Indigenous Adult Literacy Resources, Curriculum and Training Development – Expression of Interesst
Are you interested in developing Indigenous adult literacy learning resources, curriculum and training which supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the spirits, and the ancestors? The Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association (ECALA) funds non-profit organizations to provide foundational learning opportunities to adults living in Edmonton who face social or financial barriers to learning. ECALA funding supports Indigenous literacy and learning programs that meet the unique needs of Indigenous learners based on First Peoples Principles of Learning (www.fnesc.ca). ECALA is reaching out to the Indigenous Community to meet with individuals or Indigenous Colleges to contract the development of Indigenous Adult Literacy Resources.
Indigenous Adult Literacy Resources, Curriculum and Training Development: Expression of Interest Document
Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being
ECALA funded and took part in two Indigenous Living with Literacy research projects (2015 and 2018) which resulted in several changes to funding literacy learning opportunities for Indigenous learners.
Goals and objectives of the projects include:
- Building upon senior leader support for advancing Belonging, Inclusion, Reconciliation and Diversity
- Model diversity and inclusiveness at the board, senior leadership, and staff levels
- Create an inclusive and welcoming environment (such as the Land Acknowledgement)
- Analyze ECALA granting processes
- Build capacity to engage the community around conversations of Belonging, Inclusion, Reconciliation and Diversity.
ECALA employs an Indigenous Education Liaison to help Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations to increase engagement with Indigenous learners and to provide coaching and mentoring and Indigenous professional development. ECALA’s staff and board receive guidance from the newly formed Indigenous Working Group.
Acknowledging the land is an Indigenous protocol used to express gratitude to those who reside here and to honour the Indigenous people who have lived and worked on this land historically and presently. It allows us the opportunity to appreciate the unique role and relationship that each of us has with the land. Sharing a land acknowledgement also provides a gentle reminder of the broader perspectives that expand our understanding to encompass the long-standing, rich history of the land and our privileged role in residing here.