Child Care Professional Development Workshops

Child Care Professional Development Workshops

From February to May 2024, the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres will be hosting professional development workshops for its members focused on childcare, tradition, art, and storytelling.
These workshops will take place monthly and will explore topics like the importance of art in the home, reading with Indigenous intent, and connecting children to their traditions. The workshops will feature Indigenous author and artist Andrea Fritz.
Friendship Centre staff and partners can learn more about Andrea and the topics and readings below. Members are welcome to register for one or all four of the workshops. Books and supplies for the workshops will be mailed to participating Friendship Centres.

Workshop Details

Storytelling and living a good life

February 26, 2024
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Read: Otter Doesn’t Know
In this workshop learn about how traditional storytelling relates to children learning to live a good life. Through the mistakes and troubles of a character, children can learn about what they should and shouldn’t do in our society.
Guide: Reading with Indigenous intent.

The connection between art and storytelling

March 11, 2024
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Read: Crow Helps a Friend (new release)
Children can learn complex morals from stories. In this workshop, we will investigate how art relates to this way of learning and how art in your home can have a huge impact on your children’s upbringing when you combine it with storytelling.
Guide: Examples of art in the home and its significance.

Connecting children to their traditions: Small traditional references make a big difference

April 8, 2024
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Read: Smuy, Spaal, and The Red Snow (future release; reference to plank houses)
This workshop will introduce the importance of knowing where you come from and having a concrete connection to that place through visual traditions and art. The feeling of disconnection is a problem for Indigenous youth, due to residential school/60’s scoop/foster care. The response is starting a deep connection to their home/place of origin with small connections.
Guide: Emphasizing a child’s place of origin by creating a concrete connection and creating connection when your origin is unknown.

Indigenous visual art of coastal BC, many styles rooted in tradition

May 13, 2024
9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Read: Animals and their babies
In this workshop, you can learn about the many different styles of West Coast Indigenous art. Although all West Coast art is related in style and purpose, each has its own unique details and origins. Learn a few of these to help you connect with Indigenous peoples of different regions through art.
Guide: Colouring the traditional way, how and why.

About the Artist

Andrea Fritz is a Coast Salish artist and author from the Lyackson First Nation of the Hul’qumi’num speaking Peoples on the West Coast of Canada. She learned West Coast Native art in the Victoria school district from Victor Newman (Kwagiulth).
Andrea strives to express her people’s history and all our futures using her art. She focuses on animals and scenes of the West Coast of Canada and our intricate relationships with them. Andrea works in the mediums of acrylic on canvas/wood, serigraph, vector art, and multimedia. She has had numerous shows of her work including at Eagle Feather Gallery, the Place Gallery and The Outpost at Ketchikan.
Andrea teaches Coast Salish art to students in the Victoria school district and throughout the province. Andrea has participated in community-based art pieces including Oaklands walking signs, Sir James Douglas Elementary mural, and an elder gift from her nation for an Elder’s retreat to Lummi. Andrea plans to continue sharing her knowledge of the art as well as create new art to inspire change. She hopes to show the beauty of the people, places, animals and stories in our corner of the world.

Registration Form

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If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information (about these workshops or other BCAAFC childcare initiatives), please contact:
Nikki Scott
BCAAFC Child Care Planner