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<h2>25th Anniversary</h2><div class="caption"><div>1989-2014: Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding this year.</div><br />
</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://copian.ca/25years">Help us celebrate our silver anniversary by sharing your thoughts and comments!&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>The First Nations, Inuit and Métis Essential Skills Inventory Project (FIMESIP) </h2><div class="caption">FIMESIP is a comprehensive inventory of Essential Skills initiatives aimed at First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.  The goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to Indigenous youth and adults in Canada and to share these insights with a larger community of practice.  </div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://www.fimesip.ca">Find out more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>World Book and Copyright Day</h2><div class="caption">Our goal is clear – to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://www.un.org/en/events/bookday/">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>CLA’s 69th National Conference and Trade Show</h2><div class="caption">CLA’s 69th National Conference and Trade Show will be an action-packed event with opportunities for education, edification, engagement and entertainment. The conference is fortunate to have a wide range of speakers, representing the library and information management community across Canada. </div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://cla.pwwebhost.com/conference/2014/">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a> <h2>Second Wind: The Evolving Nature of Retirement</h2><div class="caption">An online survey undertaken in May 2013 suggests that more than half of employees over the age of 50 want to continue working in some capacity after they reach the traditional retirement age of 65.</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://library.copian.ca/item/12540">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a>

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Celebrating 25 years of Copian: Canada's premier national adult literacy database

In 2014, adult literacy educators in Canada and other nations celebrate 25 years of service by Copian, formerly known as the National Adult Literacy Database (NALD).
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"The power of books to advance individual fulfilment and to create social change is unequalled. Intimate and yet deeply social, books provide far-reaching forms of dialogue between individuals, within communities and across time." -- Irina Bokova
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A commercial project of Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, the First Nations, Inuit and Métis ES Inventory Project (FIMESIP) website was designed to gain a better understanding of the state of practice with respect to Essential Skills initiatives tailored to First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth and adults living in diverse communities throughout Canada. An objective was also to share these insights and lessons learned with the larger community of practice.
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The number of job opportunities in Canada is shrinking, and the temporary foreign worker (TFW) program may be to blame, according to an overlooked comment in a recent report from the Parliamentary Budget Office. The report also suggests that one-quarter of new jobs in Canada could be going to temporary foreign workers.
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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, has announced a number of government initiatives that support the manufacturing industry in Canada during a roundtable with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). Through funding from the Government of Canada, the CME will create a regional network for employers, colleges and trainers to share labour market information.
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Minister Kenney talks jobs during tour of Grey Bruce region of Ontario

Employment Minister Jason Kenney visited the Bruce Power nuclear facility recently and applauded the company’s investments in employee training and apprenticeship to address the skills pressures in the nuclear industry. He also praised Bruce Power’s training centre and student internship programs.
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Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover has announced the appointment of Guy Berthiaume as Librarian and Archivist of Canada for a term of five years, effective June 23, 2014. Dr. Berthiaume has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec since 2009. Before this, he spent 30 years as a senior university administrator.
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Elevate: Testing new delivery models to better meet the needs of adults by  Essential Skills Ontario (2013)
This document describes a project designed to examine and test the effectiveness of workforce training models that integrate both job-specific skills and Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) in the food-processing industry. The goal is to create a clearer sightline between those who want to work and the employer who needs workers with specific skill sets.
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Alberta Reading Benchmarks - Sharing the Journey with Adult Indigenous Learners: A Teaching Reading Strategies Guide by Patricia Pryce (2013)
This guide is a teaching companion to the Alberta Reading Benchmarks (ARB). It explains the different benchmarks and how certain teaching strategies can be applied to help Aboriginal learners with their skills in reading English printed text. It suggests learning activities and outlines possible lesson progressions for levels which loosely correspond to Grades 1 to 9. The higher ARB levels are not addressed here because they are considered to be above the level of basic adult literacy.
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"Literacy provides the foundation for life-long learning and is essential to supporting our mandate centred on people, jobs and skills. Literacy opens doors to employment opportunities and enhances the quality of life for New Brunswickers. It is an important initial step in putting our best resources, our human resources, to work." -- Post-secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Jody Carr of New Brunswick
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Ontario issues progress reports for health and education

The Decoder - Decoda Literacy Solutions – April 2014

Brenda Le Clair is proud to announce that after months of hard work and input from our partners, friends and supporters, we have launched our re-branded and re-structured website. The new site has a modern look and feel, improved functionality and navigation, and it now features a robust donor section.
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Ontario issues progress reports for health and education

Literacy Express - Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN) – Winter 2013/14

This year CLLN developed a life-time achievement award to recognize individuals who have played key roles in the field of adult literacy education. We are honoured to announce that Ellen Szita, long-time CLLN board member and member of the organization’s learners group, is the first recipient of this award.
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Accessibility for Individual Service: Frontier College Customer Service Training Program by Frontier College (2012)
This training guide is designed to help an organization’s staff and volunteers find the best way to serve customers with disabilities. The term customer is defined broadly as someone who calls to inquire, walks in the door, or who deals with the organization on any given day.
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Best-Practice: Sexuality Education for Children and Youth with Physical Disabilities – Developing a Curriculum Based on Lived Experiences by Shaniff Esmail, Chelsea Krupa, Douglas MacNeill et al. (2010)
This document describes a project undertaken to develop guidelines for teaching sexual health education to children and youth with physical disabilities.
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The Link Between Essential Skills and Success in Apprenticeship Training - An Analysis of Selected Essential Skills Initiatives Across Canada – Final report by Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) (2007)
This report was prepared by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, a not-for-profit organization that promotes and supports the apprenticeship training and education systems in Canada.
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Minister of State (Finance) Kevin Sorenson has announced the appointment of Jane Rooney, a seasoned policy maker in domestic and international financial literacy issues, as Canada’s first-ever Financial Literacy Leader. The position was established through the Financial Literacy Leader Act in March 2013, thus implementing the top recommendation of the Task Force on Financial Literacy.
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Soaring tuition costs force students to work more hours: analysis

Many university students have to work double, triple and in some cases six times the number of hours in minimum-wage jobs to afford tuition costs compared to 40 years ago, according to Statistics Canada data analyzed by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
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A new report has confirmed that a large majority of college graduates continue to find jobs shortly after they graduate. The results show 83.4 per cent of college graduates found employment within six months of graduation.
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Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt gave a lunchtime speech at the Empire Club of Canada highlighting recent Government of Canada action to increase Aboriginal participation in the workforce. The Minister spoke of new approaches to education and skills development for Aboriginal people in Canada that, coupled with major investments in these areas, are expected to lead to further jobs and prosperity for individuals and communities across the country.
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On the occasion of World Book Day April 23, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) urges governments to legislate for cheap, extensive Internet and mobile access to ensure that secondary school girls in particular have easy and regular access to both paper and digital books.
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Did you know? There's a cooking skills gap, according to new report

Research released by Sobeys Inc. has revealed a generation gap when it comes to food knowledge and confidence in cooking skills. Only 31 per cent of 18 to 29-year-olds feel confident in the kitchen versus 48 per cent of those 50 and older.
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