Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

Inspiring & Promoting Excellence in Child Care & Early Learning

Reconciliation and Indigenous Place: Decolonizing Practice through Social Justice @ Gordon House

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, all our upcoming in-person workshops and courses are CANCELLED.

We will contact you via the email address provided during registration with any updates. If a workshop or course cannot proceed, full refunds will be issued to registrants.

If you have any questions, please email pro-d@wstcoast.org.

Location: Gordon Neighbourhood House - 1019 Broughton St, Vancouver, BC. V6G 2A7

Education has long been taught through the Western dominant lens. Truth and Reconciliation has become a buzzword in Canada for many years now but how do we take authentic steps towards this unless we walk eye to eye, and go forward with courage? We need to find space to invite indigenous knowledge and perspectives in; with an open heart and an open mind we should be able to take the necessary steps to begin the process of dismantling all the systems of oppression that were, and are still currently in place in this country and globally. 

Bronson and Kristin will speak to their journeys as an Indigenous man and a settler ally woman walking a path of decolonization, in particular that of Early Childhood Education. This workshop opens up dialogue between presenters and participants to engage in meaningful ways we can work with children in a sociopolitical curriculum. 


  • Gain knowledge in how to deliver and engage in social justice issues with children.

  • Explore how to create a curriculum that fosters understanding, belonging and empathy.

  • Discuss how to bridge difficult topics in ways that children can understand.

  • Discover how embracing social justice topics can enrich programming.

  • Discussing what decolonizing education in the early years may look like.

  • Engaging in learning about the history of colonization that impacts us all and how the effects are still visible in First Nations communities.

Suitable for students, parents, adult instructors/administrators, novice, intermediate and experienced early care and learning professionals working with children of all ages, from infants/toddlers to school age children, including children with extra support needs.

Facilitators: Bronson Charles and Kristin Webster. Kristin was born and raised in Vancouver BC. She is employed by UBC Child Care Services and supervises the Salal Multi Age Child Care program. She is passionate about Land based pedagogy through a lens of Indigenous Knowledge and place. She is currently doing her Bachelor of ECED at Capilano University with plans to continue with her masters at UBC. Bronson Charles is currently an ECED student at Vancouver Community College. He is an advocate for cultural revitalization and is of Musqueam descent. Bronson and Kirsten believe children are the change we all aspire to be, and that their thoughts should be taken into consideration as they hold deeper meaning which can assist in destabilizing Eurocentric discourse.

  1. Requests for cancellations must be received at least 3 business days prior to the workshop / course date to get a refund, minus any Administration Fees.
  2. All refunds are subject to a $10 Administration Fee, except for workshops / courses that are $100 or more, which have a $25 Administration Fee.
  3. No monies will be refunded or credits offered once the workshop / course starts, or if it’s missed.
  4. Westcoast may cancel a workshop / course at any time. Registrants will be notified and receive a full refund.
  5. If a class is missed registrants forfeit their fee and there will be no refund or credit.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

  1. It is the participants’ responsibility to read the workshop/course description and objectives and make sure the training selected is suitable for their learning needs.
  2. Only Vancouver CCRR Registered LNRs or Vancouver Licensed Family Child Care Providers qualify to pay the FCC Fee and will need the Promo Code received by email to register. Use the promo code when registering, as no fee adjustments can be made after registration is confirmed. The Promo Code is not applicable for courses which are $100 or more.
  3. Participants must be 19 years of age at the time of registration.
  4. The equivalent of Grade 8 high-school English understanding, written and oral skills are necessary to actively participate in class.
  5. Participants must stay for the full workshop/course to receive a certificate.
  6. Doors close 15 minutes after start time in respect to the presenter and participants.
  7. We are unable to accommodate children during workshop/course time. Please make childcare arrangements.
  8. Payment must be made at the time of registration to confirm a seat.
  9. Receipts and handouts (if any) are always sent by email.
  10. There is a $15 charge to reprint a certificate or receipt for up to 1 year from the workshop / course date.
  11. Everyone in the class must abide by the Classroom Code of Conduct.
  12. These are non-credit workshops / courses, meaning they cannot be applied towards the completion of a university or college certificate, diploma or degree.
  13. If you have questions about a certificate being accepted by the ECE Registry, please contact them at 1-888-338-6622 or look on their website here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/early-learning/teach/training-and-professional-development/become-an-early-childhood-educator/renew-maintain-ece-certification

By registering for a workshop/course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

We are all guests in the training room. In an effort to maintain a safe and welcoming environment, we ask that we follow these guidelines:

  1. Respect people’s choices, experiences and feelings.
  2. One person speaks at a time.
  3. Participate actively by including your voice and make space for other voices to be heard.
  4. Respect confidentiality, what is said in the group, stays in the group. Speak in private with the instructor if necessary.
  5. Assume the best intent. This is a space to learn and sometimes that means making mistakes.
  6. Take care of yourself, whatever that may look like.
  7. Mute your microphone to reduce background noise and unmute it for group discussions, to comment or ask questions.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with these policies.

By registering for a workshop / course participants declare they have read, understood and agree with all policies.

In keeping with our eco-conscious goal of reducing paper use, handouts, resources and certificates will be sent by email. In this way, participants will have a resource that can be saved and viewed across various devices, shared and printed anytime.

We may take some photographs (including a Zoom group picture) during workshops/courses with the purpose of promoting our training. By registering you consent to allow us or others attending to take your photograph. If it’s okay with the facilitator, you may photograph materials, slides, books, etc., but not film the workshop.

Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) require a minimum of 40 hours of professional development to renew a certificate to practice. Select topics you would like to expand on or that you’re passionate about.

Registered Family Child Care Providers (RLNR) are required to complete at least 4 hours of professional development before their annual renewal date.


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Event Info

Date: Jun 24, 2020, 6:15 PM – 8:15 PM
Duration: 2 Hours
Fee: $35
FCC Fee: $20

Contact Info

Professional Development Team
Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
604-709-5661 EXT 221

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