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New online resource to enhance Aboriginal cultural awareness

Members of the Aboriginal Family Literacy Circle (AFLC), comprised of service providers who support literacy across Hastings-Prince Edward and Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington, have decided to expand the promotion of cultural awareness in this area.

In past years, the AFLC received funds from the HPE Children and Youth Services Network and KFL&A Children and Youth Services Planning Committee to offer “Come Walk in my Moccasins”. In year one, Aboriginal teachings were shared with children, family members and child care professionals through stories, food and activities. In year two, a half-day training event, facilitated by Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and Metis Nation representatives, was offered at the Frink Centre to 20 teachers and licenced child care professionals, focusing on Aboriginal teachings through art and nature.  The objective was for participants to take the information and strategies back for implementation in their classrooms.

The AFLC is now planning to utilize Hastings-Prince Edward Aboriginal Engagement dollars from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to pilot a monthly on-line newsletter from January to June 2014, featuring audio and video clips about books, new words in various first nations’ languages, medicine wheel directions, teachings of the Seven Grandfathers, events and links to resources.

Please watch for news about the upcoming launch of the “Come Walk in my Mocassins” on-line resource for early learning educators.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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