Métis Nation BC's Ministry of Education encourages your child's learning and continued education. It is important for children and students to continue their education during this crisis.
COVID-19 Updates and Information
"Keep Learning BC"
“While teachers and schools will have primary responsibility for continuous learning, the government has launched Keep Learning BC. This is a central place where families can find ideas for everyday educational activities, annotated links to free learning resources, as well as how to help children learn and how to ensure their well-being while they are at home. Keep Learning BC is available at www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/
The Keep Learning BC website will have helpful guides to maintain routines and stay safe online, giving parents information about how to talk to their children about COVID-19, along with other mental health resources to manage stress or anxiety. A comprehensive set of frequently asked questions is also available, with continuous updates about school services and programs as things progress: www.gov.bc.ca/safeschools/
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Continuity of Learning
Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)
EASE at Home (for Parents and Caregivers)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EASE classroom activities were adapted for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children's mental health and continuous learning.
These fun and practical strategies help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease
BC Ministry of Education - COVID-19 Newsletters
June 13, 2020
Shelley Moore Offers Home Learning Tips in New Online Series
B.C. educators are doing an exceptional job of supporting students who have been learning from home since in-class instruction was suspended in mid-March. And many parents are keen to know how they can continue to help.
With that in mind, the Ministry of Education has partnered with inclusive education advocate and storyteller Shelley Moore on a new video series to better support students with disabilities learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Released every Tuesday and Thursday, these short videos include strategies for parents to help keep their kids connected and engaged with their learning during these extraordinary times.
Visit Open School BC's Keep Learning website or Shelley‘s Five Moore Minutes Special Home Learning Edition YouTube channel to see the videos that have been released in the series so far. Topics covered include explaining COVID-19 to kids, understanding continuous learning, the importance of visual cues, and interactive reading. Shelley also hosts a live stream podcast Q&A session on her social media channels each week that reaches over 16K followers.
Keep checking back to these sites as new videos will be released each week into the summer.
May 21, 2020
Live Tonight: K-12 Education Townhall with Minister Rob Fleming
Join Minister Rob Fleming and host Ravi Kahlon, MLA for Delta North and Parliamentary Secretary for Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, tonight at 7:15 pm (PDT) in a virtual townhall meeting to ask questions about BC's Education Restart Plan and what it means for K-12 education in the province. Minister Fleming will be joined by Stephanie Higginson, President of the British Columbia School Trustees Association, and Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Lead, Office of the Provincial Health Officer.
This will be the second townhall in a series of COVID-19 meetings that are open virtually to the public across the province. You can ask your questions during the virtual townhall on the Government of B.C. Facebook page. You can watch the virtual townhall on either the Facebook page or the Province of B.C. YouTube channel.
Please visit the COVID-19 Townhalls web page for more information regarding the Townhall series.
May 19, 2020
YMCA Launches New Online Resource for Teachers
Looking for a fun way to keep your students active? The YMCA has launched YGym, a free virtual physical activity program for young people and families across Canada. Offered in both English and French, YGym includes a variety of physical activity and sports skills videos for students aged 5-9 and 10-15. A fundamental movement video will also be launched soon.
YGym is a great resource for teachers looking for ways to encourage their students to continue developing their physical literacy. Each video is instructed by a YMCA certified fitness coach and features content based on YMCA Canada's Health & Fitness programs and Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines.
Please visit the YMCA’s YGym web page for more information.
What are you doing to help your students stay healthy and active? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org -- we'd love to hear from you!
Update: May 15, 2020
BC's Restart Plan and BC Go Foward Management Strategy - COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 School Settings PDF
"Nuttah & Kitchi Covid-19 Journal & Activity Book: Project Protect Our People."
Featuring colouring pages and a unique gratitude tree, Traditional Knowledge activities, drawing & writing exercises, bingo, cut-outs & more!
**25 pages of activities for the family, students, educators and the community! Written by Sandra Samatte & Illustrations by Julian Grafenauer. #NuttahandKitchi A 2020 GoodMinds.com Production. Accompanies our new "Nuttah & Kitchi Project: Protect Our People, Stay Healthy-Keep Safe." Ebook. For a Free copy download Nuttah & Kitchi.pdf #WeAreinthisTogether
Library Resources in British Columbia
Families across BC can visit the website of their local public library to see the resources they have available. Many libraries are offering Virtual Storytimes on Facebook, YouTube, or other video platforms, and most libraries provide access to ebooks, including picture books for young children, through their websites. For an excellent map of libraries throughout British Columbia, including a link to each library’s website visit the New to BC website at https://newtobc.ca/bc-libraries/ .
Links to online songs, stories, and rhymes from libraries around the province:
Vancouver Public Library
- Facebook Live storytimes every weekday at https://www.facebook.com/watch/vancouverpubliclibrary/227694525306268/
- Virtual storytimes and babytimes are also available through the VPL Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBfzPEPPm7jQbLIQWU5mJJQ
- Storytimes on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/surreylibrariesbc/featured
Richmond Public Library
- Live and archived storytimes and babytimes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/yourlibraryRichmond/videos/?ref=page_internal
Fraser Valley Regional Library
- Virtual babytimes and virtual storytimes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ReadLearnPlay/videos/?ref=page_internal
Okanagan Regional Library
- Rhyme Time for babies and toddlers on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlSSNm-sbtsD7wFOEPnL2MpATWBacEWB3
Creston Valley Public Library
- Weekly storytimes and “Let’s Make Music” programs for families on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/crestonlibrary/videos/?ref=page_internal
Nelson Public Library
- “Stay at Home Storytime” every Saturday on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6CMoTJTbRcTog71Aw6eAg
- Granny Goose songs and rhymes on Wednesdays through Zoom; for details see library newsletter at http://www.libraryaware.com/3220/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/645ab31e-ce43-4256-9d08-c741a5bd929f?postId=904f9233-66d6-491e-9899-a914cacf1105
Update: April 29, 2020
COVID-19 BC Government Update for Child Care Operators/Providers/Partners Newsletter Vol. 1
Update: April 24, 2020
Edited: COVID-19 Education Support for Families Grant - (Surrey, BC) - April 16, 2020 - Online Learning Financial Support. Application (fillable pdf)
Update: April 9, 2020
Attention: Indigenous Coordinators/Counsellors/Aid Officers
Re: Deadline Extension
Due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts – including the ability of students to complete online applications and secure required references - the deadline to apply for 2020 Indigenous Student Awards – all Programs – has been extended to May 29, 2020.
Please help us to promote these valuable Awards, and share news of the extended application deadline, by circulating this notice to your network. Include the following link where details on eligibility and application procedures can be found. https://www.ikbbc.ca/indigenous-awards/about-this-award/
Click here https://www.ikbbc.ca/student-stories/ to read inspiring stories about BC students who have recently received Indigenous Student Awards.
Programs and Resources
- Ayishiinoo Faamii - Family Circle Time Online
- Métis Early Years Activity Guide for Families
Kindergarten to Grade 12
Families throughout B.C. to benefit from enhanced digital library services https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EDUC0019-000652
Resources and Updates
Resources and Updates
- Emergency Assistance - Resource Directory for Post Secondary Indigenous Students
Métis Literacy and Important Resources
Métis Nation British Columbia has been sending free books to Métis children for over 12 years! The Imagination Library is a literacy program that focuses on Métis children 5 years of age and younger. Each child receives their own age-appropriate book each month. If you would like to register your children to receive books from the Imagination Library please complete the application form and email it to email@example.com
We know that many families are currently looking for activities to do at home together. We believe that having free age-appropriate books for your children is now more important than ever! For those already receiving books, and those interested in registering we are happy to confirm that the book orders will proceed as normal. Application Form: https://www.mnbc.ca/app/webroot/uploads/Education/Imagination_Library_Registration_Form_07-18.pdf
Goodnight with Dolly!
In hopes to provide comfort to families during this challenging time the Imagination Library has announced Goodnight with Dolly, a 10-week series of Dolly read aloud videos starting Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm. Dolly Parton will read one Imagination Library bedtime story each week.
The books featured in the series include:
“There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake” by Loren Long
“Llama Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney
“I Am a Rainbow” by Parton
“Pass It On” by Sophy Henn
“Stand Tall, Molly Lou Mellon” by Patty Lovell
“Violet the Pilot” by Steve Breen
“Max & The Tag-Along Moon” by Floyd Cooper
“Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña
“Coat of Many Colors” by Parton
“The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper.
Join Dolly each week! Register HERE.
For all inquires, including how to register for Imagination Library, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org