Funding boost to local literacy programs will help people get the skills they need, says NDP MLA Nathan Cullen

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STIKINE – New Democrat MLA Nathan Cullen says funding boost to community-based Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs will help people gain skills in reading, writing, math and digital literacy.

“Our government knows how important it is for people to have the literacy and numeracy skills that will help them complete important daily tasks, apply for work, and more,” said Nathan Cullen, MLA for Stikine. “When people have access to these programs, they are able to build the skills they need to support themselves and their families.”

The Gitanyow Huwilp Society is receiving $24,659.81 to support their Gitanyow Adult Literacy Program for the 2021-2022 year.

The New Democrat government is investing $2.9 million in the Community Adult Literacy Program which includes a one-time investment for 2021-22. This support will fund 97 programs, delivered by 66 organizations in 128 communities throughout the province.

Community based Indigenous, adult and family literacy programs are provided free of charge and delivered by community organizations, Indigenous-led organizations, and public-post secondary institutions. Literacy programming typically includes one-on-one tutoring and small-group instruction which supports all levels of literacy. In 2020, many programs shifted to online service delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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