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January 20, 2016

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

Program Funding 2015
Final report deadline
January 22, 2016

IFL workshops
February 10 & 24, 2016

Life Of Learning Awards
Nomination deadline
February 14, 2016

Annual General Meeting
& LOLA Event

April 21, 2016

Professional Development - sign up today!!

The Integrated Foundational Learning (IFL) program is for instructors and facilitators of adult learning. The program trains educators how to recognize and address the learning needs of participants who learn at a foundational level. 

February 10, 2016
  • AM: introduction to facilitation
  • PM: advanced facilitation
February 24, 2016
  • AM: plain language
  • PM: evaluation
Location: CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Pl NE, Calgary
Register today!!

The cost for attending the workshops are $20 per workshop for members or $30 per workshop for non-members.

Sign up for all 4 workshops and your organization will be eligible to apply for a mentorship at no cost. 
This IFL program is made possible through the generous support of


The Life Of Learning Awards (The LOLAs)

Tell Us Who You Love!!
February 14 is Valentine's Day. It is also the last day to nominate someone for our Life Of Learning Awards!! Let us know by then who you love. An outstanding adult learner? An exceptional facilitator? Is there a learning program or project out there that deserve extra recognition? How about an extra-ordinary funder? Click HERE for full details on each of the awards. 

We have highlighted our 2015 LOLA recipients in our previous newsletters. You can check the complete list of recipients and hopefully when you read the stories, you will be inspired and think of somebody you'd like to nominate.

We're looking for Board Members

Have you considered joining the talented, dynamic and committed individuals who currently make up our board? Click HERE to find out more about this opportunity.

The Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI)

by Monique Fry, Aboriginal Liaison, Calgary Learns
Some of you may have been familiar with this community driven umbrella organization which had been in operation for 16 years. CUAI was not a service delivery agency, a government department, a funding body, or a not-for-profit. CUAI was a true collaborative, and its function was to engage community members, stakeholders and government around common goals.

The Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI) grew out of Removing Barriers: A Listening Circle, a multi-phase, qualitative, community-based research initiative that took place in Calgary in 1999. Removing Barriers: A Listening Circle engaged Aboriginal Calgarians in identifying barriers to service and systems access in Calgary, and, together with other stakeholders, vision solutions and recommendations.

CUAI was a partnership initiative that aimed to support and enhance work across and between eight Domain groups by engaging broad bases of stakeholders in order to affect real and sustainable advances for urban Aboriginal people in Calgary. 
In July 2015, CUAI announced that due to a lack of operational funding the organization would cease operations as of December 31, 2015. This was a huge disappointment to those of us who had been involved with CUAI over the years. Personally, I started with CUAI as a volunteer on the Employment Domain while doing my undergraduate degree. My commitment and loyalty to the organization was rooted in the faith that I had for the role it played in community. I eventually ended up taking a position as a Community Liaison for nearly four years, and then again sitting on both the Education and Funders Domains this past year when I joined Calgary Learns. 

Calgary Learns has a long history with CUAI thanks to ongoing relationship building fostered by Jeannie in an effort to reach those Indigenous learners and programs that serve them. Jeannie and Nancy both ensured that they had a seat at the tables of CUAI to remain connected and learn the needs and celebrate the successes of the community. With assistance from the Executive Director of CUAI, Christy Morgan, the eventual creation of my role as Liaison here at Calgary Learns was implemented to support grants for programs and agencies that serve Indigenous learners.
In December 2015, the CUAI bundle was transferred to the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness (ASCHH) to hold in trust via a transfer ceremony. This informational bundle holds the history of CUAI and community mandates. The former CUAI Domains remain connected to this bundle and the ASCHH as the bundle holder. Further discussions and planning on the bundle and Domains with be hosted over the 2016 year with partners.

I am still involved in the work that blossomed out of CUAI and there are a number of dedicated community volunteers that are determined to continue to move forward with their action plans. The Education Domain has now taken on the new name of Calgary Indigenous Learners Domain and they meet the first Friday of every month at St. Mary’s University from 9-11am. This Domain is open to anyone interested in attending. 

The guiding principle is: 
Bringing community together to create and celebrate successes for all Indigenous learners throughout their lives.

Currently there are 3 priority areas that make up the action plan, however we are working on a 4th to include Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge.
  1. Members of Calgary’s Indigenous community are supportive and actively involved in Education. 
  2. Indigenous learners at the foundational level have the tools and programs they need for their own success.
  3. Educators in Calgary provide a welcoming and knowledgeable learning environment to enable Indigenous people of all ages to succeed in their education.
If you would like to stay informed or want to come to a meeting to see if it is a fit for your work please email us at We are currently working on planning a quarterly event for the Spring.

The Funders Domain has now changed its name to the Calgary Urban Indigenous Funders Domain. This Domain is only open to funding entities who provide funding for programs/services. This group of Calgary based funders that support Indigenous programs meet quarterly and is followed by a meeting of provincial funders. If you are a funder, or know someone that should be invited please contact Jason Bates at

If you would like to stay connected to some of the other Domain work, please check out the new facebook page hosted by the Calgary Urban Indigenous Peoples Justice Domain: 
This group page is also a great place to post community events!

Hope to see you out and about in the community, where everyone is welcome!

Are we knocking at your door? Before you panic… please read

As part of our role here at Calgary Learns, we want to advocate for programs in our community and as you know, the best way we can do this is to see programs in action. Every funded program will be visited by a member of the Calgary Learns team to allow us to experience the wonderful work that you do. Therefore, do not stress when we contact you to make an appointment.  We want to see a typical class and have the opportunity to chat with instructors about successes and challenges, and talk to a few learners about their experiences. These visits are a highlight of our day!

Office space for rent

Calgary Learns has 240 square feet of space it wants to sublease. The space is self-contained and has its own entrance off of the second floor hallway but is attached to our office.
We would prefer to rent to a charity or nonprofit but will consider private companies as well.
The rent is $650 per month and we require a $650 deposit as well. Our office is near 17 Avenue and 14 Street SW. If you would like more information please contact Nicky Peeters at 403 266-6444 ext. 3 or
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