Canada Literacy

Shockingly Low Literacy Rates Prove First Nations Kids Are Being Left Behind

Charlie Angus | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

Buried in a department performance report, we learned the shocking news of the failures of literacy and numeracy in First Nation schools. In the Ontario region, students who participated in provincial standardized testing in 2013-2014 ended up with an average literacy score of 21 per cent for boys and 32 per cent for girls. What are the results of educating children in a system that has been systematically underfunded for decades? Unless we are willing to break this cycle of underfunding and negligence, the question will need to be asked -- who will stand up to apologize to this generation of children who are being deliberately left behind?

How Adult Literacy Is Transforming a Village

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

September 8 is International Literacy Day, marked with events in schools and communities around the world, and highlighted by a United Nations celebration and conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Despite the promising gains of the UN's worldwide "Literacy as Freedom" decade that ended in 2012, more than 770 million people over the age of 15 cannot read or write.

We're Already Living in the Future

Cathy Elliott | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada
Cathy Elliott

Escape From an Inhospitable Planet As a kid in high school, I was the one who was called out by other girls and beaten up by the boys in the school ya...

A Huge Number Of University Grads Don't Hit Basic Benchmark For Literacy

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada Living

About a quarter of Canadian university graduates don't hit a basic literacy benchmark, according to recent data. A study that evaluates adult lite...

Family Literacy Is for the Grown-Ups Too

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative held across Canada every year on January 27. Its goal is to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Literacy Doesn't Mean What You Think

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

A quick search of web-based resources yielded 17 different types of subject-related literacy, but these initiatives are really more about promoting general awareness and knowledge of a specific subject area than they are about literacy as a foundational skill.

Parent To Parent: How To Get Your Kids To Read

Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living

There are so many important reasons why your child should become an avid reader, but the real question is: When reading seems about as fun as eating b...

Vancouver's City-Wide Book Drive has Begun

Cory Ashworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Cory Ashworth

A Good Book Drive inspires Vancouverites to donate a new copy of their favourite kids' book with the next generation of readers. The second annual drive aims to collect 3,000 books by the end of the month for the Frontier College Waiting Room Literacy Pilot project.

Happy Birthday to a Woman of Honour

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Mrs. Maryon Pearson, famously witty wife of Canada's 14th Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Lester B. Pearson, once said: "Behind every successful man, stands a surprised woman." Mrs. Pearson disliked politics and the demands public service placed on her husband and family. I wish she could have met my wife.

Big Data Release on Adult Literacy and Skills Just Around the Corner

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Next week, Canada and the rest of the world will get a first glimpse at substantial new data on adult literacy and skills. Employers identify the skills shortage as a key business challenge and a barrier to Canada's competitiveness in world markets.

Does Your Workplace Have a "Learning Culture"?

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 11.21.2013 | Canada
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Canadians of all ages go back to school in September, but learning that takes place outside the classroom is increasingly being recognized as a key factor for a thriving economy and a fulfilling life.

How Literacy Has Evolved in Canada

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

International Literacy Day has been celebrated on September 8 since 1966. The aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies around the world. It's also an opportunity to reflect on how far we've come, and where we need to go next.

How I'm Working With First Nations in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Hon. David C. Onley

Living conditions on some reserves are now so dismal that they are routinely likened to those of the Third World. Needless to say, youth literacy and education have not thrived in this environment. Working together will not only hasten progress, but elevate the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Ontario to a new level of friendship and respect.

Stories of My Life: Sharing Aboriginal Experiences Through the Written Word

Waubgeshig Rice | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada
Waubgeshig Rice

We learned about who we were as First Nations children in Canada through traditional storytelling. Now, strong First Nations storytellers have turned to the written word in recent decades to share their experiences.The spoken word kept our culture alive, and the written word further bolsters it.

Less Stress, Stronger Communities: Why We Can't Afford NOT To Read

Julie Wilson | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Julie Wilson

Reading is among the last truly subversive acts we can perform, time spent in our own minds, active and imaginative, alone with our emotions, judgments, and dreams, where no one can reach us. Yet frequent readers are also more likely to participate in community and to trust the people in that community.

Celebrating Aboriginal Literacy and Learning

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

National Aboriginal Day, June 21, is a day of recognition that celebrates the cultures and contributions of Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. In celebration, here are a few key points about literacy and essential skills that have broad application in supporting better outcomes for First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Curing Poverty With Curiosity

John F. Gray | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Our cultural lore suggests that curiosity may claim the lives of a few cats. Moving from lore to a distinct possibility, we really should add poverty to that list. Connecting their theme "Stay Curious" the 2013 Projecting Change Film Festival, is pushing forward the conversation that can't be ignored. Closing the festival with a showing of Girl Rising, the vital importance of educating women around the world lit up the screen. Learning is about staying curious. Education is a key to curing poverty.

Adult Learners' Week 2013: Never Stop Learning

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Adult Learners' Week is celebrated in Canada every year. April 6 to 14, 2013 provides a focal point to consider the importance of lifelong learning and recognize the achievements of Canadian adult learners.

Supporting Literacy Would Be the Best Investment Jim Flaherty Could Make

Lindsay L. Kennedy | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Lindsay L. Kennedy

Raising the literacy and essential skills level of the Canadian workforce is a strategic investment with an enormous potential payoff -- not the "endless spending to increase deficits" that Minister Flaherty wishes to avoid. Canada simply cannot afford to neglect our human infrastructure.

Bookworms Unite — Canada Rocks Out On Reading With A National Campaign

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.13.2012 | Canada Living

Canada, we want to know what you're reading. Well, not us, specifically, but a whole campaign that's aiming to get the country reading. With the la...

Women Can Have it All, Soon as We Change the Game

Barbara Stegemann | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Living
Barbara Stegemann

We are shifting out of the patriarchy. The old model built for men does not work for us women as we read in Anne-Marie Slaughter's piece, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All." I admire Slaughter. Except there is one major difference that allows me to have it all; I am a Social Entrepreneur. I don't take this for granted and invite women to design the world they wish to live in.

Get Your Kids Reading By Reading This Blog!

Zein Odeh | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Zein Odeh

Literacy paves the way for endless opportunities. It is a skill most of us take for granted, despite how fundamental it is to our daily lives. Both educators and parents play a key role in helping children become successful readers. Here are some tips on how to help get your kids reading!

The Shocking Contributor To Crime in Canada

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

After passing out from a cocktail of pills, Sally awoke to find a friend dead beside her. She knew she had to change. She was only 15. Illiteracy is a common thread in the stories of troubled Aboriginal youth like Sally. Experts want to change the way Canada thinks about youth delinquency. The solution, they say, starts with reading and writing.

Worried About Wasting Time On Twitter? Don't Be, Says Margaret Atwood

CBC | Posted 02.04.2012 | Canada Living

Rather than turn our noses up at Twitter, we should celebrate it and the internet as new platforms for instant communication and as driver...

Pakistan and India: A Tale of Two Children

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 12.24.2011 | Canada
Hina P. Ansari

It's classic Bollywood: mother gives up two sons, one becomes a cop/top industrialist, the other ends up embracing the life of crime as a gangster/con man. So here we have two nations, India and Pakistan born in 1947: one finds their way into enviable success, while the other struggles in the deep waters of corruption.