Front Row from left to right: Carol Clarke (Ontario Provincial Police - on secondment from the RCMP), Betty-Lou Scholey (North-South Partnership for Children), Mary Blanchard (Dean/School of Communication, Language and General Studies, Durham College), Mack Mercier (DDSB student / MC), Barbara Oram (Partnership Development Coordinator, Durham District School Board), Lynne Herr (Principal, Harmony Public School), Raven Murphy presenter), Arlene Cole (Teacher, Harmony Public School), Deanna Fry (DDSB Aboriginal Education Facilitator)
Back Row from left to right: Bill Littlefair (DDSB Program Officer/Aboriginal Studies), Larry Jacula (DDSB Chairperson), Keith Richards (Constable, Durham Regional Police /Diversity Coordinator), Elgin Knopp (Durham College), Aubrey Oppers, President, Port Perry Rotary Club, Jim Doylan, Superintendent, Durham Regional Police, Chuck Mercier (former Deputy Chief with Durham Region Police Service / MC).
Absent: Gary Edgar (Baagwating Community Association)

On February 19, 2010, Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win:North-South Partnership for Children attended the launch of the Durham District School Board's First Nation Literacy Partnership Project.

This project is about people connecting with one another through books and other media like the Internet. The books have all been written by Aboriginal authors like Larry Loyie and David Bouchard.

Five classes from the Durham District School Board (DDSB) will participate along with several classes in First Nation communities from across Ontario.

Mamow Sha-way-gi-kay-win: North-South Partnership for Children will facilitate the twinning of the 5 schools participating in the project and link these DDSB schools with First Nation communities in northwestern Ontario.

The partners organizing and sponsoring this new project include: DDSB, Durham Regional Police Service, Durham College, Ontario Provincial Police, North-South Partnership for Children, Baagwating Community Association, and the Rotary Club.

What are the goals of the FNLPP?

Learn and understand more about First Nation histories, cultures, and perspectives.

  • Learn and understand more about other students and their school communities.
  • Discover and share the joy of reading.
  • Develop greater literacy and critical thinking skills.
  • Recognize the contributions of First Nations people to modern day society in Canada.

What will students do?

Read a selection of books by Aboriginal authors.

  • Complete book-based activities in a variety of subject areas (i.e. Language, Art, Social Studies, etc.) to deepen awareness and understanding.
  • Share impressions and perspectives gained with others.
  • Contribute to the FNLPP google.doc (with parents’ permission).

Be creative and think of new ways to meet the goals of the project.

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