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Treaty 7 Nations Launch New Literacy Program for Student Success

Treaty 7 Management Corporation is pleased to announce the acceptance of its proposal to introduce a new project designed to improve the literacy and achievement of students in Treaty 7 schools.

The $37 Million First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) and the $3 Million Education Partnership Program are new national literacy programs being funded by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and since funding was announced in December 2008, 40 proposals were reviewed from across the country. 12 of those proposals have been approved and the Treaty 7 Management Corporation – as host agency representing Treaty 7 Nations - was accepted as one of the two proposals awarded in Alberta.

Six First Nations within the Treaty 7 area will benefit from the 3 year literacy project. The project is now underway in Treaty 7 communities intended to increase success through specialty programs — including data collection to track attendance, achievement and graduation rates. Parental engagement focusing on Family Literacy is also a strong component and key to the project’s success.

The participating nations have defined literacy as “…skills needed for an individual’s full autonomy and capacity to become successful. For Aboriginal people, the need for the improvement and implementation of technology, literacy, numeracy, language and student retention programs and initiatives is especially urgent.”

Maggie Nielson is the Treaty 7 Management Corporation’s Project Manager. She says the project is going well since being implemented. “The First Nation schools involved have been very supportive of this initiative. The project team has been very busy with training teachers and support staff and coordinating the implementation of these new literacy and student success programs.”
In total, 2542 First Nation students attending K4 to grade 12 in Kainai (Blood Tribe) Piikani, Tsuu T’ina and Nakoda (Wesley, Chiniki and Bearspaw) community schools will benefit from the project.

For more information please contact:
Maggie Nielson, Project Manager @ 403.539.0350 Email: mnielson@treaty7.org

A pdf of the press release is available here.

Posted on 20 Oct 2009