Northwest Territories Literacy Council
This Week in Literacy
Friday, September 26, 2008
NWT Literacy Week
After reading for 15 minutes, participants in the Read for 15 Challenge need to report to the NWT Literacy Council. You can do this as an individual or as a group – such as a division or even as an entire GNWT department! You can report your results by phoning our office at 873-9262 or 1-866-599-6758, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or faxing us at (867) 873-2176. Have a great week!
Events in Yellowknife for NWT Literacy Week
Celebrating the Local, Negotiating the School: Symposium on Language and Literacy in Aboriginal Communities
A Symposium at the University of Saskatchewan, November 7- 8, 2008, will be hosted by the Aboriginal Education Research Centre and the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre Bundle 2, Nourishing the Learning Spirit. The goal of this symposium is to explore the ways in which local literacies develop and function within local Aboriginal communities. Current research indicates that building on the language knowledge of learners enables them to use their linguistic understandings to access standard English as a language of power in the educational and political realms without relinquishing their local language, a language of power in community. For more information go to http://aerc.usask.ca/whatsnew.html
Phil Fontaine, national chief Assembly of First Nations
Posted in Canada Votes - Your Interview,Posted on September 24, 2008 10:10 AM
But what is needed? The Assembly of First Nations has launched a campaign to get First Nations people involved in the federal election. The AFN is encouraging First Nation communities to hold a day of political action on Sept. 29 to talk about the federal election, and encourage federal leaders to include aboriginal issues in the debates. AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine has compiled a questionnaire for party leaders on Aboriginal issues. This is your chance to question him. Submit your questions, and we will pick the best to ask Fontaine. His answers will appear here on Monday, Sept. 29. CBCNews.ca wants your questions.
How to participate
Remember, when sending in your question:
Liberals will restore literacy funding if elected on October 14
National Adult Literacy Database, Ottawa
The Canwest Raise-a-Reader campaign is a nation-wide fundraising effort in support of family literacy. In 2006, the Conservatives chopped funding for adult literacy by almost $9 million a year, and closed the National Literacy Secretariat. When the cuts were announced, the Conservatives’ press release described the programs being cut as “wasteful” and likened them to a “fat-trimming” exercise. Their cuts came at a time when statistics showed that 42 per cent of Canadians age 16 to 65 – representing nine million Canadians – struggle with low literacy. The week the cuts were announced, then Treasury Board President John Baird was fundraising for children’s literacy programs at the same time as he described literacy programs for adults as a waste of money. “I think if we're spending $20 million and we have one out of seven folks in the country that are functionally illiterate, we've got to fix the ground floor problem and not be trying to do repair work after the fact,” Baird said.
Mr. Dion called it a mean-spirited irresponsible attack. “It ignores the fact that literacy starts at home and that literacy is a key contributor to many national priorities such as productivity,” he said. A 2005 C.D. Howe Institute report showed that a one per cent rise in a country’s average literacy rates would boost productivity and lead to an $18-billion-a-year increase in Canada’s Gross Domestic Product.
Ministers want to improve aboriginal education
Published Wednesday September 24th, 2008, Fredericton
The ministers pledged to use future sessions to close the education gap between aboriginals and non-aboriginals in Canada - a topic they called "an economic, social and ethical necessity." New Brunswick Education Minister Kelly Lamrock said the council of education ministers will invite the country's First Nations, Métis and Inuit leaders to discuss the issue at the council's next session in Saskatchewan this February. "In a country as prosperous and fortunate and blessed as Canada, there's no excuse for having too many children and adults left behind by perpetually high rates of illiteracy and low rates of education," said Lamrock at a press conference."We must work together to forever close the achievement gap that has been too stubborn and bedeviled too many governments for too long." To read more go to http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/search/article/425160
Employer Investment in Workplace Learning: Report on the Yellowknife Roundtable
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