History & Background

While Infant Development Programs have been offered in BC since 1972, the need for culturally sensitive Aboriginal Infant Development programs has only recently been recognized. In 2002, thanks to the efforts of the Provincial Advisor for Infant Development Programs, Dana Brynelson, and support from the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development, an independent Office of the Provincial Advisor for Aboriginal Infant Development Programs was established.

Today, 29 Infant Development programs are running in Aboriginal communities in BC. Of these 29 programs, 14 programs who were surveyed reported to be serving over 400 infants and their families.