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A subject guide for people conducting or planning to conduct research on topics related to Aboriginal child care and policy.
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A guide for people conducting research on topics related to Aboriginal early childhood education, care and policy.

Use this guide to:

  • Connect with community resources
  • Find practical, online research & information
  • Discover materials in the Resource Centre collection

Bibliographies can provide a wealth of further research materials and possible research trajectories.  Remember also that people are "resources" for research and are often happy to share knowledge and contacts.  Our Research and Policy staff is also happy to do the same.

We appreciate your sharing important works by contacting us with any relevant documentation so that we may share them in turn.


Search the Resource Centre Collection

Our online catalogue contains citations and links to the latest and most important research articles, policy papers and reports in Aboriginal ECDC from Canada and around the world.




For more information, please search our online catalogue or contact us.

Recent Research

For assistance accessing resources not freely available online, please contact the Resource Centre.

  • An Environmental Scan of Public Policy and Programs for young Aboriginal Children in BC: A Cold Wind Blows  Icon
    A BCACCS publication: Prepared by Kathleen Jamieson, edited by Karen Isaac, 2014
    This 2014 Environmental Scan updates the 2007 BCACCS Environmental Scan: Winds of Change. The purpose of the Scan is, as in 2007, to describe, clarify, and put in political context the patchwork of federal and provincial Aboriginal early childhood development and care (Aboriginal ECDC) policies and programs specifically designed by the federal and BC provincial governments to close the “gap in life chances” between Aboriginal children and other children in BC.
  • Assessing the Language of Aboriginal Canadian Children: Towards a More Culturally Valid Approach  Icon
    by Alice Eriks-Brophy, 2014
    "This article discusses questions and issues to be considered when conducting language assessments with Canadian Aboriginal children."
  • Developmental Milestones Among Aboriginal Children in Canada  Icon
    by Leanne Findlay, Dafna Kohen, & Anton Miller, 2014
    This paper suggest that the "timing of milestone achievement may differ for Aboriginal children, highlighting the importance of establishing culturally specific norms and standards rather than relying on those derived from general populations."
  • First Nations Elders' and Parents' Views on Supporting their Children's Language Development  Icon
    by Jessica Ball & Marlene Lewis, 2014
    This study "set out to contribute knowledge about how to support early language development of young First Nations children in ways that are congruent with First Nations Elders and parents views and goals for their children’s early language learning."
  • Improving the reach of early childhood education for First Nations, Inuit and Metis children  Icon
    by Jessica Ball, 2014
    This paper highlights deficits in key determinants of Aboriginal children’s wellness and education outcomes. It focuses on the potential for early childhood programming, delivered in concert with other programmatic supports, to form a significant part of a comprehensive strategy involving all levels of government, in partnerships with Aboriginal groups, to ensure equity and dignity for Aboriginal young children and to improve outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples over the long term. Outstanding needs for population data and for research on program outcomes are also highlighted as part of the solution because they can inform investments and program improvements to ensure accountability and critical gains in opportunities for success and quality of life for Aboriginal children.
  • Resilience and Aboriginal Communities in Crisis: Theory and Interventions  Icon
    by Michel Tousignant & Nibisha Sioui, 2015
    This paper reviews theoretical concepts of and Aboriginal experiences with trauma and resilience.
  • The survey of well-being of young children: Results of a feasibility study with American Indian and Alaska Native communities
    by N.R. Whitesell, M. Sarche, & C. Trucksess, 2015
    "This study examined the feasibility of the Survey of Well-Being of Young Children (SWYC), a new screener for socioemotional and developmental problems and family risk in children birth to age 5 years, for use in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities."

Finding Aboriginal ECDC Resources

The type of search terms a researcher should use to find resources about Aboriginal early childhood care and education will vary depending on the institution. Some, like BCACCS, use current and culturally acceptable terms such as "Aboriginal", "Indigenous" and "First Nation". Other institutions that use Library of Congress subject headings will use terms like "Indians of North America" and "Native Peoples", which are widely considered inadequate and outdated. 

Here is an article addressing this issue: Update on subject headings for Aboriginal peoples in Canada

Here are some potential search terms for finding resources on Aboriginal ECDC:

  • Early childhood education
  • Education, Preschool
  • Child development
  • Child care services
  • Day care centers
  • Indigenous children
  • Inuit children
  • Native children
  • Special education
  • Language revival
  • Language acquisition
  • Health and hygiene
  • Education (usually sub-heading)
  • Government policy (usually sub-heading, eg. Child care -- Government policy -- British Columbia)
  • Research (usually sub-heading)
  • Testing (usually sub-heading, eg. Language acquisition -- Testing)
  • Services for (sub-heading, eg. Children -- Services for)

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