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Aboriginal Family Literacy Centre at BCAAFC
The Aboriginal Family Literacy Initiative is a project developed by the BCAAFC which aims to contribute to increased literacy among Aboriginal families in BC through the creation of a movement which will promote, support, and empower Aboriginal Family Literacy.
The Centre supports the Friendship centres with their literacy programming. The goal of the centre is to raise awareness around Aboriginal literacy and to promote it in communities across BC. Aboriginal Family Literacy is important for strengthening our families, culture and languages.
The time has come to start healing our communities and embracing our culture and increase learning with families.
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Aboriginal Family Literacy
Traditionally, Aboriginal people learn through the transfer of knowledge within families. Elders share stories that teach a lesson, give you something to think about or make you laugh or cry. At times, the stories are told during food gathering/preparation, while traveling, at family gatherings or over tea and bannock. The family unit is the source of teachings including: language, traditions, crafts, food gathering/preparation, dancing, drumming, singing and about the different stages of life and development.
Non-Aboriginal society has introduced a different way to look at learning and the environment. This is a formal approach to learning and usually takes place in an institutionalized environment. This method of learning has left scars on generations of families, but is slowly evolving over time to be more accepting and inclusive of various cultures.
Aboriginal people are learning the new ways of education while still maintaining their traditional teachings and forms of learning. An Elder once taught that Aboriginal people today must learn to be "bicultural" in their way of learning. Learn the new teachings of today's society to have a formal education, while holding strong to what our families teach us and our culture.
For Aboriginal people, literacy is more than just reading and writing. Literacy includes all traditional knowledge that is being shared within families and clans. Literacy will help us succeed in mainstream education, but it will also help us to retain our culture and languages.
Go to your local Friendship Centre to find out what kind of Aboriginal Family Literacy
programs they offer for you and your family.
Talk to your family to find out what literacy means to them.
BCAAFC Goals for Aboriginal Family Literacy
1. Support Aboriginal family literacy programming among literacy and Aboriginal social service providers in BC
2. Increase access to Aboriginal-focused literacy approaches and resources for both literacy practitioners and Aboriginal families in BC
3. Promote Aboriginal family literacy in BC through emphasizing the positive connection between literacy and Aboriginal culture
Aboriginal Family Literacy Initiative: A Proposal and Implementation Plan for the BC Aboriginal Family Literacy Initiative for 2008 (click on the link for a PDF format of the file)
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For more information about the BCAAFC Aboriginal Family Literacy program please contact the BCAAFC office.