ECED 442: Supporting Indigenous Infants and Young Children within the Context of Their Communities

Course Outline (Online 3.0 credits)


Assignment 1: Postings
Assignment 2: Journals
Assignment 3: Self-Location Paper and Indigenous intersections
Assignment 4: Plan of care for an Aboriginal child in your child care centre/Kindergarten

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.


As this online course is situated on Coast Salish lands, the course will focus primarily on people, traditions and ways of knowing related to the BC First Nations and the Métis.

ECED 442 is a core course for the Diploma in Infant Development and Supported Child Development (IDSC). This is an elective course for the Certificate in Infant Development and Supported Child Development (CIDSC), to be taken after EPSE 348, EPSE 406, and ECED 439.


Students will be asked to discuss, share, process and analyse their learning through activities such as reading, listening to podcasts, watching films, keeping journals, writing assignments, completing short quizzes, and creating a childhood portfolio related to their own life.

This online course will provide early childhood development professionals with an introductory view of perspectives related to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) families in Canada, particularly in British Columbia. Students will explore: Indigenous perspectives of childhood and lifespan development; Indigenous communities and colonial history; and the importance of culture and identity for the well-being of Indigenous children. As part of this course, students will:

  • Learn about the languages and tribal groups in British Columbia.
  • Learn about the importance of land and territory in relation to identity.
  • Gain more understanding of the history of residential school and the negative history of child welfare for Indigenous families.
  • Explore Indigenous worldview, perspectives on child and lifespan development and the roles of children in relation to their family.
  • Study Indigenous approaches to “home visiting”, developmental and needs assessment and family support.
  • Explore ways of understanding special needs and supporting children who are differently-abled and their families.
  • Recognize the importance of ceremony and celebration in the lives of First Nations, Métis and Inuit families.


This course is offered online on Canvas –

1 An Introduction to ECED 442 and Indigenous British Columbia
2 A History of Colonialism in Canada
3 Indigenous Worldview and Learning
4 Indigenous Families and the Life Cycle
5 Identity for Indigenous Children
6 Home Visiting and Assessing Child, Family, Parental Relational Needs
7 Practice Skills
8 Working with Children with Special Needs
9 Ceremony and Celebration


Call the UBC Bookstore to order: 604.822.2665, or toll-free in North America: 1.800.661.3889

Order online:

  • Maracle, Lee. Celia’s Song. Cormorant Books, 2014. ISBN: 9781770864160


This is an online course. Students are required to have a computer, access to the Internet, and a Campus Wide Login ID and password to access the course website.


Your EZproxy connection will allow you to access library resources from your computer on or off campus. For more information, go to

Telephone: 604.822.2013, or toll-free in North America: 1.888.492.1122

Latest Revision on: July 23, 2020