Thursday, April 21, 2011

Turtle Island Voices

This past week found me working with Pearson Canada (http://www.pearsonschoolcanada.ca/) as we released Turtle Island Voices, our new levelled book series celebrating Aboriginal life, culture and heritage. We began the week in Winnipeg then flew to Regina. While in Regina, I spoke at the Treaty 4 Education Conference then I traveled up to North Battleford to share stories with several reserves that included Poundmaker, Red Pheasant and Moosomin.

My focus has been on reading. First Nation people have much catching up to do as readers. Though they are beginning to see themselves in books (they are starting to become included in books), they continue having difficulty accessing these books. Many books are simply too challenging. Collectively, Pearson, educators, Elders and authors are working to move these readers to the point that they will be able to handle a greater range of books.

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