Here are some things that we need to do to position ourselves to make longer–term changes.
||A framework for change
- Examine how we currently make decisions to find a mechanism that would
members of Aboriginal language communities in decision-making for Aboriginal
literacy projects. (For example, we may have to establish a new structure
that allows for
an Aboriginal Literacy Advisory Committee or working group.)
Develop a vision and long-term plan for work in Aboriginal literacy.
Identify projects in Aboriginal literacy that build capacity at the family/
Establish a research agenda that includes research on multiple literacies
to help us better
understand what they are, the impact on learning, how they are related,
the impact of
mismatches between different kinds of literacies, and strategies for dealing
Establish a list of possible pilot-projects or joint projects that might
evolve from our
research, like identifying and sharing information on best practices for
Begin to develop partnerships with academic institutions that would support
Develop a definition of ‘literacy’ that is inclusive, that
recognizes and values different
literacies in the NWT.
- Examine our approach to training to reflect our findings on different
- Identify additional training we might develop and
Experiment with forms of media, other than print, particularly multimedia
interactive forms of media, to produce resources that support oral literacy,
literacies, and multiple languages, that we can then share with other people.
Explore ways to build capacity in publishing.
|Promotion & public awareness
- Identify ways to actively promote the use of Aboriginal languages.
- Model the use of Aboriginal languages in our promotional material to show
value Aboriginal literacies. (This requires identifying sources of additional
support the development of materials in Aboriginal languages.)
- Identify and priorize advocacy issues specific to Aboriginal
literacy, and continue our
work in this area.