Adult Basic Education & Tawow Literacy Programs
Program Mission & Objectives:
Founded in 1990, the Circle Project, a non-profit organization, started a basic literacy project designed to meet the diverse needs of the urban Aboriginal community. By 1993/1994, the project began to offer more formal programs on a full-time basis. In keeping with the Aboriginal culture, values and traditions, the Circle Project adheres to a holistic philosophy which is reflected in its approach and program delivery. The Circle Project's mission is, "to provide support and programs based on the Aboriginal vision of wholeness, balance and healing. By promoting positive human development, we encourage people to help themselves through education, cultural awareness, family and community".
The Circle Project currently offers two literacy programs. Current total learner program enrolment stands at 24. Both programs use one-on-one and group instruction. Learner intake assessments include an aptitude test and interview. The Centre Project enjoys the support of the community as is evidenced by various successful community activities (e.g., resource exchange, fund raising, equipment/services donations). In addition to the Project's two current literacy programs, the following programs are offered: First Nations Parenting; Womenspeak Sharing Circle; 12 Step Recovery Program; Healing Circle Program; Addictions/Recovery Circle; Native Ministry Program; and, Early Intervention Program. Some of the services offered include: food-bank referrals; fine-option placement; community relations; advocacy and support for clients; Elder consultations/referrals; and, detoxification referrals. The Circle Project Council, the Project's governing body, has a majority of Aboriginal members.