Cowichan, Stz’uminus, VIU collaborate on specialized ECEC program

June 13, 2018

Cowichan Tribes, the Stz’uminus First Nation, and Vancouver Island University have collaborated on the design of a specialized early childhood care program. Over the course of the three-year program, 24 Indigenous students will receive adult basic education upgrading, Hul’qu’minum language learning, and a diploma in early childhood education. “Cowichan Tribes Education and Vancouver Island University maintain a positive and successful working relationship,” said Char Crocker, director of Quw’utsun Syuw’entst Lelum’ of Cowichan Tribes. “The current need for early childhood educators is growing, as our Cowichan Tribes daycare continues to grow. It is wonderful for our students to have the opportunity to participate in the ECEC program.” The program received $815K from the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Cowichan Valley Citizen