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Saskatchewan/Northwest Territories Partner in National Literacy Forum

by NationTalk on April 14, 2008529 Views

News Release – April 14, 2008

Juno award winning singer and songwriter, Susan Aglukark, will be the keynote speaker today in Regina at an Aboriginal Literacy Forum sponsored in partnership by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Government of the Northwest Territories. Regina is one of the host sites taking part in a Literacy More Than Words national, interactive, web-cast Pan-Canadian Literacy Forum on April 14 and 15.”This forum will ensure that Aboriginal literacy is part of our national conversation,” Education Minister Ken Krawetz said. “In Saskatchewan we have a young, dynamic and growing Aboriginal population, and the learning success of all of our young people is vital to securing the future of our province.”

“The Aboriginal Literacy Forum will focus on literacy success stories of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures and communities,” Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister Rob Norris said. “The forum will provide a unique learning opportunity to showcase and to celebrate Aboriginal ways of knowing and learning.”

“This forum is an exciting, dynamic way to help illustrate the importance of literacy,” First Nations and Métis Relations Minister June Draude said. “It is an important tool in our continuing efforts to ensure success for First Nations and Métis people so they can fully share in Saskatchewan’s economic prosperity.”

“This is an opportunity to share best practices and increase awareness across the country,” Northwest Territories Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty said. “The Saskatchewan theme of Aboriginal Literacy was just too great an opportunity to miss partnering on.”

As part of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Literacy Action Plan, the provinces and territories have committed to work together to raise awareness about the importance of literacy and to boost literacy levels across Canada. The Pan-Canadian Literacy Forum initiates a new era of co-operation and provides an opportunity to create a legacy of literacy knowledge and materials.

Approximately 3,500 people at nine sites, connecting all 13 provinces and territories across Canada’s six time zones will be linked together using interactive technology to discuss ‘literacy for all’ across Canada.

In addition to Susan Aglukark, keynote speakers from other locations include Adrienne Clarkson discussing Community Literacy; Fraser Mustard discussing Early Childhood Literacy and Frank McKenna discussing Literacy for Prosperity.

For more information, visit www.skliteracyforum.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Terry White
Advanced Education, Employment and Labour
Regina
Phone: 306-787-7791
Email: twhite@sasked.gov.sk.ca
Cell: 306-527-5643

Jacquie McLean
Education
Regina
Phone: 306-787-5609
Email: jmclean@sasked.gov.sk.ca

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