I would like to begin with our Treaty Acknowledgement as part of our path to Truth and Reconciliation, as we gather today for International Literacy Day.
We respectfully acknowledge that we are all Treaty people and we are standing on Treaty 4 territory. This is the traditional home of the Cree, Saulteux, Nakota, Lakota and Dakota people, and is the homeland of the Metis.
International Literacy Day (ILD2021)
Since 1967, International Literacy Day celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society. Despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with millions of young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills today.
The theme for this year is “Literacy for a human-centred recovery: Narrowing the digital divide”. I would like to thank St. Mary School for inviting our Knowledge Keeper Lyndon Linklater to tell us a story with us today to help us celebrate International Literacy Day.