Video: Bringing Knowledge Full Circle Webinar

Bringing Knowledge Full Circle: Aboriginal Children’s EDI Data and Community Stories webinar took place on February 26th, 2015.

The second in the HELP and Success by 6 Winter Webinar Series, this webinar showcased HELP’s Aboriginal-specific EDI data holdings.  Joseph Dunn, Provincial Director, Success by 6 BC, and Kim Bayer, HELP's Aboriginal Community Liaison Coordinator,  shared information about HELP's Aboriginal data, the role of the HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee is supporting this work, and how Aboriginal Early Years Tables across the province are working with this research data to support community planning.

HELP’s ASC Elder Jessie Nyberg co-authors award winning research paper

Jessie Nyberg, Shuswap Elder and HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee Elder, contributed to a paper that has won the Award for Excellence from the International Journal of Health and Wellness.

Donna Kurtz, lead researcher of this paper and associate professor of nursing at UBC’s Okanagan campus, along with Jessie, doctoral supervisor de Sales Turner, and Diana Moar, of the Berens River First Nation, submitted the research paper Social Justice and Health Equality: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform. It was selected from among the 10 highest-ranked peer-reviewed papers for the top international award. Kurtz, Aboriginal liaison with the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC’s Okanagan campus, says the award is an honour and a surprise.

Congratulations Jessie, Donna, de Sales and Diana.

Please visit UBC Okanagan News for more information about this award.

New question added to the EDI

HELP is pleased to announce that a new question has been added to the Early Development Instrument questionnaire.  Question 11b) asks “Which Aboriginal language group does this student identify with?”. 

This question is about Aboriginal identity, which is grounded in land, language and culture. It is not asking whether the student speaks or understands the language. HELP is using language to understand which Aboriginal peoples the student identifies with.

HELP anticipates two potential challenges for teachers when answering this question. First, how to know which students are Aboriginal and second, which land based language groups do the students identify with, In anticipation of these challenges, HELP has produced a short video to provide some background and helpful advice when answering this question. We also encourage teachers to contact HELP’s Aboriginal Liaison Coordinator should they have additional questions.


How to Request EDI Data for Aboriginal Children fact sheet

HELP and the HELP Aboriginal Steering Committee are pleased to announce the release of a new fact sheet – How to Request EDI Data for Aboriginal Children. The fact sheet outlines information and procedures regarding Aboriginal specific EDI data. Please visit HELP’s Document page to view the PDF.

Please contact Elsie Kipp if you have any questions about the fact sheet or the Aboriginal Community outreach or research conducted at HELP.

Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit: Inclusion of the Early Years

The Society for Children and Youth of BC (SCY) launches the first edition of the Aboriginal Child Friendly Communities Toolkit: Inclusion of the Early Years. This is a child-friendly assessment and planning resource for organizations and community members to support the early childhood development of Aboriginal children and their surrounding communities. The focus of the toolkit is on 0 to 6 year olds, however, the toolkit can be helpful for all ages, families, and communities across cultures.

Download the toolkit for free at:

For more information about SCY, visit: