Onley Carries On Northern Ontario Literacy Program

David Onley, Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor, has continued James K. Bartleman’s literacy program. In fact he will partner with Bartleman and expand the program “to include an Aboriginal youth computer literacy initiative”. Great to see that Mr. Onley is improving on the legacy James K. Bartleman left in the office of Lieutenant Governor.

Onley has been working with OPP and Toronto Police to collect donated books. From Jan. 1 to 18, You can drop off new books at any OPP detachment or any Toronto police station. From noon to 2 p.m. you can drop in at Queen’s Park and meet Onley yourself at his New Year levee. And bring a book.

During his term, Bartleman advanced many causes including that of the Aboriginal Youth Literacy, a program that addressed the third world conditions of Aboriginal communities in Ontario’s Far North, where books were few.

Four Aboriginal Literacy Initiatives were implemented:

• 2.3 million books to establish libraries in First Nation Communities across the north were collected,

• a School Twinning Program linking nearly 150 Aboriginal schools with non-Aboriginal schools across Ontario and Nunavut.

• Thirty-six Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps were established in 28 fly-in First Nations communities.

• ‘Club Amick’ was launched last year to provide books and newsletters four times a year to 5000 Aboriginal children in Ontario’s North.

Joyce Hunter — joyceh@wawatay.on.ca

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