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Community Literacy Catalyst Project

Too many communities in Canada still lack the resources to provide their residents with quality literacy support. This year, in partnership with ilinniapaa campus, we set up our Community Literacy Catalyst (CLC) project in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The project supports Indigenous communities by strengthening their capacity to deliver literacy programming specific to their needs.

Rachel Michael, our CLC and an Iqaluit resident, met with various organizations to determine where to best add to existing social services, while recognizing barriers facing youth in the area, such as mental health challenges, poverty, and low self-esteem. Rachel established several activities including homework support at Inuksuk High School, workshops on cultural expression, and literacy for young offenders at the Youth Detention Centre. One of the most exciting results of Rachel’s work is that members of the community were inspired by the possibilities and sought training to become literacy tutors.