learners speak out, teach, network and
The spring and summer of 2000 was an exciting time for Millennium literacy
conferences. Learners were front and center at them, often as workshops
presenters. Others were active participants in various Canadian literacy
In this issue you will find profiles of three of these events:
The National Aboriginal Literacy Gathering (April in Morley, Alberta)
We are happy to reprint a story by one of the learners who attended. The
original was featured in the July 2000 issue of "literacy.ca"
The Canadian Public Health Association's Charting the Course for
Literacy and Health in the New Millennium (May in Ottawa, Ontario)
The Nunavut Conversation: Affirming Ourselves for the new Millennium
(July in Iqaluit, Nunavut)
MCL's LAN Chair, Gordon DeWolfe shares his diary of the Nunavut
experience in The Nunavut Conversation: A Southern Learner's Perspective
Learner presenters came away with positive feelings about the
understanding others gained from their workshops. As well, they made important
contacts and appreciated the time to share ideas, and experiences. Most felt
these exchanges brought them the energy and hopefulness to continue to work for
a better future for adult learners and the literacy movement.
We hope that many of you will be inspired to attend future literacy
conferences after reading these articles.