Literacy and Essential Skills Development in Canada's North (2013)

This background paper was issued in anticipation of the release of the results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), an initiative of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in October 2013. The authors note that while the PIAAC statistics vary across Canada’s three northern territories, they do tell a story of a significant labour market challenge facing Canada’s North.

As Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon experience rapid social and economic changes, northerners are seeking the Literacy and Essential Skills (LES) development they need to access new opportunities. But the PIAAC results suggest that persistent low education and skill levels among both unemployed and employed adults and youth in many areas of the North add up to an out-of-balance and underperforming labour market.

While the challenge seems daunting, strategies are emerging to deal with it, the authors say. In October 2012, the Made in the North forum brought together representatives from the three territories, and four key issues driving the LES agenda in the North emerged from this event.

The four issues are how to tap grass-roots innovation through non-formal community-based programs; how to leverage innovative approaches developed by northern colleges; how to use workplace-based learning as a model for building basic skills; and how to navigate multicultural and multilingual worlds and understand multiple literacies.

The document was written by the Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills (NALES), a new research and capacity-building initiative of Canada’s three territorial literacy organizations.

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2013-11-25
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Northern Alliance for Literacy and Essential Skills. Literacy and Essential Skills Development in Canada's North 2013. Web. 8 Aug. 2022 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/nales/lit_es_develop/lit_es_develop.pdf>
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