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Empowering People & Building Competent Communities

George, Priscilla
June 4, 2015

Source: (1994) Chapter 15. In Jean-Paul Hautecoeur, ed., Alpha 94: Literacy and Cultural Development Strategies in Rural Areas. Toronto, Canada: Culture Concepts.

Among Aboriginal peoples in Ontario, Canada, literacy is a process involving not only individuals but also the whole community. Literacy, then, leads to development, empowerment, and self-determination for both individuals and communities. More specifically, community-based Aboriginal literacy programs provide benefits for individuals and communities that are economic, political, social, cultural, and educational. In this context, Priscilla George explores Aboriginal literacy efforts in Ontario. She looks at Aboriginal self-government, language issues, education and culture, and the work of the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition


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