M’Chigeeng launches early literacy program

January 13, 2016

M’Chigeeng First Nation’s Lakeview School is the first to officially launch the Confident Learners program, a literacy initiative designed for Indigenous youth in kindergarten to grade three. The program combines Indigenous ways of knowing with the science of literacy skill development to provide a variety of learning opportunities that are grounded in Indigenous culture. The initiative also provides educators with access to professional development opportunities and a family/community literacy component to support school-based efforts. Confident Learners was developed by Douglas Willms, Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development at the University of New Brunswick, in partnership with Lakeview School. The program began to be implemented two years ago at Lakeview; so far, 32 schools have plans to implement Confident Learners with four launching this year. Anishnabek News | Manitoulin Expositor | Confident Learners Website