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far north u

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2009 by ruyoung

michaelle jean, governor general of canada, publically urges the federal government to build a university in the north west territories so that inuit youth can further their education closer to home.

premier floyd roland joined a canadian delegation to the arctic council in tromso, norway last month where the idea of a northern university may have been planted and considered.

“When you look at those countries (on the Arctic Council), their universities are heavily involved in this process,” Roland told The Journal. “I met with an individual for a discussion of the University of the Arctic, and it came up how we in the NWT can be involved. (A Northern university) is something I think needs to be discussed.”

nwt has a population of almost 42,000 people. according to the 2001 canadian census, 36% of the population is first nations and 11.2% are inuit.


training a large portion of federal budget

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 27, 2009 by ruyoung

the canadian federal budget was tabled by jim flaherty today. between training and employment insurance there is about $1.8billion earmarked, laid out as:

Enhancing the Availability of Training

Budget 2009 will create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development by:

  • Increasing funding for training delivered through the Employment Insurance program by $1 billion over two years.
  • Investing $500 million over two years in a Strategic Training and Transition Fund to support the particular needs of individuals who do not qualify for EI training, such as the self-employed or those who have been out of work for a prolonged period of time.
  • Providing $55 million over two years to help young Canadians find summer jobs.
  • Supporting older workers and their families with an additional $60 million over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and expanding it to include workers in small cities.
  • Responding to skilled labour shortages with $40 million a year to launch the $2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant.
  • Providing $50 million over two years for a national foreign credential recognition framework in partnership with provinces and territories.
  • Investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) initiative, expected to support the creation of 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal Canadians.
  • Investing $75 million in a two-year Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

now, the majority of that is for EI, which i won’t deny is necessary, however, they only program in this list that isn’t exactly new is the strategic training and transition fund. this is key so that self employed individuals and others who do not qualify for EI can get some support, and $500million is a fair chunk of change.

the entirety of budget has come under scrutiny by the members of the pending coalition government. the next few weeks will be key to whether this funding for training and small businesses will surface in time to make a difference in our economic slump – or at least a difference that doesn’t leave very deep scars.

canada post community literacy awards winners

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 19, 2008 by ruyoung

congratulations to the winners of the 2008 canada post community literacy awards.

The Canada Post Community Literacy Awards were established 15 years ago to discover and acknowledge the achievements of Canadians who have made a special effort or an important contribution to literacy.  Today, the program continues to celebrate the achievements of both adult learners and those who have helped them learn to read and write.

when nominations open up for next year, perhaps you’ll recommend someone in your area who has made  a significant contribution to literacy, either as a learner or as an educator, to be considered for this honour.

canada post community literacy awards finalists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 22, 2008 by ruyoung

canada post has announced the awards finalists (pdf) for the 2008 canada post community literacy awards.

the awards recognises the contribution to literacy by educators as well as the achievements of adult learners.

congratulations to all finalists and best of luck in the final winners list announcement in early sep.

comparing adult learners in knowledge-based economies

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2008 by ruyoung

a report from statistics canda contemplates the findings of a study of adult learners between canada, united states, norway, and switzerland.

each country reported nearly or more than 50% of the adult population enrolment in organised forms of adult learning during the year preceding the interview. most said it was for job-related reasons and a very small percentage had been engaged in adult learning for personal reasons.

“The dominance of work-related reasons for participating remains unchanged over a person’s entire working life. It is notable, for example, that close to 90% of Canadians with job tenure of more than 21 years who reported participating in an organized form of adult learning in 2002 did so for job-related reasons, a percentage that is similar to employees who had been in the job for between one and five years.

These results suggest that a large proportion of Canadians are active participants in what is now commonly referred to as the ‘knowledge-based economy’ and are ready to upgrade their skills in order to improve and/or maintain their prospects in the labour market. At the same time, it is becoming rare for Canadian adults to engage in organized learning activities primarily for personal reasons or study for the sake of study.”

it is also worth noting that more than 50% of interviewed learners from all four countries reported that they received financial support from their employer, however learners from the european countries were more still likely to engage in education and training even when unemployed compared to the north american learners interviewed.
the report also contemplates the impact of job and workplace characteristics on adult learning as well as skills match-mismatch and participation in adult learning, but concludes that “it is worth noting that employer support for training favours high-skill workers in jobs with high skill requirements. That raises the question, then, of how best to create education and training opportunities for those in need of skills upgrading.”

learn canada 2020

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 20, 2008 by ruyoung

last week the council of ministers of education, canada (cmec) released the vision of learn canada 2020, a joint declaration from provincial and territorial ministers of education to address educational needs and aspirations of canadians.

Learn Canada 2020 is the framework the provincial and territorial ministers of education, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, will use to enhance Canada’s education systems, learning opportunities, and overall education outcomes. The vision of Learn Canada 2020 is Quality Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All Canadians.

Learn Canada 2020 recognizes the direct link between a well-educated population and (1) a vibrant knowledge-based economy in the 21st Century, (2) a socially progressive, sustainable society, and (3) enhanced personal growth opportunities for all Canadians.

it encompasses the four pillars of lifelong learning (early childhood learning and development, elementary to high school systems, post-secondary education, and adult learning and skill development) and identifies specific activity areas and accompanying objectives:

  • Literacy: Raise the literacy levels of Canadians.
  • Aboriginal Education: Eliminate the gap in academic achievement and graduation rates between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students.
  • Postsecondary Capacity: Enhance and stabilize the long-term capacity of postsecondary systems to meet the training and learning needs of all Canadians seeking higher education learning opportunities.
  • Education for Sustainable Development: Raise students’ awareness and encourage them to become actively engaged in working for a sustainable society.
  • International and National Representation: Speak effectively and consistently for education and learning in Canada in both pan-Canadian and international settings.
  • Official Languages: Promote and implement support programs for minority-language education and second-language programs that are among the most comprehensive in the world.
  • Learning Assessment Programs and Performance Indicators: Support the implementation of national and international learning assessment programs and performance indicators for education systems.
  • Education Data and Research Strategy: Create comprehensive, long-term strategies to collect, analyze, and disseminate nationally and internationally comparable data and research.

[ the full declaration ]

“We are committed, each in our own jurisdiction and collectively through CMEC, to ensuring that Canada leads the world in learning,” said Raymond Théberge, Director General of CMEC. “Learn Canada 2020 provides us with a shared vision that can be realized according to the unique needs and situation of each province and territory.”

nominations are now open for the 2008 canada post community literacy awards

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on March 27, 2008 by ruyoung

do you know someone deserving of recognition for their efforts towards literacy? nominations are now open for the 2008 canada post community literacy awards. this annual event, now in its 15th year, recognises the achievement of individuals and educators who have made special effort or an important contribution to literacy.

cpost literacy awards

up to 26 awards will be given to individuals, one for each english-speaking nominee and one for each french-speaking nominee in each province and territory. the winners receive a cash reward of $300 and a framed certificate.

and up to 26 awards will be given to educators, one for each english-speaking nominee and one for each french-speaking nominee in each province and territory. the winners receive a cash reward of $500 and a framed certificate.

nominations must be recieved by midnight fri mar 23, 2008. for more information visit or download the nomination booklet (pdf).