. Discover the important role that documentation and display play in our programs for children and families when showcasing art experiences.

Virtual Cooking Class with Brodie Swanson
May 8, 2021 | 6:00 PM PDT | Online. Enjoy a night in with a virtual cooking lesson from Executive Chef Brodie Swanson! A complete shopping list with everything you'll need for dinner and drinks (with gluten free and/or vegetarian options available) will be provided ahead of time. Grab what you need, then tune in live on Saturday, May 8th for the virtual lesson. Treat yourself to a classy solo dinner, date night, or join as a whole family and cook together!

Supporting and Engaging Indigenous Fathers in a Group Setting
May 10 - 31, 2021 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM (Weekly) | Online. Are you interested in providing family support for Indigenous fathers in a culturally grounded group setting? 
The BC Council for Families is pleased to offer this revised virtual training as a series of three two-hour workshops. This interactive workshop is designed to provide a foundation for starting a relevant service that will engage and support Indigenous fathers in group models within community centres, First Nation and Metis agencies and support programs.

4th Canadian National Fatherhood Conference - Side by Side: Celebrating the Diversity of Fatherhood
May 12 - 13, 2021 | Online. Learn Best Practices ● Engage More Dads ● Connect with Colleagues

2021 ECEBC Conference
The 2021 ECEBC Conference takes place on May 15, 2021. It is entitled "Discover our World, Discover the Possibilities.... Standing Strong Together!" Registration is now open.

Still Young & Restless: Inspiring Teachers Out of Burnout
May 19, 2021 | 6:30 PM | Online. Burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by involvement in emotionally demanding situations. Early childhood educators face many stressors, including long hours, physical demands, and unpredictable situations. In today’s go-go-go, work-as-much-as-you-can, work-as-hard-as-you-can world, we are often accessible for work 24 hours a day because of technology. In this workshop, participants will identify the symptoms of teacher burnout, review relational pedagogy and why burnout gets in the way of relationships, and learn how to apply daily self-care practices.

A Creative Experience to Self Compassion
May 20, 2021 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM | Online. Practicing self-compassion and developing strategies for building inner resources enhances resilience, which acts as a buffer against professional burnout and fatigue. This is a workshop for those seeking to reduce anxiety, enhance well-being and respond with self-kindness to the challenges of work, relationships and everyday life. Participants will create a vision wheel that will help them connect with aspects in their life that may feel ‘heavy’ or ‘stuck’ and develop intentions to bring flow, well-being and a deeper personal connection to their needs. They will also practice techniques that can be easily implemented in their daily self-care practice. Suitable for childcare providers, early years professionals and parents.
Equipment required per participant: poster paper, pencil crayons or markers, scissors, glue stick, magazines, handouts.

Play Therapy
May 12 - 13, 2021 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time | Online. Children express themselves, learn about their world, and feel most at ease when playing. This workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth.

Job Opportunities

Early Childhood Assistants and Early Childhood Educators
Campbell River, BC
Open until the positions have been filled

ECE or an ECEA
Chilliwack, BC
Apply as soon as possible

Early Years Family Support Worker
(One Year Maternity Leave Position)
Vancouver, BC
Open until filled


Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative
Did you know that child care providers are eligible for grants to lower fees for their families? The Child Care Fee Reduction Initiative (CCFRI) enhances child care affordability by offering funding to eligible, licensed child care providers to reduce and stabilize parents’ monthly child care fees.  

Language Technology Program
Application deadline May 31, 2021. Reclaiming My Language: A Course For Silent Speakers is an Indigenous-developed program to support Silent Speakers to reclaim their language and begin speaking again. First Nations communities and Indigenous organizations in B.C. are eligible to apply for this program.

For Up-to-Date COVID-19 Information

It has been a difficult time, but we continue to be inspired by the tenacity, creativity and continuing dedication of early childhood educators to support families.

Please continue to reach out to us and let us know how we can help you support your children and families, 

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