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New staff helps communities develop culturally inclusive programs

The B.C. government is working to ensure investments under Childcare BC are maximized for Indigenous children and families.

A new provincial investment, totalling $3.6 million over three years, will be shared between the following partners to hire staff who will plan child care and early years services that will best meet the needs of the Indigenous communities they serve.

Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC):

The provincial government is investing more than $1.5 million with MNBC to hire six Métis regional early years navigators and one provincial early years navigator. These navigators will be located in the chartered Métis communities (Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Thompson/Okanagan, Kootenays, North Central, Northwest and Northeast). They will help Métis families connect with culturally inclusive child care and services; increase community outreach; and provide advocacy for supporting family preservation. MNBC represents more than 17,000 registered Métis citizens in B.C.

B.C. Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS):

The B.C. government is investing more than $1 million with BCACCS to create three new regional community capacity development and early learning and child care planning positions. These three individuals will work with Indigenous organizations and communities to create partnerships that will better support families living on reserve. They will assess and plan for new child care centres or family support programs; work with operators to deliver culturally based high quality early learning programs; work with communities to address human resource needs to deliver programs including developing strategies for recruitment and retention of staff; and help communities access government funding including capital investments to expand programming. BCACCS also helps First Nations to establish Aboriginal Early Childhood Development and Care programs and services.

B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC):

The Province is investing more than $425,000 with BCAAFC to create a new planning and capacity development position that will provide supports and training to strengthen child care and early years services to all of B.C.’s 25 Aboriginal Friendship Centres. This individual will work with child care and early years service providers to incorporate principles of cultural safety into programming; develop outreach strategies to support families that may not be linked to supports and services; and work to deliver integrated services, including child care, with early intervention supports. BCAAFC and BC Friendship Centres provide services to nearly 70% of Indigenous peoples who live off reserve and in urban communities.