As guests, the Literacy Victoria Board of Directors and staff are very thankful to live, work and learn within the sacred traditional territories of the Coast Salish people of the Esquimalt, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum and T’Souke Nations.
The Aboriginal Learning Program is comprised of two components: the Aboriginal Tutor Training Program and the Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills Pilot Project. These learner-centered programs utilized the approach and philosophy of other Literacy Victoria programs, yet also reflect and respect Aboriginal resources and ways of knowing.
The Aboriginal Tutor Training Program—a train-the-trainer model that built community capacity for tutoring in Aboriginal communities, particularly on-reserve First Nations communities. From 2006—2011, this program was funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education (Government of British Columbia).
The Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) Pilot Project—a three year community-based pilot project assisting First Nations communities on southern Vancouver Island and their citizens in developing a learning vision and set of pathways that are culturally relevant and reflective of customized literacy and essential skills needs, interests and priorities. Funding for the ALES Pilot Project was provided by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Government of Canada). This project was completed in February 2013, and the ALES Pilot Project Final Report and other resources are available online (click the "Read more" section below).
For information on resources in developing similar learning programs in Aboriginal communities, please call us at 250.381.3755 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you/Hych'ke/Huy ch q'u
Document: Saskatchewan Literacy Network and Saskatchewan Advanced Education and Employment (2006). The circle of learning: Saskatchewan adult literacy benchmarks levels 1 and 2. Saskatoon, SK: Author.
Document: Empowering the Spirit, Ensuring Survival (Ontario Native Literacy Coalition, 2003)
Document: Students on the Move: Ways to Address the Impact of Mobility among Aboriginal Student (Canadian Council on Learning, 2008)
Report: Dorpat Halverson, J. (2011). Walking in two worlds: Living an animistic spiritual worldview in the western United States. Doctor of Psychology Dissertation. Seattle, WA: Antioch University Seattle.