Canada’s Premiers Announce 2015 Literacy Award Recipients

READ Saskatoon Inc. – Saskatchewan
READ Saskatoon Inc. is a provincially and nationally recognized community-based organization that has been offering free literacy programs and services to thousands of adults and families in Saskatoon and the surrounding area for over 35 years. Through visionary leadership and community partnerships, READ Saskatoon has become a strong engine for community building and change. First established in 1979 as a volunteer agency, the organization has expanded its programming to include adult, family and financial literacy programs that have demonstrated strong outcomes for learners and gained continued commitment from hundreds of volunteers. READ Saskatoon reaches people of all ages and, true to their mission statement and proactive spirit, their work is helping to build engaged, employable and resilient lifelong learners and citizens.

Margaret Workman – Yukon
Margaret Workman’s traditional name is Äyedindaya. She grew up speaking Southern Tutchone and living a traditional lifestyle. At the age of seven, Workman was taken from her family and placed in the Baptist Mission School where she was not allowed to speak her native tongue. She later entered the Native Language Instructors Program where she attained her diploma and an Associate of Applied Science Degree. Workman was responsible for developing the first Athapaskan 11 and 12 language program at F.H. Collins Secondary School. Twice she received the Innovations in Teaching Award from the Yukon Department of Education. Workman has extensive elementary, secondary and college level teaching experience. After decades of making vital contributions to Native language literacy, especially Southern Tutchone, she continues her commitment even in retirement.

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For more information:

Lindsay de Leeuw
Senior Project Manager
Council of the Federation Secretariat
(613) 563-4066