Aboriginal Children, Youth and Families: Transforming Legislation and Policies

Applied Community Studies
Child and Youth Care
Course Code
CYCC 2212
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging from 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course will examine the policy, legislation and practice standards that have led to and support the
transformation of BC’s Aboriginal child, youth and family services. The course will review the
imposition of colonial legislation and policies on the lives of Aboriginal children, youth and families in
British Columbia and will examine the current legislative and policy context.
Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  • The legacy of colonial policies and legislation continues to impact Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities today.
  • The knowledge of specific policies and legislation empowers practitioners to work respectfully and effectively with Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities who are involved with Aboriginal and mainstream systems. 
  • The reclaiming of Aboriginal control over services to Aboriginal children, youth and families is a historic act of justice and a necessary element in reconciliation.
Learning Activities
  • Lecture
  • Discussion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Collaborative Learning
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.  Typical means of evaluation could include a combination of:

  • Research essays and reports
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Examinations or quizzes
  • Class contribution
Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain past and current key legislative and policy developments that impact Aboriginal children, youth and families including the Indian Act, the Child, Family and Community Services Act and the Tssawassen Accord.
  2. Discuss current legislation, policies and standards specific to child welfare delivery in Aboriginal communities in BC.
  3. Discuss the current context and processes related to the transformation of services to Aboriginal children, youth and families.
  4. Identify other key pieces of legislation from systems other than child welfare that have an impact on Aboriginal children, youth, families and communities.
  5. Apply knowledge of specific policies and legislation to their work with Aboriginal children, youth and families.  
Textbook Materials




Enrollment in CYCC Program - Aboriginal Stream or permission of Coordinator


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for CYCC 2212
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Langara College (LANG) LANG GNST 2XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU CYCA 2309 (3)
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GENS 2XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV CYC 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC IS 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023