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February 16, 2016

Connecting our Adult Learning & Literacy Community


In This Issue

Mark Your Calendar

IFL workshops
February 24, 2016

Annual General Meeting
& LOLA Event

April 21, 2016

Calgary Learns casino
July 27 & 28, 2016

Professional Development - a few more spots available

On February 10 Terri Peters presented the first round of IFL* workshops: introduction to facilitation and advanced facilitation.
Next week, on February 24, the second part will be presented: plain language & evaluation. There is no need to have taken the previous round, as these 2 workshops stand alone. If you are interested, register today!!

The cost for attending the workshops are $20 per workshop for members or $30 per workshop for non-members. Location: CNIB, 15 Colonel Baker Pl NE, Calgary

Sign up for all 4 workshops and your organization will be eligible to apply for a mentorship at no cost. 

(*) 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. 
This IFL program is made possible through the generous support of


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!!

Featured Resource: Census 2016 Adult Education Kit

The 2016 Census Adult Education Kit has been developed for use in adult literacy and English- or French-as-a-second-language (ESL or FSL) classes across the country. All activities are classroom-ready.

The kit contains five activities that provide opportunities for listening, speaking, reading and writing. The activities help students to become familiar with the Census of Population, and to gain an understanding of how the census works and how information obtained through the census is used.

Students will learn where to find information when they are completing the census questionnaire, and will gain experience with important vocabulary.

The best time to incorporate the Adult Education Kit into your curriculum is in May 2016, when the Census of Population and the Census of Agriculture are being conducted across the country. However, activities can be added to classroom studies throughout the year.

To download the individual activity guides, just go to

What's in a name?

by Monique Fry, Aboriginal Liaison, Calgary Learns
We have had discussions around our staff meeting tables lately on the topic of using the term Indigenous or Aboriginal. There have many contributing factors to this being atop of our minds- the recent changes in both provincial and federal governments and the official calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are among the key points. As an Indigenous academic, I recognize that most prominent scholars that I aspire to, have been using Indigenous for a while. 

I understand that this topic may frustrate some - how confusing to not know if you are using the right terminology. Imagine how frustrating it is for those of us who had no choice what to be called? To me Indigenous is unifying, respectful and ensures that there is an understanding of being unique to a certain place. It ties our roots to the land that our ancestors have been a part of since time immemorial. It is always the best practice to refer to people from their direct place of origin - example I am from Cheam Band, Pilalt Tribe, Sto: Lo Nation. 

Keeping in mind that our work at Calgary Learns is to support the distribution of the Aboriginal Literacy and Foundational Learning grant from the Minister of Advanced Education, we will be using the term Indigenous in place of Aboriginal for all future materials. Once I have used up all my old cards, my title will become Indigenous Liaison. This is a conscious choice that all levels of our staff team and Board of Directors support. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at .

Here is a great article from a blog by Bob Joseph who conducts various workshops with corporate and industry partners:  As you can see, the times are a changing across the board. 

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