Advisory Committee and Activities

The BC Regional Innovation Chair for AECD Community Advisory Committee has been in place since April, 2011. This committee provides guidance and acts as a resource to the Chair.

The AECD Advisory Committee was made up of early childhood leaders in the community. Since 2019, the latest Advisory Committee is working towards a membership of Elders to reinstate traditional ways of knowledge and connection to supporting children in their communities.


The committee is comprised of representatives from the following groups:

  • Aboriginal Success by Six (Cowichan)
  • BC Aboriginal Child Care Society
  • BC Aboriginal Head Start
  • BC Infant Development Programs
  • Chemainus Native College
  • Coast Salish Employment and Training
  • Kwumut Lelum Child and Family Services, Early Childhood Development
  • School District 68 Aboriginal Education
  • Snuneymux'w Child Care Programs
  • Tillicum Lelum Friendship Centre
  • Vancouver Island University Elders in Residence
  • Vancouver Island University Aboriginal Education
  • Vancouver Island University, Dean's Office, Health and Human Services
  • Vancouver Island University, Early Childhood Education and Care

Advisory Committee Mandate

According to mandate and terms of reference the committees will assist the Chair in one or more of the following areas:

  • Develop a vision for best practices in educational approaches to support early childhood development
  • Identify stakeholders and potential collaborators at the community level
  • Identify and prioritize the research agenda with the Chair
  • Provide perspectives on research proposals and findings
  • Provide support for research projects where needed, and
  • Participate in monitoring the progress and updating the research agenda on an annual basis