Ktaamgwedaagwad Gindaaswin-Adult Learning Centre – Literacy and Basic Skills Program

Literacy and Basic Skills is an Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Program. 5 paths: employment, post-secondary education, secondary school program, trades (apprenticeships), or being more prepared for the above. Literacy and Basic Skills serves as a bridge program for future employment or education.

Our approach to delivering the program is focused on kindling an interest in learning, giving learners a meaningful program experience, and drawing from strengths-based learning. We provide opportunities to explore the education and employment options that exist locally – we had a Mentorship in horticulture that allowed students to learn more about the industry, which is active in our region.

To show the learners what’s available in their community, we have to take a look at the jobs, trades, and agreements in our territory. We have to be a part of the existing economic and financial conversations that are happening and be aware of the emerging trends in our area to successfully pull off an ecosystem approach to literacy and basic skills. The program is a community-led initiative of nation-building in our own First Nation.

LBS program is delivered on reserve with a targeted culturally sensitive approach. We take into account the 5 goal pathways and dismantle approaches that haven’t been successful for our clients’ education or employment. We tailor LES development to be successful for clients whether they are on or off reserve – we want people to buy in and champion their own learning.

The program services 19+ year-olds. We focus on members of our own nation, but everyone is welcome.

Location Ontario
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Joss Ann Russell-Taylor, Ktaamgwedaagwad Gindaaswin-Adult Learning Centre
67 Community Centre Road Neyaashiinigmiing, ON N0h 2T0

Project Details
Community Reserve community
Scope of Project Provincial / Territorial, Regional, Local
Target Audience First Nations, Youth (15-30 yrs), Adults (31-49 yrs), Older workers (50+ yrs)