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March 1, 2016

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


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Mark Your Calendar

Calgary Learns Celebrates
April 21, 2016
Fort Calgary

Initiative Funding deadline
June 1, 2016

Calgary Learns casino
July 27 & 28, 2016

Initiative Funding 2016

Spring is in the air - a time to reflect on your past projects or programs and bring forward your visions for a new pilot or initiative that will support and enhance emerging learning needs and new approaches in adult foundational learning. The funding call will open March 2016, with proposals due on June 1st, 2016.
  • Initiative funding supports one-time projects to a grant maximum of $20,000
  • Projects must demonstrate community need and an innovative response
  • Initiative funding in both the Main and Indigenous stream will be accepted 
  • Piloted learning opportunities must be non-credit and part-time
  • Learners in piloted learning opportunities must have financial barriers
Please remember to connect with Jeannie or Monique before applying!

Calgary Learns Celebrates ... and YOU are invited!!


WHEN: April 21, 2016
WHERE: Fort Calgary, 750 – 9 Avenue SE

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1 – 2:30 PM    Indigenous Adult Literacy
  • PART I: David Bouchard will speak to the reality of Indigenous chances in the current educational situation, from the curriculum to evaluation, centered on one’s ability to read. Until today, Indigenous students have been at a crippling disadvantage. With the TRC, things can and should improve.
  • PART II: Investing in Indigenous Literacy and Foundational Learning for Indigenous Adults. We know that services and programs allocated to the Indigenous community are not always delivered in culturally meaningful and defined ways. The approaches to learning are different among Indigenous people, and the lack of literacy impacts individuals and families in the long term on multiple levels. Our overall learning objectives are to develop a culturally relevant model of “literacy” for Indigenous people; ensure that future-funded programs are delivering relevant, authentic and effective programs that address historical impacts; and co-create an investment strategy that is culturally and socially relevant which also meets the funding requirements of Calgary Learns.
  • PART III: Q&A and feedback from the audience

3 – 3:30 PM    Annual General Meeting
Hear about our year, elect our new Board, eat delicious food, mingle with your community!

4 – 6 PM    The LOLAs (The Life Of Learning Awards)
Keynote speaker: David Bouchard, who will talk about his work life as a Métis author and his dream of creating books in the Indigenous languages.

The LOLAs celebrate and honour the contributions and accomplishments in Calgary’s adult learning field. The LOLAs are presented to outstanding educators, programs, supporters and learners to recognize their dedication and spirit. They highlight the value of foundational learning and the differences education makes in our community.

Indigenous Literacy

by Monique Fry, Indigenous Liaison, Calgary Learns

Part of my role with Calgary Learns is to support an Indigenous “strategy” that will enhance a network geared to Indigenous Literacy. The granting process is one way to achieve this, building relationships is another. When I put the call out for our first targeted Initiative grants, I challenged agencies and programs to think outside the “literacy box”. We wanted to see proposals that were truly innovative - that got to the heart of a holistic program or pilot that would meet the unique needs of Indigenous learners. Key elements that the first Indigenous review team looked for were those proposals that began with a foundation that was designed with an Indigenous perspective; to be delivered, taught and evaluated with an Indigenous perspective from an Indigenous worldview. There are a few great programs and agencies that work with Indigenous learners and really understand where they are coming from- we want to strengthen this community and build up the capacity of an Indigenous literacy network. When we reviewed proposals we wanted to see how intentional their inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and culture were AND that they stay true to the mandate of increasing literacy and building essential skills.

We have so far funded a variety of initiatives with the targeted dollars, including pilots, programs, and special research projects. For a full list of programs funded to date, please check out our website.

I would like to take the time here to highlight a new Special Research Project that we have funded with Métis Calgary Family Services (MCFS):

Creation of an Investment Strategy & Framework to Guide Calgary Learns Indigenous Literacy (Literacy & Foundational Learning for Indigenous Adults)

MCFS with a team of Indigenous researchers will develop an investment strategy and framework with tangible tools and indicators against which assessment of future Calgary Learns (CL) proposals may be measured. This will assist CL to attract, assess and fund effective and culturally relevant programs with real social and learning impact. The following components will be examined and included:
  1. The intersection and impact of past policies of assimilation and colonization in educational learning overall among contemporary Indigenous people
  2. Reasons behind lower literacy rates, examined from the context of Indigenous perspectives, delivery mechanisms, and best practices
  3. Creation of investment frameworks and tools that integrate principles of reconciliation and Indigenous methodologies of healing, reconciliation and resurgence as tools for success
  4. Develop direction for CL in partnership with current players in literacy field (co-creation in strategy and relationship) for organizations that build capacity towards Indigenous programming
  5. Develop the tools that enables CL that assists them to build capacity with current players in the field; definitions
We look forward to keeping you in the loop on this project and in order to best facilitate that this project will be presenting at a special session to occur immediately before the LOLA AGM. This special presentation will also include an Indigenous literacy focused session with our Keynote Guest David Bouchard. David is a renowned Métis author, advocate of literacy and member of the Order of Canada. Make sure you sign up to not miss this year’s fabulous event!

Volunteers needed - Casino

Dear Calgary Learns members, supporters and partners,

Calgary Learns is holding a fundraising Casino on Wednesday July 27 and Thursday July 28, 2016 at Cowboys Casino. The proceeds from the Casino help Calgary Learns further support the Adult Foundational Learning Community.

We need several volunteers to fill day & night shifts on both days. If you are able to donate your time, please click HERE to volunteer. If you have any questions or concerns, email Nicky

Thank you in advance!!
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