• June 6, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC) and the Canadian Child Care Federation (CCCF) are partnering with Child Care Resource and Referral Programs of BC (CCRR) to bring you this exciting training opportunity. For this webinar we will be viewing the recordings of keynote speakers Dr. Cindy Blackstock and Tove Mogstad Slinde from the ECEBC & CCCR National conference.

Spirit Bear’s Plan for Reconciliation and Jordan’s Principle
Since confederation, public services for First Nations children and families have fallen significantly short of what other Canadians receive. This injustice needs to end and Spirit Bear’s Plan will do just that.

In the same vein, Jordan’s Principle is a legal precedent meant to ensure First Nations children and youth receive the public services they need when they need them. It was named for Jordan River Anderson, a child from Norway House Cree Nation who was born with complex medical needs. He and his family spent years in limbo while the provincial and federal governments argued about which branch should pay for his at-home care. Eventually, Jordan died in hospital at the age of five, never having spent a day in his family home. How can Canada do better for First Nations children and their families?

Dr. Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and professor in the School of Social Work, McGill University. A member of the Gitksan First Nation, Cindy has 25 years of social work experience in child protection and Indigenous children’s rights.

Learning from Norway
Norway has a universal system of early learning and child care—for all children and families. It is an expectation of Norway’s families that they will have a high-quality space that meets their individual needs. The path to get to this involved creating the government policy and systems that support children and families, and it took time and political will. How did Norway do it? What does it look like today? What have the challenges been? And what lessons can Canada learn?

Tove Mogstad Slinde is a senior adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research in the Department of Kindergartens and Schools. From 2012 to 2018 she has been chair of the Network on Early Childhood Education Care in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).



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