Welcome to the December 2016 edition of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick newsletter. We've got some updates about the organization, news related to literacy in New Brunswick and much more. There are lots of exciting things happening at The Coalition; here are a few updates! 
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Literacy Coalition Update

Has it really been a month already? Here's some important information from the Literacy Coalition:

Message from the Executive Director!


While the LCNB staff and Board are busy planning a productive 2017, it is important to pause and thank those who do their part to advance literacy and lifelong learning in communities throughout New Brunswick.

Thank-you to the many volunteers who answer the call to help build a culture of literacy in New Brunswick. Thank-you for choosing to devote your time, knowledge, support and encouragement to improving literacy for all. Know that you truly do make a difference and are appreciated. Thank-you to the LCNB Board of Directors. We could not do the work we do without your vision, passion and commitment to advancing literacy in New Brunswick.

To educators from Early Learning and Childcare to Adult Literacy and Essential Skills instructors, thank-you for all you do to support your students to succeed. As a parent, I have witnessed your compassion when students encounter challenges and your elation when you see them overcome those challenges.

As an employee, it is sometimes hard to reach out for help in improving literacy and essential skills. We want to thank employers for investing in enhancing literacy and essential skills for their employees and for showing their employees that they are valued members of the workforce.

For many, access to literacy supports is provided by community-based organizations who, through their dedicated staff and volunteers, inspire, guide and support learners to succeed. Most of these organizations operate on limited budgets and stretch every dollar to keep their programs running - programs that truly help transform lives and collectively uplift individuals and communities. On April 25th, LCNB we will be holding our signature fundraising event, the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) Dinner and Auction. Proceeds from the event help fund literacy programs and they rely heavily on proceeds raised through fundraising initiatives such as the PGI. We invite you to join us for this fun-filled and inspiring evening and support a worthy cause.

To that end, LCNB would like to extend a heart-felt thank-you to the sponsors and donors who contributed to LCNB in 2015 and 2016. We have already received reports on how your donations have been put to good use and have helped to change lives and improve the futures of program participants. 

New Brunswick was built on the tradition of resourceful, innovative, determined and hard-working people. It is with optimism, that we continue to expand on the great work being done in every corner of this wonderful province and continue to demand more of ourselves and others to improve literacy for current and future generations.

Wishing you all the very best of the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.
Christy McLean
Christy McLean
Executive Director, LCNB

LCNB Board Member Ivan Augustine, chosen for the 2016 Indspire Award!

(November 3, 2016 – Ohsweken, ON) Hundreds of educators and supporters of Indigenous education from across Canada will gather at a ceremony in Toronto, Ontario on November 4 to celebrate the recipients of the 2016 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards. The awards, presented by Indspire, recognize the achievements of outstanding educators of Indigenous students.

Guiding the Journey honorees are acknowledged for having innovative teaching practices, and for advocating for updated resources and more cultural teachings in the curriculum, while helping Indigenous students reach their full potential.

The ten recipients of 2016 Guiding the Journey: Indigenous Educator Awards are as follows:

* Community Service – Ivan Augustine, New Brunswick

* Partner in Indigenous Education – Elizabeth Barrett, British Columbia

* Innovative Practice – Pauline McKay, Saskatchewan

* Culture, Language and Traditions – Thomas Deer, Ontario

* Culture, Language and Traditions – Eileen Lucas, Alberta

* Leadership – Denise Augustine, British Columbia

* Leadership – Lois Phillipp, Northwest Territories

* Role Model – Wade Houle, Manitoba

* Role Model – Kieran McMonagle, Ontario

* Indigenous Organization Award – South Slave Divisional Education Council, Northwest Territories

“These educators are exemplary in their innovation and dedication to helping First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children and youth succeed,” said Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire. “They are creating lasting change in the communities they serve and enriching the field of Indigenous education through their contributions.”

Indspire thanks its presenting corporate sponsors, Suncor Energy Foundation and Suncor Energy Inc., for their support of the Guiding the Journey awards and the National Gathering for Indigenous Education.

“We’ve had the opportunity to be part of the Indspire Indigenous Educator Awards for a number of years, and each year I’m blown away by the exceptional individuals honoured,” said Cathy Glover, director of Community Investment, Suncor. “Educators play a critical role in inspiring and supporting their students and it’s through awards like this that we are able to celebrate and acknowledge their contributions, not only to the students in Indigenous communities, but to the whole of Canada.”

About Indspire

Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. With the support of its funding partners, Indspire disburses financial awards, delivers programs, and shares resources with the goal of closing the gap in Indigenous education. Through the Indspire Institute, it provides resources to educators, communities, and other stakeholders who are committed to improving kindergarten to grade 12 success rates for Indigenous youth. In 2015-16, Indspire awarded over $12.2 million through 3,792 bursaries and scholarships, making it the largest funder of Indigenous education. Each year, the organization presents the Indspire Awards, a celebration of the successes achieved by Indigenous people that is broadcast nationally.

 LCNB Holiday gifts of literacy ideas!

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means the time crunch is on to find that perfect gift for your families and friends. What better gift than one that can encourage learning!
Below are some ideas we thought you'd like!
  1. A Library card for your local public library! All public libraries throughout the province of New Brunswick are jam-packed with free books for all!
  2. Conscious Step Socks! These socks made by Conscious Step support wide array of social causes, among these offers support to  "Room to Read"  programs. The purchase of one pair of socks supplies children elsewhere in the world 2 books! for more information click here
For more interesting literacy gift ideas, why not check out our Facebook and Twitter page? Throughout the month of December we will be sharing interesting and wonderful literacy gift ideas!


Family Literacy Day is approaching!

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27th to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

If you would like to read more about the upcoming important day, please click here
Do you represent a business who sees the importance of increasing literacy here in New Brunswick? The Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) is our annual signature fundraising event to raise funds for the advancement of literacy here in New Brunswick! For more information, on how to contribute please click HERE. If you or your company are interested in making a donation to this amazing cause, please contact us at 1-800-563-2211 or at

This Month's LCNB International Literacy Spotlight

From Malala Yousafzai, to children who walk miles to achieve an education, there are many stories of people going above and beyond for the sake of literacy and education. In recognition of the international role of literacy, LCNB is sharing stories of international efforts to make literacy more accessible to all.

New Education Initiative in Papau New Guinea

READ PNG literacy program in sponsorship of the World Bank organization is vastly reshaping the literacy field of Papau New Guinea for the better!
"The READ PNG program will have supported more than one million students in elementary and primary schools across all 22 provinces in Papau New Guinea."

To view the video below, please click the photo shown (will redirect you to YouTube).
Papua New Guinea: Reading for a Brighter Future

Canadian Book of the Month

Canada is home to many wonderful authors, be it poems or novels, you can find it all right here. The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is proud to shed light on the work of these talented authors.

This Month's Feature is: sakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut

By: Heather Igloliorte

Nunatsiavut, the Inuit region of Canada that achieved self-government in 2005, produces art that is distinct within the world of Canadian and circumpolar Inuit art. The world’s most southerly population of Inuit, the coastal people of Nunatsiavut have always lived both above and below the tree line, and Inuit artists and craftspeople from Nunatsiavut have had access to a diverse range of Arctic and Subarctic flora and fauna, from which they have produced a stunningly diverse range of work. Artists from the territory have traditionally used stone and woods for carving; fur, hide, and sealskin for wearable art; and saltwater seagrass for basketry, as well as wool, metal, cloth, beads, and paper. In recent decades, they have produced work in a variety of contemporary art media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, video, and ceramics, while also working with traditional materials in new and unexpected ways.



SakKijâjuk: Art and Craft from Nunatsiavut is the first major publication on the art of the Labrador Inuit. Designed to accompany a major touring exhibition organized by The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery of St. John’s, the book will feature more than 80 reproductions of work by 45 different artists, profiles of the featured artists, and a major essay on the art of Nunatsiavut by Heather Igloliorte.

SakKijâjuk — “to be visible” in the Nunatsiavut dialect of Inuktitut — provides an opportunity for readers, collectors, art historians, and art aficionados from the South and the North to come into intimate contact with the distinctive, innovative, and always breathtaking work of the contemporary Inuit artists and craftspeople of Nunatsiavut.

In The News

The news has certainly been interesting in the last month. Here are a few stories we think are worth reading.

UNB looks to raise $110 million as part of ‘historic’ campaign

November 18th, 2016

The University of New Brunswick is looking to raise $110 million as part of a “historic campaign” in support of student aid and the learning institution’s academic mission, The Daily Gleaner has learned.

Simultaneous announcements are planned for Friday morning at the university’s campuses in Fredericton and Saint John. UNB is expected to reveal just how much of that funding will be earmarked for scholarships.
Shayna Perry, a student from Salisbury, the first in her family to go to university, has benefited from UNB scholarships.

Without that support, Perry said, she wouldn’t be able to afford a post-secondary education or handle the ever burdensome amounts associated with student loans.

“I would had to have taken out more student loans, possibly a bank loan,” Perry said. “The scholarship really does help me in that I won’t be paying back as much money.”

Perry is a bachelor of arts student in her second year with honours in psychology and sociology. She lives in residence and is a dean’s list student. She said the education she’s receiving will allow her to be a counsellor or child psychologist.

Perry said the university’s announcement will be great for people such as herself.

“More students like myself need this opportunity to be able to go to university and, I think, it will help them, if they are in my case, where the can’t necessarily afford it,” Perry said.

“It’s very relieving ... My undergrad [degree] is four years and then it’s probably going to be another two to four after that, depending on how far I go.”

UNB president Eddy Campbell said it’s an exciting time for the university.

“It’s a historic undertaking for us – an announcement in the nine-figure range,” Campbell said in an email. “It’s incredibly significant for the future of our university.”

He said a lot of people have been working hard for a long time on this, and he’s looking forward to sharing all of the details later this morning.

“It’s going to be a great day,” Campbell said.

Perry said she is grateful to those involved in the scholarship drive.

“Keep making it available to people like myself, who need these opportunities. I know I appreciate it, a lot!”
Perry said she has received $6,496 in scholarship money from the university this year.

“It [the money] means that I worked hard for my grades and it motivates me to keep on getting high grades,” Perry said. “It helps me with my financial needs.”

Founded in 1785, UNB offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 60 disciplines and continuing education in a variety of fields.

© 2016 Fredericton Daily Gleaner

New research project outlines show indigenous communities can keep language, Culture alive.

EMMA DAVIE, Fredericton Daily Gleaner
November 20th, 2016

A new research project at the University of New Brunswick suggests using a whole community approach, taking ownership of digital language resources and accessing the knowledge of elders are just some of the ways that digital technologies can support Indigenous resurgence
Researchers at the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre recently completed a six-month project to examine how communities can use the digital world to support the learning of Indigenous cultures and languages.

“I’ve always had major, major concerns when it comes to language loss, both the Mi’kmaq as well as my own language, the Wolastoqey language,” said David Perley, director of the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre at UNB and lead investigator of the project.

“These two languages have been identified by linguists as endangered languages, which means within the communities, the only fluent speakers you have in those communities are elders. The younger generation are not speakers of the language. They may know a few words, but they cannot converse because of their lack of language skills.”

The grant of almost $25,000 came from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). As part of the project, Perley will travel to Ottawa this week to present the findings to SSHRC and meet with policy-makers.

“We’re hoping that this report will support communities in their own plans to develop resources for indigenous language resurgence, which is a huge issue,” said co-investigator Susan O’Donnell, an adjunct professor in the department of sociology at UNB.

She, Perley and two graduate students looked at literature from across Canada, Australia, New ealand, Hawaii and other places that have been developing programs around indigenous languages to see what is working.

From there, they identified five key messages that could help communities in Canada use digital technology to keep indigenous culture alive.

“Each of the key messages comes with recommendations. So the first key message is to use a whole community approach,” O’Donnell said.

“Sometimes when we think of using technology for indigenous language and culture, you think this is all about the classroom. But the first message we wanted to get across is that it’s more than just in the schools.”

This is something Perley has noticed in his own community, Tobique First Nation. The schools have language programs, but it doesn’t extend further than that.

“The problem with this is when they leave the school, language is not reinforced within the family, so you don’t hear language anywhere else ... There has to be a holistic approach,” he said.
People need to be hearing the language in businesses, in government and throughout all aspects of community life, he said.

“The second key message is that a community or nation should own or control its own digital language resources. We’re recommending, for example, that it’s not just about a central database somewhere and there are people working on that ... It has to be up to the community to have their own digital language resources,” O’Donnell said, adding that infrastructure, tech support teams and archives should all be housed locally.

The third key message is that indigenous people should control the technology as well as the language resources, and the fourth message suggests the knowledge of the elders should guide the development of digital language resources.

“The elders are our wisdom carriers, knowledge keepers and language carriers. I cannot imagine any cultural and language program without involving elders. They have to be part of the process,” Perley said.

The fifth and final message in the report says policies for digital language resources should be guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls for Action.

Perley said an example of this at work would be if a First Nation school had a language program, but it also had a language app available.

“They can learn the language wherever they are, wherever they go. All they have to do is use their mobile to open up one of these language applications, and then they will have a chance to reinforce what they’ve learned in school and in some cases, from the elders in the community,” he said.

“They can use Facebook to reach out to the community. They can use ouTube, all of those various digital tools.”

Perley said he plans to present the findings to the Department of Indigenous Affairs, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and bring the research back to the local communities.

“One of the reasons it’s important to revive a language and culture is identity. It’s also important in terms of being exposed to traditional teachings,” he said. “our language reflects world views, and if they know the language, they know the world view of our ancestors, and it’s important for them to be exposed to that.”

O’Donnell said even for people outside of Canada’s indigenous communities, keeping those world views alive matters.

“As a non-indigenous person, the world right now, we need all the diversity that we can get,” she said.

“I believe indigenous world views on the environment, for example, or on how the land and resources are used for sustainable development and the idea of looking ahead, I think those are really valuable lesson we all could benefit from. And all of these indigenous world views are rooted in language and culture.”

© 2016 Fredericton Daily Gleaner



Dean Kriellaars - Physical Literacy​

CBC Information Morning Fredericton

"What's it going to take to get this generation of young people up and moving? An expert on physical literacy is back in town to try again?"

To listen to to this fascinating interview please click


Lack of literacy requires national plan, says senator

By Kevin Yarr, CBC News

P.E.I. Senator Libbe Hubley
( Senator Elizabeth Hubley )

The federal government needs to do more to help Canadians
who do not have the literacy skills they need to fully participate in society, says P.E.I. Senator Elizabeth Hubley.

Hubley said nearly half of Canadians lack sufficient literacy skills, and she wants the government to develop a national literacy strategy.

She said that can have a lot of negative impacts on people's lives.

Hoping for government action


"From their health, if they're not able to read labels, if they're not able to understand doctors' directions, or pharmacists' directions," said Hubley.

"From the news in the newspaper, they're probably not able to keep up with social issues that might be going on."

Hubley spoke in the Senate this week about literacy rates on P.E.I. in particular, and launched a Senate inquiry.

She hopes that speaking on the issue in the Senate could lead to government action to increase funding for literacy programs.

© 2016  CBC News



Community Update

Do you know of an upcoming Community event you'd like to see shared here? Let us know! Email us at

Public Library Activities:

Makerspace Open House
Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm.
Come by the Makerspace and meet other makers in your community, share and work on your projects in our space. 

Preschool Story Time: Saint John East Branch Public Library
Every Thursday 10:30 am

Join us for story time, songs, and fun activities!

Literacy Tutoring Saint John West branch Public Library
Tue, September 6, 10am – Sat, December 31, 11am
Elementary and middle school aged children are invited to call 643-7260 to book a free one-on-one tutoring lesson!

English Table
Every Friday  12:30  p.m. - 1:30  p.m.  

Practice your conversational English.

Spanish Table
Every Thursday  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.
Improve your Spanish conversation skills.

Retro Gaming Night
Every Thursday  7:00  p.m. - 8:00  p.m.  

Drop by the Makerspace to try out their Retron 5 gaming system!




Community Initiatives

Elementary Literacy Inc. (ELF)
If you are interested in working with elementary students to improve their literacy skills, consider becoming a volunteer with Elementary Literacy Inc. To find out more and to register as a volunteer, visit their website.
Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada’s original literacy organization. Located in Moncton and Fredericton, they offer homework and reading clubs, youth programs, one-to-one tutoring, teen programs, an adult literacy program, summer camps and much more! To find out what programs are available in your area call Frontier College at 450-7923, or visit their website.

Adult Literacy Fredericton
Formerly Laubach Literacy Fredericton, Adult Literacy Fredericton provides a free one-to-one tutoring service to adults 18 and older who want to improve their reading and writing skills.  Anyone who is interested in upgrading their reading and writing skills, or in becoming a volunteer should contact the coordinator at 458-1396 or email
Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick (LDANB)
LDANB is proud to be offering the Barton Reading and Spelling System in the greater Fredericton area. This literacy program aims to improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of those who have a reading disability or reading difficulties, such as Dyslexia.  Barton is a specialized one-on-one tutoring system based on the Orton-Gillingham method that teaches the phonemic structure of our written language using a multi-sensory approach. LCNB is proud to support LDANB by providing funding for financial subsidies for low-income families to be able to participate in this program. To find out more click here.
Saint John Learning Exchange (SJLE)
The Learning Exchange is Saint John's leader in adult education, training, and career development. They are a non-profit organization that has become an authority on innovative programming that meets the unique needs of everyone who walks through their doors. If you or someone you know is looking for support to meet academic or employment goals, they have the programming and resources you need. To learn more about the Saint John Learning Exchange visit their website.
LCNB Calendar of Events
Did you know you can share your community literacy events on the LCNB website?. To submit events to our calendar please send event information to To take a look at our calendar, click here.
Do you have community literacy initiatives you would like us to share?
If you are involved in or know of a literacy initiative that should be shared across the province we want to know about it! Send us an email or give us a call and we will include the information in an issue of our newsletter. We can be reached at or toll free at 1-800-563-2211.

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