From 2001 to 2005, out of a total $2.4 million a year, $300,000 is available through the strategy specifically for official languages literacy. Other portions of the literacy strategy funding, such as that for seniors' or elders' literacy, may also be used to support Aboriginal language literacy activities.
The $300,000 is part of the $7.1 million the GNWT allocated for Aboriginal language work for 2001–2002 (see Section 4.2). During 2001–2002, the general public could access this 'pot of money'. However, ECE has indicated in discussions with us that it will be allocating the money in a different way this year: along with their other funding, each Aboriginal language community will receive $30,000 from this 'pot'. The department will use the rest to fund internal projects. Last year, we received some of this money—it was one of the few pots of money available to community organizations to support Aboriginal literacy. This year, however, there is some doubt about whether that money will be available to the general public, leaving organizations like ours with even fewer sources of funding for Aboriginal literacy work. Yet the strategy lists us as a partner in helping achieve these objectives.
A Long–Term Plan 2001–2006 Regarding the Role of Education, Culture and Employment in Aboriginal Languages Literacy in the Northwest Territories
To support the literacy strategy, Harnum & Associates developed a long–term plan to help the government define its role in supporting Aboriginal languages and literacy. It suggests that increasing literacy rates will depend on a wide variety of activities in the following areas, not just on literacy classes.
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