ATTENTION: AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office update for the next few weeks
This note is to update you on our AIDP/ASCD, BCAAFC Provincial Child Care Planner office activities for the next few weeks and possibly further. As we all receive new or updated information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it may or may not have impacted you, and we hope it won’t. We in the provincial office will very much take this issue seriously, for our own health, but also for the communities we visit and work in, and especially for our Elders and Seniors and those with existing or compromised health issues.
Many large gatherings have been cancelled or postponed this week and beyond and I know we have some very disappointed youth, basketball players and those with spring break travel plans, fun activities or visiting family and friends.
While there is a great deal of uncertainty, we would like to join you all in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 from entering into our communities and putting each other at risk. I for one have travelled for meetings and in-services in the past two weeks and have been wondering about and counting all the door knobs, railings, parkade meters, cabs, shuttles, airports and planes, ferries, hotel elevator buttons and visiting two training institutions in BC. I have washed my hands frequently or used hand sanitizer regularly.
BCAAFC, our host agency has allowed flexibility and we will all be working from home for the next couple of weeks, and we have suspended all future travel until further notice. We are proactively taking the lead from our agency with the recommendations from our governments and health authorities.
We are cancelling our AIDP/ASCD provincial advisory meeting in Merritt in May, due to the fact that NVIT is cancelling all activities, including ours. NVIT, the hotel and our travel agent are working with us to host this meeting later in the fall. We are working on an online meeting, so please keep this meeting on your calendar. More information will follow.
Our hearts and thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by this COVID-19. We appreciate all of you who are also being proactive in working with our children and families, those reaching out to our Elders to make sure they have what they need, the frontline healthcare workers, local communities, the B.C. and Canadian governments, our FNHA leadership who are working to contain this virus.
If we need to connect during this time of uncertainty, we are all available by phone, e-mail or conference call. We have a number of activities that we can work on in the meantime.
Below are connections for current information regarding the coronavirus…
Websites/documents for current information:
News Release from Provincial Government - Pandemic supports to continue through the summer | BC Gov News
CBC radio interview this morning with Minister Katrine Conroy - https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-91-the-early-edition/clip/15783729-ministry-of-children-and-family-development-says-pandemic-is-revealing-the-lack-of-support-for-families-with-special-needs
First Nations Health Authority: https://www.fnha.ca/
Ministry of Health Covid-19 Information: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-covid-19
Ministry of Children and Family Development: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/covid-19-information
B.C. Centre for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/
Health Link B.C.: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/
Province provides emergency fund for children with special needs: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020CFD0043-000650
Canadian Mental Health Association
Thank you all…
AIDP/ASCD Provincial Office
Based on the Indigenous rights of the child, Aboriginal children and families will be supported to reach their fullest potential through a strength-based holistic and culturally responsive approach that honours the whole child and places them at the centre of the “Circle of Support” to ensure they are included within their childcare, preschool and community care settings.