Category Archives: Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Policy

A national resource – COPIAN

For more than 25 years, anyone interested in resources related to adult literacy could consult the extensive library of NALD, later called COPIAN. This online database held hundreds of thousands of documents – research papers, curricula, project reports, conference proceedings. … Continue reading

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Remembering Glenda Lewe

I would like to acknowledge the passing of Glenda Lewe, an early pioneer in the field of workplace literacy in Canada. I first met Glenda in 1984 when she worked at Secretary of State where I also worked. She wrote … Continue reading

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Senate Bill – Essential Skills Week

Last week, Senator Diane Bellemare introduced a bill entitled “An Act to establish Promotion of Essential Skills Learning Week” (Bill S254) in the Senate where it received 2nd reading. The bill will now go to committee for discussion. You can … Continue reading

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“The right to develop the literacy and essential skills…”

In a recent post, I mentioned the “Bradshaw Report” which outlined a pan-Canadian Literacy Strategy. Since I hadn’t looked at the report in a while, I decided to pull it up and see if it is still applicable today. Here’s … Continue reading

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Christine Featherstone, literacy advocate

The literacy field lost an advocate earlier this week. Christine Featherstone passed away on Monday October 15, 2018. Chris was the President of ABC Canada Literacy Foundation (as it was then called) from 2000 to 2006. She was a member … Continue reading

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Literacy & Numeracy recognized in Poverty Reduction Strategy

On August 21, 2018, Jean-Yves Dulcos, Minister of Families Children and Social Development, released Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy / Une chance pour tous : la première Stratégie canadienne de réduction de la pauvreté. This document is … Continue reading

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Literacy and Essential Skills in Official Language Minority Communities

Several months ago, a significant report on literacy and essential skills in official language minority communities was released. The comprehensive report entitled « Développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences essentielles (DACE) dans les communautés de langue officielle en situation minoritaire (CLOSM) »/“Literacy … Continue reading

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