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Aboriginal Issues and Teachings in Family Literacy
Over 150 family literacy practitioners from across Alberta attended the Food for Thought professional development opportunity held in Edmonton, February 12–16. The first day of the conference had an Aboriginal focus with two separate sessions.

In the session All we Have are Our Stories: Literacy for Our Children and Their Future, Narcisse Blood and Cynthia Chambers used stories, photographs and video to share their research. They emphasized the importance of storytelling in Aboriginal culture and the unique place that geography plays as part of stories.

The afternoon was a fun-filled session Cree-ativity in Family Literacy with Dr. Leona Makokis, Steve Andreas and Diana Steinhauer. They focused on practical ways to incorporate the Cree language into family literacy programs. The participants learned the four skills essential to mastering a language: listening, speaking, reading and writing. They practiced these new skills by listening to stories, playing games, singing songs, using puppets and creating dramas. Who said language learning can’t be fun!

Food for Thought is organized by Centre for Family Literacy with funding from the Parent-Child Literacy Strategy of Alberta Advanced Education and Technology.

Diane Steinhauer presenting at Food for Thought.

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