The recommendations in this research report provide for a broad range of concrete activities. Implementing these recommendations would provide meaningful and much–needed support to Aboriginal literacy.
The Early Childhood Development Framework for Action
The Early Childhood Development Framework for Action, a joint ECE and Health and Social Services initiative, includes early learning and family literacy as key goals in its action plan. To help achieve these goals, the NWT Literacy Council received funding to develop and deliver family literacy training, and to oversee community family literacy projects. We have also developed family learning kits for the families of pre–schoolers to help children get ready for school. The kits include Aboriginal language books. This project helps families bridge the gap between different literacies. Initial feedback from those families that have received family learning kits has been extremely positive. Both short–term and longer–term evaluation tools are included as part of this process. These tools will be important in helping us determine the impact of such early literacy interventions.
As part of this early childhood initiative, ECE is doing research on language nests, or pre–school immersion programs. Their goal is to try to combine child and adult language acquisition, and their plan is to pilot–test some models in selected communities later this year. Aboriginal literacy, and how best to support it, will be a critical success factor for language nests.
Revitalizing, Enhancing, and Promoting Aboriginal Languages Strategies for Supporting Aboriginal Languages
Recently ECE released its Aboriginal language strategy, Revitalizing, Enhancing, and Promoting Aboriginal Languages Strategies for Supporting Aboriginal Languages. The four goals of this project include:
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