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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>Local Labour Market Plan Update </h2><div class="caption">This document offers an update to a report released in March 2013 by the Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation (AWiC), and includes the latest labour market information contained in the 2011 National Household Survey.</div><a class="[field_readmore_hack_value]" href="http://library.copian.ca/item/12667">Read more&nbsp;&raquo;</a>

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Researchers Sue Folinsbee and Brigid Hayes are investigating models that bring small businesses together in “clusters” or “hubs” in order to deliver training (literacy, essential skills, other workplace training).
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E-ssential News - Essential Skills Ontario – April 2014

It is increasingly evident that skills play a strong role in the employment outcomes of adults, as ESO’s latest PIAAC bulletin points out. The third bulletin - Do Skills Actually Matter When it Comes to Employment and Earnings? - examines the relationship between education and training on skill levels.
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Essential Skills Bulletin - Essential Skills Ontario - #3, April 2014

In a time of economic uncertainty, many Ontarians are still struggling to find meaningful employment. These individuals may be hindered by various barriers to participation in the labour market, including low family income, health concerns, language barriers, inadequate child care and low levels of educational attainment.
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Widening Access: Making the Transition from Mass to Universal Post-Secondary Education in Canada - Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 2, Special Issue, Article 3, 2009 by Dale Kirby (2009)
This paper highlights some of the contemporary challenges facing postsecondary education in Canada and focuses on the need for a system that is more democratic, open, and accessible.
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Chapter 5 – Elections, Activity 4 – Voter Information Card - Listening: Citizenship Resource [Audio – 1:04] by Toronto Catholic District School Board (2010)
This audio file accompanies an activity designed to explain the importance of a voter information card. It is part of a resource developed for instructors teaching concepts of Canadian citizenship in an English as a Second Language (ESL) class for adults.
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Improving what we do and how we do it is a goal for lifelong learners, progressive organizations and successful businesses. This year’s CAPLA conference theme opens up the door for dialogue on this important subject. The call for presenters closes May 30, 2014.
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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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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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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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