In addition, a book in the child’s appropriate Aboriginal language is included. French backpacks were distributed in Yellowknife, Hay River and Fort Simpson.

Distribution of the Family Learning Kits

The kits were to be distributed over three years to all families with children
born in 1997, 1998 and 1999. Because the Literacy Council did not receive funding until later in 2001, it did not have time to acquire all the materials and assemble the backpacks for distribution in Year 1. Instead, during Year 2, it distributed backpacks to two sets of children: 4 and 5 year olds—those born in 1997 and 1998.

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In larger centres such as Yellowknife, Hay River, Rae-Edzo and Inuvik, backpacks for all three years were distributed through a continuous process, partly because of the numbers of children involved, and partly because of the difficulties of identifying eligible children in these communities.

As far as possible, the Literacy Council tried to ensure that the distribution
of the kits was linked to other family literacy initiatives and that it included an educational component for parents. This involved training the people who attended the family literacy training institutes. During Year 1, some Kindergarten teachers and school librarians were also asked to help out with the distribution to families with 5 year olds.