“First Nations leaders must work with children, families and communities to tackle the unacceptable social and economic circumstances of our people, including the loss of our language. If we provide our children with opportunities for success today, it will reap dividends in our communities in the future.”
- Grand Chief Edward John
The smallest seeds can become the tallest cedars.
To celebrate Child Care Month in May the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) has renewed the From Seed to Cedar Awareness Campaign. Our goals:
- recognize the work of all dedicated Early Childhood Educators (ECEs), and advocate for a living wage
- raise awareness about the crucial role of quality Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) programs in our communities
- create a network of IELCC champions across BC
BCACCS was established in 1996 to administer the $12 million BC share of the federal government's First Nations/Inuit Child Care Initiative. We exists to help First Nations and Indigenous communities develop high quality community child care services that are rooted in their own cultural practices, language and history, and to build an Indigenous child care network in BC.
We have made great progress but there is still much work to do. Stable funding is needed to support existing programs and create new programs in under-served communities across the BC. In order to attract and retain the very best Indigenous ECEs we need to find ways to increase wages, benefits and ensure access to quality training and professional development.
As one of the regional First Nations members of a National First Nations ELCC Working Group, BCACCS is honoured to be involved in supporting the co-development of a distinct National IELCC Framework with the Assembly of First Nations and the government of Canada. This framework provides for the support of distinct cultures and needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children, families, communities and Nations. It will also help support Indigenous self-determination as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) adopted by the government of Canada in 2016 as the Canadian framework for reconciliation.
With the right conditions the smallest seeds can become the tallest cedars. Like seeds, our children hold incredible potential. IELCC programs play a central role in creating the conditions that nurture the potential of our children and unlock the spirit of our communities.
Become a champion today and help us build support in our communities.
Many thanks to the following collaborators who helped us bring this campaign to life:
Sofia Fortin Communications - Project Manager
Zack Embree - Video Production
Michelle Nahanee Designs - Graphic Design and Cultural Consulting
Pam Lewis - Project Advisory Committee
Dr. Margo Greenwood - Scientific Director, NCCAH
To learn more about the Campaign or to get involved contact:
Eagles Nest AHS Preschool:
Dawn Westlands - Eagle's Nest Program Coordinator
Dori Keitlah- Senior ECE Teacher
Caroline Chandler - ECE Teacher
Lise Tougas - ECE Teacher
Cheyenne Seary ECE Teacher
Scott Nelson - Bus Driver & Classroom Assistant
April Kennedy - AIECE
Angela George - AIECE
Dori Keitlah - Senior ECE Teacher
Caroline Chandler - ECE Teacher