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Media Advisory – The focus is on literacy at Pan-Canadian Forum – April 14-15

by NationTalk on April 10, 2008508 Views

TORONTO, April 9 – Next week, the Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum will take place in nine different cities across Canada. Canada’s education ministers are hosting this event to initiate a national dialogue on literacy. It will bring together learners, parents, educators, business and labour leaders, policy makers, and community partners. The forum will link conference sites in Saint John, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Arviat, and Whitehorse. Through real-time webcasting, more than 3,500 participants will hear from literacy and education experts, entertainers, and business and media leaders. Keynote speakers are Susan Aglukark, David Asper, Linwood Barclay, Paul Bélanger, Adrienne Clarkson, Charles Coffey, Frank McKenna, and J. Fraser Mustard. While taking part in the larger conversation, each site will also explore and champion individual themes such as Aboriginal literacy, communities, early learning, prosperity, technology, and workplace literacy.

For more information about the forum and details about each of the conference sites, visit

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Editors may want to consider covering any number of the Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum’s components in advance of the forum, in person on April 14-15, or as the legacy materials from the event are made public in the coming months.

CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects in areas of mutual interest and concern. Learn more about CMEC and the Pan-Canadian Interactive Literacy Forum by visiting www.cmec.ca.

For further information: English: Chris George, Tel.: (289) 241-4095, E-mail: cgacomm@gmail.com; French: Colin Bailey, Tel: (416) 962-8100, ext. 259, E-mail: c.bailey@cmec.ca

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