Canada’s Premiers Announce 2021 Literacy Award Recipients

Vera Brown – Yukon
Vera Brown is a lifelong Indigenous language educator and leader in adult literacy in Yukon. Vera inspires her community to enjoy learning their Southern Tutchone language by using simple, everyday vocabulary. At the age of 16, Vera left residential school and lived on the land with her grandmother, storyteller Mrs. Annie Ned, who taught her the Southern Tutchone language, culture and traditional skills. Vera started as a language teacher in the public school system; she taught the Southern Tutchone language to adult inmates to help them reconnect with their culture and supported Early Childhood Educators and community language development at Kwanlin Dün First Nation for over ten years. The impact her work has had on the preservation of the Southern Tutchone language is immeasurable.

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Loretta O’Connor
Executive Director
Council of the Federation Secretariat
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