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Aboriginal Engagement Initiative

Success by 6, South Vancouver Island has identified Aboriginal Engagement as one of its top priorities as we recognize the importance of establishing relationships and cross cultural understanding to support young children in our community. The Council of Partners has identified three strategies to support this engagement which include: support to the Aboriginal Early Childhood Development Network, Aboriginal Community Projects, and Leadership Dialogue.

Aboriginal Supported Child Development

Aboriginal Supported Child Development (ASCD) is a provincial program, funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) that is designed to specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal children with special needs. ASCD recognizes that inclusion and providing early intervention and support in child care settings during the early stages of development is important. ASCD enables children who require extra support to be included in a childcare, preschool or after-school setting when their parents or caregivers are working or going to school.

Aboriginal Infant Development

Aboriginal Infant Development Programs in British Columbia offer support to families of infants who are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. Programs are voluntary, family centered, and primarily focused on children ages 0-3 (in some communities 0 – 6). Aboriginal Infant Development consultants support families by providing home visits, activity planning, and developmental and family needs assessments in culturally sensitive and meaningful ways. Consultants also assist families in accessing other health, social, and community services.

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

BCACCS is a non-profit society that:

• Helps Aboriginal communities develop high quality, integrated, community child care services that are based in the children’s culture, language and history. These services will promote healthy growth and development among our children.
• Builds an Aboriginal child care network by undertaking research, development, advocacy and supporting communities to develop their own resources.
For more information follow the link below:

http://www.acc-society.bc.ca/index.php

British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres

The Friendship Centre movement is built on community support, trust, strong leadership, tradition and faith and is mandated to improve the quality of life for Aboriginal Peoples throughout Canada. Located at 551 Chatham St, in Victoria BC, the BCAAFC is the umbrella association for 25 Friendship Centres throughout the Province of British Columbia. For more information visit the links below.

BCAAGC

http://www.bcaafc.com/

Victoria Native Friendship Centre

http://www.vnfc.ca/

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