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Literacy Matters: Unlocking the Literacy Potential of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

TD Economics carries out Aboriginal-related research to raise awareness of issues faced by Aboriginal peoples, businesses, and communities. This paper is the fourth in a series on literacy outcomes of Aboriginal peoples. The paper uses International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS) data to understand the literacy skills of Aboriginal Canadians. They report that 60% of the Aboriginal population is unable to understand and use the information around them. The literacy level of many Aboriginal adults makes it harder to get jobs that require higher literacy skills, meaning lower employment and wages for Aboriginal people. As the Canadian economy becomes more knowledge-intensive, Aboriginal peoples with low literacy will find it harder to compete in the labour market, resulting in further marginalization. For Aboriginal individuals and communities, there are many barriers to improving literacy skills. However, the report identifies many success factors in literacy-related programs and services. All Canadians stand to benefit from improved literacy proficiency. Recommended best practices to promote stronger literacy skills among Aboriginal people include engaging,making Aboriginal students feel valued, incorporating Aboriginal approaches to learning into the curriculum, increasing access and funding for literacy programs for Aboriginal peoples in rural areas, and increasing teacher support and training.

Author: Gulati, Sonya
Title of Work: Literacy Matters: Unlocking the Literacy Potential of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
Date: 2013
Organization: TD Economics
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Topic: Indigenous peoples & People with literacy barriers
Location of Authoring Organization by Country: Canada
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Availability: Full report online
Language: English