Indigenous and child literacy programs have been growing across the country in recent years.
And there are now thousands of such programs in place across the province.
Here’s a guide to learn more about what they are, what they’re not, and how to find them.
What are indigenous and children’s programs?
Indigenous and children education is a term used to describe programs that aim to provide opportunities for children to learn the language and culture of their community.
The term is often used interchangeably with indigenous and culture-based programs, although the term is also used in reference to children’s and youth learning programs.
Indigenous and cultural literacy programs include programs aimed at helping Indigenous children develop their own ways of learning and living, as well as teaching them the language.
Programs aimed at the development of new skills and abilities for Indigenous children and youth can also include programs that support youth in finding their own jobs.
Indigenous literacy programs vary in size, length, and scope across the provinces and territories.
They are typically run by a variety of organizations and include groups such as the Canadian Aboriginal Teachers Association (CATAA), Aboriginal Peoples’ Association of British Columbia (APBCB), and the Association of Indigenous Languages and Cultures of British Colombia (ALECBC).
In some provinces, such as British Columbia, these programs are also funded by the federal government.
What does child care involve?
Child care programs aim to help children develop the skills and experiences they need to succeed in school.
They also include classes and programs that can include activities that help young people develop the ability to think independently and to apply their knowledge in a supportive environment.
In many cases, child care is also part of the curriculum, although some child care programs are not.
What do aboriginal languages and cultures mean to indigenous people?
Aboriginals and other First Nations people are often referred to as “non-Indigenous” or “non–aboriginal” in Canada.
Some aboriginal languages, such in French and English, are also spoken in different parts of the country.
However, these terms are often used to refer to languages spoken in the territories, including the Cree, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
The terms are used to distinguish languages that have been spoken in Canada for generations and to differentiate languages spoken by First Nations and non-Indians who speak different languages.
In fact, the term “aborigina” is often applied to people who speak both First Nations languages and who have non-First Nations ancestry.
Who should I talk to about aboriginal and child care?
Aboriginal and child educators are the best resource for learning more about aboriginal child care and programs in Canada, according to the Aboriginal Education Centre of Canada (AECC).
In addition to the federal Aboriginal Education Act and other provincial legislation, Aboriginal and Aboriginal Child and Family Development Canada (ACFC) has a list of resources that can be used for learning about aboriginal language programs.
Contact an Aboriginal and Child Education (ACEC) office for more information.
The AECC also has a number of resources on the web that can help you learn more.