4.0 Efforts to Support Aboriginal Literacy
Many organizations are involved in supporting Aboriginal languages and literacy. We have chosen to look at what two other literacy coalitions in Canada do, what the federal government and the GNWT do, and what language communities themselves have set as their priorities.
4.1 Models from other literacy coalitions
Literacy organizations in other parts of Canada reflect the importance of Aboriginal literacy to varying degrees. Saskatchewan and Nunavut, the two organizations we will look at, are in very different situations, and have taken different approaches to supporting Aboriginal literacy.
In Saskatchewan, in the 1996 Census, out of almost 1 million people,
just over 110,000 were Aboriginal (11.4%). Although non–aboriginal
the majority, the Aboriginal group
is the fastest growing group in Saskatchewan. In recognition of this,
the Saskatchewan Literacy Network has established a Provincial Aboriginal
Committee to guide a two–year
Aboriginal Literacy Project. It believes that Aboriginal literacy services
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