Upcoming Virtual Professional Learning Opportunity!

The Centre of Indigenous Professional Learning
“Resurgence of Our Knowledges”

The Centre of Indigenous Professional Learning is inviting early years professionals to join the “Roles, Responsibilities, and Leadership in Early Childhood Education” virtual series.

This virtual learning series focuses on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit worldview(s) regarding roles, responsibilities, and leadership in early years environments; with relation to the College of Early Childhood Education’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice and Indigenous ways of knowing and being.

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE: July 3, 2023 – September 8, 2023

Questions? If you have any questions, please e-mail; iplinfo@oahsa.ca

Please click the link below to register.


National Indigenous Peoples Day 2023

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada.  This year, it will take place on Wednesday June 21, 2023.   

The Métis Nation of Ontario has recently developed an Education Kit containing Métis culturally appropriate resources, along with an Educator Guide, providing lesson plans that link to How Does Learning Happen? and the Ontario Curriculum for Grades K-3. The kit has been developed to provide educational support to front-line educators, teachers, school boards, child care centres and the Métis community.  

In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, TBDSSAB wishes to give away one Métis Nation Education Kit to a member of our Child Care and Early Years Community! This Education Kit contains the following: 2 dolls, finger puppets, spinner, sash, wooden spoons, music, 2 books, ball and cup, and Métis flags! It also contains the bilingual resource guide mentioned above, which explain the teachings behind each item in the kit and some suggestions of how to incorporate these materials and teachings into your program.  To enter to win this Métis Nation Education Kit please complete this FORM.   

Virtual Tour with Waabogonee!

Are you curious about other early learning environments?  

Do you want to learn about what is happening in our community?  

Then join in on our virtual tours!!! 

On Thursday October 13, 2022 from 2-3PM the incredible educators from Waabogonee EarlyON Centre are inviting us to join them for a virtual tour of their EarlyON centre! Rhonda, Nicole and Jade will share some of the many strengths of their programs, including the indoor and outdoor play spaces, stories from families, documentation, cultural teachings, and so much more! 

We will come together for approximately one hour, and Waabogonee staff will share with us: 

  • Land Acknowledgement  
  • Pre-recorded video presentation 
  • PowerPoint 
  • Q&As & Discussion Period 

We welcome you to join us and become inspired by these incredible educators. To sign up, please complete the registration form HERE!

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in showcasing your program, e-mail us at early.years@tbdssab.ca! 

Virtual tour with Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook!

On behalf of the Child Care and Early Years team at TBDSSAB we want to say Chi Miigwetch to the incredible team at Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook EarlyON Child and Family Centre. On Tuesday March 29th Sarah, Jennifer, Sabrina and Erica took us on a journey through their program during our first ever virtual tour gathering!  They offered insight into who they are, their journey with embracing and implementing Indigenous culture into their programs and the special ways that make their team unique in our community! Through their insightful video, and the wholesome discussion period, we were able to learn alongside educators within our community and embrace the perspectives they bring to our Early Years field!

We are looking forward to our upcoming tours which will be happening throughout the Spring and Fall, stay tuned for updates! If you are interested in showcasing your program through a virtual tour, please let us know by emailing early.years@tbdssab.ca!

You can find the RECORDING LINK HERE! Please share your thoughts, reflections and questions in the comment section!😊

Miigwetch and Baamaapii!

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Make sure to check out our calendar for upcoming events. Some exciting plans we have in store are:

  • Virtual Trivia Night! – Wednesday, February 23 from 7-8pm [we’ve got PRIZES!}
  • Virtual Tour with Abiinojiishiik-amino-yawook EarlyON Centre – Tuesday, March 29 from 10-11am

Don’t forget to register! You can visit the Calendar for more details, or register HERE.

Call Out: Virtual Tours!! 

We are excited to be collaborating with some of our local service providers to offer Virtual Tours of your early learning spaces. This will be an opportunity for programs to share their strengths and the incredible work that they do for the children and families in our District. We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in giving a tour of their environments, services, or share how you practice Early Childhood Education in your settings. 

These tours will be less than an hour with some time at the end for questions and conversation. The format of the tour is up to you. For example, we can go live, pre-record videos, create a PowerPoint, present pedagogical documentation, or any other format you can imagine!  

Our hope is to share and celebrate a new location each month. Currently, we are looking to fill spots during the months of May and June… let us know if you are interested by e-mailing us at early.years@tbdssab.ca!   


Natural Curiosity: The Four Branches & Indigenous Lenses

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A FREE self-guided learning series!

Click HERE to learn more and register for the free program!

Designed for self-guided learning, this free program includes a 5-part instructional video series that provides an introductory exploration of Natural Curiosity’s four-branch environmental inquiry framework, deepened by Indigenous perspectives.

The first video of the 5-part instructional video series provides an overview of the Natural Curiosity pedagogy, developed at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School, OISE-University of Toronto. It references the leading resource, Natural Curiosity 2nd Edition, alongside its authors and leading practitioners to define environmental inquiry, and how it relates to Indigenous perspectives.

Educators are invited to explore the video resources independently, or as a group to launch a collaborative inquiry or book study.

  • Branch 1: Inquiry and Engagement Lighting the Fire
  • Branch 2: Experiential Learning Sending Out Roots
  • Branch 3: Integrated Learning The Flow of Knowledge
  • Branch 4: Moving Towards Sustainability Breathing with the World
Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series Branch 1 Inquiry and Engagement Lighting the Fire Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series Branch 2 Experiential Learning Sending Out Roots
Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series Branch 3 Integrated Learning The Flow of Knowledge Natural Curiosity Self-Guided Learning Series Branch 4 Moving Towards Sustainability Breathing with