Exploring Structural Inequities in Early Child Development & Intervention with Indigenous Families and Children and Advancing Trauma- and Violence-informed Care

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This webinar is based on the findings from a mixed methods study (surveys and focus groups) and policy impact knowledge exchange forums undertaken by the presenters from 2019-2021 in British Columbia (BC); funded by the provincial government. The primary goal of this research was to generate a better understanding of how organizational and structural factors influence the capacity of early child development and intervention (ECDI) agencies and frontline providers to deliver trauma- and violence-informed care (TVIC) with Indigenous families who are raising infants and children with support needs in different regions of BC.

Using a TVIC framework in this research – helped to make visible how the current ECDI system in BC is shaped by numerous, inter-related structural factors that can: (1) make this system ‘hard to reach’ for Indigenous families – particularly in Northern and rural areas of the province, and (2) cause unintentional stress/harm for families and frontline providers.

This webinar will highlight:
a) The need to shift from trauma-informed care to TVIC
b) How structural inequities maintain the status quo of a ‘hard to reach’ ECDI system for Indigenous communities, families and children
c) Proactive and practical equity-oriented opportunities for change in ECDI funding, policies and quality standards that can advance TVIC with Indigenous communities, families and children.

Following the webinar there will be time for a Q & A with the presenters.

Following this webinar, participants will have a greater understanding of …
● What is gained by shifting from a lens of being trauma-informed to trauma- and violence-informed
● How structural and organizational factors can make an ECDI system hard to reach and potentially harmful for Indigenous families
● What opportunities exist to disrupt the current system and enhance equitable access and use for Indigenous communities, families and children

  • Alison Gerlach, PhD, MSc (OT). Assistant Professor, School of Child & Youth Care at University of Victoria
    Alison is a first-generation White settler of English and Welsh descent who is privileged to live and work on the unceded, traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples for the past 30 years, including the lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation where she lives with her family and the lands of the Llwungen, Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples where she currently works in the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria.

  • Diana Elliott, Provincial Advisor at the Aboriginal Infant Developmental Program of British Columbia
    Diana is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes in Duncan, BC and Nuu Chah Nulth from the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, BC. Working from the philosophy that each child is a gift from the Creator, Diana appreciates the importance of enriching early and lifelong learning and the benefits of child, parenting and family support from a culturally meaningful and safe place. Diana has a vision for Indigenous child, family and community health and wellness and is proud to work with AIDP for almost 30 years. Diana has been in her current role as provincial advisor to 55 Aboriginal Infant Development Programs (AIDP) for 17 years. Her three grandchildren have renewed her passion in her work.

  • Jason Gordon, Provincial Advocate at British Columbia Association of Child Development & Intervention
    Jason is a fourth-generation White settler privileged to live, work, and play on the traditional unceded territory of the Syilx/Okanagan Nation. His work with the BC Association of Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI) focuses on advocating for an equitable and accessible system of services for children and youth with support needs. BCACDI is committed to participating in research and collaborating with partners to improve service delivery with Indigenous children and families.
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