NWAC Celebrates UNESCO’s International Literacy Day on September 8, 2012.

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Press Release – For Immediate Release

NWAC Celebrates UNESCO’s International Literacy Day on September 8, 2012. 

Ottawa, ON (September, 2012) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada has long advocated that a key for Aboriginal women and girls success is education and literacy.  With proper strategies literacy levels can rise and transform lives. The theme of International Literacy Day 2012 is Literacy and Peace. This theme was adopted by the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) to demonstrate the multiple uses and value that literacy brings to people. Innovative solutions are needed to create culturally relevant genderbased literacy policy and programming.  Aboriginal people have always understood the importance of lifelong learning and its role in success in both individual and community context. 

NWAC President Michele Audette stated, “Literacy is the foundation of most of our learning and gives us the skills we need to participate in society, helps us to have a voice, and builds on our cultural identity.”

For a country full of opportunity, promise and prosperity there is a core group that is overrepresented by Aboriginal peoples who do not possess the essential skills many Canadians take for granted, like literacy.  This core group deserves our attention.  

NWAC is keenly aware that working in a coordinated and unified fashion, with communities, diverse sectors such as government ministries, departments, NGO’s and political parties is the only way to enhance literacy for Aboriginal women. 

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Claudette Dumont-Smith

Executive Director

Native Women’s Association of Canada

Phone: (613) 722-3033

Email: cdumontsmith@nwac.ca

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