Accredited university courses that honour the knowledge that resides in communities.



Director, 1999-2007:
Jessica Ball, M.P.H., Ph.D.

Founder(1989) & Director, 1989-99:
Alan Pence, Ph.D.

Program Affiliation:
School of Child and Youth Care
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2
Tel: (250) 472-4128

Supporting Indigenous Children's Development



This book challenges and offers an alternative to the imposition of best practices on communities by outside specialists. It tells the story of an unexpected partnership initiated by an Aboriginal tribal council with the University of Victoria’s School of Child and Youth Care. The partnership has produced a new approach to professional education, in which community leaders are co-constructors of the curriculum and implementation proceeded only if both parties are present and engaged. Word of this “generative curriculum” has spread to numerous Aboriginal communities and now over sixty communities have participated in the First Nations Partnerships Program. Jessica Ball and Alan Pence show how this innovative program has strengthened community capacity to design, deliver, and evaluate culturally appropriate programs to support young children’s development.

The authors: Jessica Ball and Alan Pence are professors in the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.

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This site describes:

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Testimonial regarding Community-appropriate Training of First Nations Partnership Program.

Highlights of program evaluation

  • 78% of students completed the 2-year diploma program.

  • Across communities in B.C., 70-100% received Early Childhood Education certification.

  • 95% of graduates have remained in their own communities after the program.

  • 65% of graduates initiated new programs for children and youth.

  • 13% of graduates joined the staff of existing services.

  • 11% of graduates continued their studies, pursuing a Bachelors degree.

  • 80% of expenditures remain in the community to support program delivery.