Katkwenyes (meaning succeed) is an Ontario literacy and basic skills upgrading program dedicated to providing a safe and culturally appropriate environment geared toward Indigenous adult learners 19 years of age and older.
Participants must self-identify as Indigenous and be working towards one or more 5 goal paths (transition to Independence, High-School Credit, Post-Secondary, Employment and/or Apprenticeship). Each learner, regardless of their goal path, receives the same five services as supported by the Ontario Adult Literacy Curriculum Framework.:
• Information and Referral
• Learner Plan Development
Upon entry to the program, learners work with staff to identify their learning needs. Based on their identify needs and Goal Path they complete a skills assessment process which leads to the development of an individualized Learning Plan. (ILP)
Learners attend daily classes Monday-Thursday. Monday-Wednesday from 9:30-3:30 pm they work independently on individually designed programming associated with their ILP with the support of a Literacy instructor. Every Thursday learners receive one-on-one- tutoring to ensure their progress and assist in their skills development.
In addition Katkwenyes provides cultural workshops including Cultural crafts and the Scared Grandfathers’ teaching. Learners also participate in cultural events held at the Friendship Centre including the Youth & Elders Conference, Pow –Wows & Socials.
Ashley Upper, Katkwenyes Coordinator, Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre
905-871-8931 Ext: 237
796 Buffalo Rd, Fort Erie, ON L2A-5H2