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ISBN (Print) :978-1-77368-265-5 | ISBN (Online) :978-1-77368-266-2


Exploring the data landscapes of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children’s early learning and child care (ELCC)

November 2020

Early learning and child care (ELCC) is an extremely important point of intervention for addressing the socio-economic and health inequities among Indigenous Peoples in Canada by prioritizing the well-being of Indigenous children. Understanding what constitutes high quality ELCC in an Indigenous context requires a unique set of distinctions-based, strengths-based and culturally relevant indicators. These indicators must reflect Indigenous worldviews that are grounded in principles of balance and harmony and tend toward a holistic view of well-being.

Drawing on Canadian and international academic and grey literature, this document aims to identify conceptual frameworks and examine indicators of Indigenous ELCC that could be useful in developing a unique framework for assessing the quality of Indigenous ELCC in the Canadian context. The identified indicators are mapped against the nine principles of the 2018 Federal Government of Canada’s Indigenous ELCC framework, highlighting significant gaps in knowledge and data and areas for future research.

Read the Main Report (80 pages) | Read the Appendices (50 pages)