Indigenous

Message from EYPDC

What's in a Name? Indigenous? Aboriginal?

This brief module is an editiorial comment about the way we determine specific words that have a powerful impact. It is not meant to be a module for certification credit, but is for increased understanding, learning and enlightenment.

This article has been written by the editorial team at the Early Years Professional Development Centre to address thoughts and feelings about the terminology used in the content in this category - Aboriginal or Indigenous. We understand the power of words and respect the impact our chosen words can have. We review the history and context of commonly and previously used terms.

LB-A15-01

A Sense of Belonging: Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Author: Best Start Resource Centre

4 ECE Hours

Learning Bundle: $24

Modules: NEX-15-01 to NEX-15-04

Learning Continuum: Foundation

If you enroll in this option, you will receive access to all 4 modules of the Sense of Belonging document​

  1. Understanding Aboriginals’ Realities

  2. Aboriginal Child Wellness

  3. Understanding and Respecting Aboriginal Parenting

  4. Approaches and Practice that Supports Aboriginal Parenting

These modules can also be enrolled in separately below.

NEX-14-01

Understanding Aboriginals’ Realities

Author: Best Start Resource Centre

1 ECE Hour

Module 1 of 4 from the Sense of Belonging document.

Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learning Continuum: Foundation

All people benefit from a sense of belonging, to their families, culture and communities. It is especially important in the case of parents caring for young children. Parents need to feel supported by family, friends, the community and by service providers. Aboriginal people, through a long history of assimilation and discrimination, may not have this sense of belonging. This may impact their health and sense of worth, and may result in feelings of despair and hopelessness. There are many things that service providers can do to foster a sense of belonging in Aboriginal families with young children, connecting parents to the information and supports that they need in a respectful and caring manner, and acknowledging their strengths.This module contains a wealth of information, including current research, strategies and recommendations. The sections are structured around the four directions of the Medicine Wheel; this module explores the eastern direction of understanding.

NEX-15-02

Aboriginal Child Wellness

Author: Best Start Resource Centre

1 ECE Hour

Module 2 of 4 from the Sense of Belonging document.

Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learning Continuum: Foundation

Service providers must ask questions and seek current information about factors that influence Aboriginal children in today's society. This module offers an overview of Aboriginal child wellness and looks at current risk factors affecting Inuit, Métis and First Nation children. Effective supports are described.

NEX-15-03

Understanding and Respecting Aboriginal Parenting

Author: Best Start Resource Centre

1 ECE Hour

Module 3 of 4 from the Sense of Belonging document.

Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learning Continuum: Foundation

All people benefit from a sense of belonging, to their families, culture and communities. It is especially important in the case of parents caring for young children. Parents need to feel supported by family, friends, the community and by service providers. This module discusses the many things that service providers can do to foster a sense of belonging in Aboriginal families with young children, connecting parents to the information and supports that they need in a respectful and caring manner, and acknowledging their strengths. 

NEX-15-04

Approaches and Practice that Supports Aboriginal Parenting

Author: Best Start Resource Centre

1 ECE Hour

Module 4 of 4 from the Sense of Belonging document.

Supporting Healthy Child Development in Aboriginal Families

Learning Continuum: Foundation

This module provides information on strategies and approaches that are helpful in supporting Aboriginal families with children 0-6. The information was gathered from First Nation, Inuit and Métis front line workers who support families with children 0-6. For each topic area you will find helpful approaches, wisdom of the Elders and things to consider when providing support to these families.

ABOR-14-01

Aboriginal Cultures Beginning the Journey of Understanding

Authors: Lois Coward, Mary Jane Swain and Shirley Tagalik

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Foundation

This module is an introduction to perspectives on aboriginal cultures in early childhood settings. It includes an encounter with life in a Métis community, a description of culture in an Inuit village and guidelines for integrating aspects of aboriginal culture into your program and curriculum. This module was adapted from material produced by several authors.

ABOR-14-02

A Generative Curriculum Model For Aboriginal Communities

Authors: Alan Pence, PHD and Jessica Ball, PHD

1 ECE Hour

Learning Continuum: Leadership

This module describes a unique model of ten partnerships between the University of Victoria and First Nations communities. It describes the value of bringing community Elders and other community resource people alongside mainstream teaching and learning in post-secondary training in order to ensure bi-cultural, community-relevant, community-involving processes and outcomes. First Nations community partners engage with a curriculum team from the mainstream institution to develop and deliver community-based, culturally sensitive course work leading to a diploma in Child and Youth Care. It will be of interest to all involved in the post-secondary sector.

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