Aboriginal Learning Overview

As guests, the Literacy Victoria Board of Directors and staff are very thankful to live, work and learn within the sacred traditional territories of the Coast Salish people of the Esquimalt, Pauquachin, Songhees, Tsawout, Tsartlip, Tseycum and T’Souke Nations.

The Aboriginal Learning Program is comprised of two components: the Aboriginal Tutor Training Program and the Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills Pilot Project. These learner-centered programs utilized the approach and philosophy of other Literacy Victoria programs, yet also reflect and respect Aboriginal resources and ways of knowing.

  1. The Aboriginal Tutor Training Programa train-the-trainer model that built community capacity for tutoring in Aboriginal communities, particularly on-reserve First Nations communities. From 2006—2011, this program was funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education (Government of British Columbia).
  2. The Aboriginal Literacy and Essential Skills (ALES) Pilot Project—a three year community-based pilot project assisting First Nations communities on southern Vancouver Island and their citizens in developing a learning vision and set of pathways that are culturally relevant and reflective of customized literacy and essential skills needs, interests and priorities. Funding for the ALES Pilot Project was provided by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills—Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (Government of Canada). This project was completed in February 2013, and the ALES Pilot Project Final Report and other resources are available online (click the “Read more” section below).