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TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
(ETFO) today pledged $45,000 annually for the next five years to the
Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Literacy Programs.
Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley and Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) were on hand to accept ETFO's $225,000
commitment, which will help pay for summer reading camps and a book club
for First Nations youth living in fly-in communities in Ontario's far
north. The Federation has been a committed sponsor since the reading
camps were founded five years ago.
"The success and impact of the Lieutenant Governor's Summer Reading
Camps and the Lieutenant Governor's Club Amick Program encouraged ETFO
members to renew and increase our financial commitment," said ETFO
President Sam Hammond. "These programs are making a profound difference
in inspiring and building the confidence of Aboriginal youth who live in
Third World conditions."
"These two aboriginal literacy programs provide a great learning and
self-development oriented opportunity that builds esteem, emphasizes the
value of reading and, most importantly, reinforces a message that other
Ontarians care about the fly-in communities and the people who live in
them," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of
"I commend the ETFO for being the first organization to renew funding
for this next phase of the Lieutenant Governor's Aboriginal Literacy
Programs," said Grand Chief Stan Beardy. "Our young people face many
challenges growing up therefore literacy and access to high-quality
education are essential in providing a sense of hope for their future."
"ETFO's equity and social justice commitment is very important to our
members. Through this project, we can help instil hope and desire for a
better future among Aboriginal students," added Hammond.
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education workers across the
province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
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