Just had a visit to this site and couldn’t leave. is vibrating with ideas and energy to support, cultivate and regenerate cree literacy. New books, symposia, language apps, technology debates, commentaries on vocabulary and spelling, fluency and translation, revitalization, guest speakers….



Once again, OLES lapses millions of dollars targeted for literacy and essential skills

These pieces by Brigid Hayes are astounding. Join the movement to write your MP to share how your community could have used some of the $9 million for adult literacy that OLES left on the table in 2016-2017. And ask why none of what was spent made it west of Manitoba. Source: Once again, OLES lapses millions of dollars targeted for literacy and essential skills and


A new mandate for this blog?

In 2014 this blog was created as a collaboratively authored effort by educators-researchers  in the adult education field in British Columbia with the aim ‘to gather and share information about the social, economic and educational consequences of ABE tuition policy and other changes to adult education policy in BC.’ Now that the tuition fees are no more, do we want to set new goals for this blog? What might these be? Recent posts offer some inspiration: Rich research that pushes literacy and basic education research and practice along, timely reports from the field, new policy insights and ideas, a place to share information. Perhaps too a place to share experiences of decolonizing adult literacy and basic education? What else?

Literacy PEI Executive Director tells it like it is

“Executive director Amanda Beazley does not mince words in a letter sent to all Atlantic premiers, MPs, senators and media” following news that the Federal Government is cutting core funding to adult literacy programs in that province.–literacy-alliance-calling-on-politicians-to-back-essentia.html

Literacy Nova Scotia International Literacy Day statement

The Federal Government has expressed a desire to support skills training and digital literacy for Canadians in the face of increased automation and AI, and in the interest of equity as the digital society intensifies. In this latest post from her blog ‘As I was saying’ Brigid Hayes wonders why the Federal Government is cutting funding to the very programs that do this work?

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Below is a news release from Literacy Nova Scotia outlining the dire situation facing literacy programs and coalitions.

For Immediate Release: International Literacy Day 2017

Friday September 8, 2017 is International Literacy Day, a time to acknowledge the importance of education, learning and skill development in a rapidly evolving world. Adult literacy programs are vital to Canadians who try to build better lives for themselves and their families. Workers need these programs to gain the essential skills required to participate in our increasingly digital economy. Family literacy programs support skill-building opportunities for children while encouraging essential skill development for parents.

To simply cut funding off to literacy programs doesn’t make economic or moral sense, but that is exactly what is happening. The four Atlantic Literacy Coalitions requested $600,000 – $150,000 of funding for core programs for each, but were denied. The result is that the PEI Literacy Alliance, the long-running…

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Protecting and rebuilding Canada’s adult literacy resources and collections

I am working on a project that tells the story of NALD/COPIAN and the fate of adult literacy collections in the wake of cuts to national and provincial literacy programs in recent years. This work has brought me into contact with people and organizations who are working to protect these resources from the virtual/actual recycling bin.

One of these is Learning in Solidarity, a book as well as a website hosted by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). Visit their adult literacy timeline for a primer on Canada’s history of adult and worker education, or their resources for setting up a worker centred literacy program. The book and website are the products of collective knowledge from 25 years of adult literacy programming within the labour movement, with relevance to many other literacy sectors and settings.

Do you know of other efforts to save the stories of adult literacy work in Canada? Please feel free to post to this blog, or to contact Suzanne Smythe directly.