Indigenous children and families are set to benefit from three new programs which aim to provide more culturally sensitive child care options.
One of the programs will see the province invest 3.6 million dollars in 11 new early learning and child care planning positions, which will focus on the specific cultural needs of Indigenous communities.
Another will see Indigenous organizations and governments eligible for up to 500 thousand dollars in funding from the Childcare BC New Spaces Fund, to bring new child care spaces to their communities.
A third program will see the provincial and federal governments team up to invest 30 million dollars in the Aboriginal Head Start Program.
This program will provide culturally based, inclusive, child care, family bonding, and prevention services to Indigenous families.
All of the programs are made possible thanks to partnerships between the province and the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, the BC Association of Friendship Centres, and Metis Nation BC.