Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre


Rosa Ng 
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre 
604-709-5661 EXT 221 


Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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Kitsilano Neighbourhood House 
2305 W 7th Ave
Vancouver, BC V6K 1Y4

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Truth and Reconciliation: What It Means For Non-Indigenous ECE Workers (Kitsilano Neighbourhood House)

Wednesday May 23, 2018       Time 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm       2 hours 

Fee: $35.00      FCC Fee: $20.00 (Promo Code)                                                                                                

Have you heard about the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action or the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?  Do you wonder what they mean to you, in your role as an early childhood educator or administrator? In this interactive workshop participants are encouraged to engage with an open mind and their questions about truth and reconciliation, to join the journey of a Canada moving away from its colonial past. Together we will explore what it means to be a settler, Canada’s historical relationship with Indigenous people, where we are now, and where we can go from here.  We will discuss what it looks like to practice cultural humility, leadership in reconciliation, and build a safe space for Indigenous children and families in your program.


  • Explore Canada’s historical relationship with Indigenous people.
  • Discuss what it looks like to practice cultural humility and leadership in reconciliation.

*Suitable for parents, students, adult instructors/administrators, novice, intermediate and experienced early learning child care professionals working with children of any age from infant/toddlers to school age children, including children with extra support needs.

Presenters: Kirsten Bevelander and Graham Giles.

Kirsten is a Provincial Child Care Advisor for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS). The BCACCS Child Care Advisors are a part of the CCRR program and visit child care providers and Aboriginal centers around the province providing support through training, advocacy and sharing of resources. Kirsten has worked with children and families for over 25 years, specializing in toddler care, children with additional needs, literacy learning and Aboriginal early child development and care. She is also an instructor for the Burnaby ECE Continuing Education Program.

Graham is the Researcher and Policy Analyst at the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. Graham engages Indigenous research methodologies to inform and direct substantive change in mainstream policy regimes—where Indigenous rights and title may be expressed in contexts of early childhood, family and community supports, and in promoting Indigenous authority and capacity in social policy development more generally. With a background in interdisciplinary educational research, Graham has developed new forms of documentation of innovative practice in rural education, as well as of ethical inquiry in education. He teaches ethics and epistemology to educators at UBC and is an Adjunct Professor and Associate of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the UVIC. More important, Graham’s wife is a pedagogista and is, along with his four children, the air he breathes.


 Registration starts: February 25, 2018

Please mark this date on your calendar, as we will not send a reminder.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:

  1. Requests for cancellations must be received at least 3 business days prior to the workshop date to get a refund, minus any Administration Fees.
  2.  All refunds are subject to a $10 Administration Fee.
  3. No monies will be refunded or credits offered once the workshop or course starts.
  4. Westcoast may cancel a workshop or course at any time. Registrants will be notified and receive a full refund.
  5. By submitting this online participants declare they have read, understood and agree with this policy.


Workshop Policies:
  1. It is the participants’ responsibility to check if certificates of participation will be accepted by the ECE Registry. http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/ece/  phone 1-888-338-6622  email eceregistry@gov.bc.ca
  2. It is the participants’ responsibility to read the workshop description and objectives and make sure the training selected is suitable to their learning needs. If you have a question, call us before registering.
  3. Only Vancouver CCRR Registered LNRs or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Providers qualify to pay the FCC Fee and will need a Promo Code received by email to register. Be sure to use this Promo Code when registering, as no fee adjustments can be made after registration is confirmed.
  4. Seats are limited. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.
  5. Payment must be made at time of registration to reserve your seat.
  6. Mark dates on your calendar. We will not send reminders.
  7. Doors close 15 minutes after start time in respect to presenter and participants.
  8. Latecomers who arrive after 15 minutes may not be admitted and will not receive a certificate.
  9. We are unable to accommodate children during workshop time. Please make child care arrangements. 
  10. Participants must stay for the full workshop to receive a certificate of participation, which will be provided at the end.
  11. There is a $15 charge to reprint a certificate or receipt for up to 1 year from the workshop date.
  12. These are non-credit workshops (cannot be applied towards the completion of a certificate, diploma or degree).
  13. Receipts and handouts are always sent by email.
  14. Westcoast encourages a scent free environment.

Note: If the workshop is full, you can phone us to be placed on the wait list.