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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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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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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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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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National Volunteer Week is April 6 to 12, 2014

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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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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Fostering Literacy Success for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Students - Research Monograph #45 by Pamela Rose Toulouse (2013)
This document is part of a research-into-practice series produced by a partnership between The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat of the Ministry of Education of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Deans of Education.
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Working with Newcomers: Tips for Culturally Diverse Canadian Organizations - Public Sector Case Study by Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) (2013)
Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES) teamed up with government and industry partners to produce a three-part resource designed to help newcomers, their managers, and their mentors thrive in a culturally diverse workplace.
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Carpenter – Job Profile by Government of Alberta (2013)
Part of an easy reading career planning resource, this profile explains what a carpenter does on the job. The authors explain the seasonal nature of the work, and discuss the skills and traits required for the job.
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Assisting Adults with Learning Disabilities by Jennifer Hillier, Laura Godfrey (2013)
This booklet offers a variety of strategies for practitioners working with adults who have learning disabilities.
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Examining the personal side of change within a collaborative inquiry group: Adopting Problem-Based Learning in primary/elementary science education - Journal of Applied Research on Learning, Vol. 2, No. 1, Article 3, 2008 by Karen Goodnough (2008)
This paper describes the experiences of a university researcher and five teachers from a school district in Newfoundland and Labrador as they planned and implemented a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) science curriculum. In PBL, the teacher acts as a facilitator as students, working individually or in small groups, find workable solutions to problems.
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Legislative changes introduced April 10 will increase employer involvement in apprenticeship, and make it easier for apprentices to complete their training and get jobs in Nova Scotia.
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Have you heard of NALES? Read on

"Last year, the three territorial literacy coalitions signed a memorandum of agreement, and the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES) was born. Each literacy council is still an independent body, with its own projects, but we realized the power of numbers and the potential for working together on projects of mutual interest." - Helen Balanoff on behalf of Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES)
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CPA Canada named financial literacy organization of the year

CPA Canada was named Organization of the Year, Nonprofit, by the Institute for Financial Literacy, based in the United States. The organization also received a prestigious EIFLE (Excellence in Financial Literacy Education) Award. CPA Canada produces practical publications and maintains a website dedicated to financial literacy.
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New generation speed-dating its way to summer jobs

Kael Cruz spent the past few months “working like crazy,” putting the final touches on his portfolio, perfecting his personal website, attending a networking training session, and boosting his social media presence in anticipation of an evening that had the potential to launch his career. “I’ve got to sit at that table, so I’ve got to bring my A-game,” explained the creative advertising student at Toronto’s Humber College.
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