First Nations Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Community-led Development and Planning Grant.
Funding was received by Okanagan Indian Band as part of the ELCC Community-Led Development & Planning grant. This initial investment is part of a long-term strategy to implement the National First Nations ELCC Framework.
The purpose of the grant is to determine our community’s priorities, and create a plan for future funding that responds to community identified needs.
You are encouraged to complete a survey to help identify priorities relating to young children and their families. This survey will be used to collect input on Early Learning and Child Care, or ELCC Programming needs of the OKIB community. OKIB currently offers four ELCC Programs: Head Start, Pre-School, Day Care at snc’c’amala?tn and ckʷukʷ ƛ̓lap il skʷkʷƛ̓ilt, nalɬ ƛ̓x̌əx̌ƛ̓x̌ap, the Language Nest. Information gathered will guide decision making for future programming and facilities provided by OKIB, with a focus on including Syilx Culture and Language in the best way possible.
A few minutes now can impact the future for generations to come.
By completing a survey you will provide insight into:
- Program strengths
- Areas of improvement in programs and/or facilities
- Ways to enhance culture and language programs
- Barriers experienced in accessing programs
- Ways to make programs more holistic – centred around a child’s emotional, physical, cognitive and spiritual ways of being
- Your vision and hopes relating to young children and their families.
Your opinions and experiences are vital to the planning process for future funding opportunities. Everyone is welcome to complete a survey and all information will be treated with confidentiality and care.
The survey is available online, on paper and in person. Copies are available in all OKIB buildings and you could also set up a time with the Study Coordinator to assist you in completing a survey, contact information is listed below.
Your help in spreading word of this opportunity to share ideas within your circle of family, friends and co-workers would be appreciated. Maximizing community input will result in the most complete and accurate assessment of our needs.
Kalli Van Stone
School Feasibility Study Coordinator
The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework represents the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples’ work to co-develop a transformative Indigenous framework that reflects the unique cultures, aspirations and needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis children. It communicates the vision for a comprehensive and coordinated early learning and child care system led by Indigenous peoples, establishes shared principles, and includes specific gender and geographic considerations that represent the views of all Indigenous children and families.
These shared principles stem from national and regional engagement processes and aim to offer a foundation to collectively strengthen Indigenous ELCC.
- Indigenous knowledges, languages and cultures Realizing the crucial importance of Indigenous ELCC that is rooted in distinct Indigenous cultures, languages and knowledges, as the foundation from which children form their individual and collective identity, and as an essential component of wellbeing.
- First Nations, Inuit and Métis determination Acknowledging that First Nations, Inuit and the Métis are distinct peoples with rights to self-determination including the right to control the design, delivery and administration of an Indigenous ELCC system that reflects their unique needs, priorities and aspirations.
- Quality programs and services Led by Indigenous peoples, creating culturally-appropriate and distinct ELCC programs and services that are grounded in Indigenous cultures and delivered through a holistic approach that supports the wellness of children and families in safe, nurturing and well-resourced programs and environments. Providing culturally-competent, well-educated, trained and well-compensated early childhood educators in healthy, equitable and supportive work environments.
- Child and family-centred Understanding the child in the context of family and prioritizing the direct involvement of families in the delivery of a continuum of programs, services and supports, from prenatal to school age and beyond. Supporting families to heal from past and present trauma.
- Inclusive Taking into account and building upon the diversity of Indigenous children and families, creating ELCC programs that include a range of supports to respond to children’s, families’ and communities’ diverse abilities (including physical, psychological and developmental abilities), geographic locations and socio-economic circumstances.
- Flexible and adaptable Enabling and supporting flexible ELCC programs and services that are responsive to the unique needs of a child, family or community.
- Accessible Supporting access to affordable ELCC programs and services for all Indigenous children and families who require them.
- Transparent and accountable Designing, delivering and funding ELCC in ways that are accountable to children, families, communities and partners; sharing data in in transparent and ethically appropriate ways, with reciprocal and mutual accountability between those who are collaborating to design, deliver and fund services.
- Respect, collaboration and partnerships With Indigenous peoples leading the way, strengthening and fostering new and emerging partnerships and collaborations at multiple levels, across sectors, with numerous players in program design and delivery to achieve shared goals. Recognizing that no one program can meet all the needs of children and their families, fostering a network of supports based on community needs and creating opportunities to support Indigenous families and communities to care for their children in more comprehensive, holistic, effective and efficient ways.
For further information on the IELCC Framework please visit the link below.
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