Together, the Child, Youth and Family Studies community respects and acknowledges STO:LO TEMEXW, the territory of the Halq’em’eylem speaking Sto’:lo peoples, who have cared for these lands since time immemorial. As we enact reconciliation and journey towards wellness in this interconnected web of life, we are grateful for the generosity, stewardship, and guidance of Indigenous peoples.
CYFS is inspired to welcome learners to journey together toward well-being as we honour diversity, strive for equity and social justice, transform lives, and build community.
We develop leaders grounded in the process of relationship who cultivate socially just communities where children and families flourish.
We embrace the core values of UFV and commit to actualizing them in the following ways in CYFS...
Modelling and promoting a journey to reconcile and understand how to decolonize curriculum and praxis
Demonstrating the highest standards of practice and professionalism
Engaging in current and relevant pedagogical practices informed by research, scholarship, and service within our professions
Aspiring to a high level of relational ethics that promotes social justice in ECE & CYC
Weaving Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing into the curriculum
Respecting diversity and valuing individuals of all abilities, cultures and beliefs
Creating relational, inclusive, equitable & accessible learning environments
Nurturing each learner’s unique path towards employment
Building a strong community of practice engaged in relationship and dialogue
Providing experiential learning in community
Developing & cultivating collaborative opportunities to enrich the lives of students, the local community, and global society
Building health & wellness through relationship
Collaborating with community as we work towards justice, equity, diversity and inclusion
Creating engaging, growth-oriented learning environments
Providing high standards of pedagogy & praxis in the delivery of curriculum
Demonstrating respect for the whole person
Modelling and engaging in a reciprocal teaching & learning relationship that promotes critical thinking and reflective practice
The CYFS department is a member of:
- The Federation of Community Social Services of BC
- Child and Youth Care Association of British Columbia
- Early childhood educators of BC
- The Child and Youth Care Education Consortium of British Columbia