Since 2002, the Academic Readiness Program has grown to support the revitalization and retention of Language and Culture in the Sioux Lookout area by providing curriculum, materials, and resources for First Nations schools.
These services include:
Bilingual & Bicultural Curriculum
Built on Ontario’s Ministry of Education Curriculum, Kwayaciiwin’s curriculum integrates a culturally-based framework for teaching Anishinine / Anishinaabemowin language and culture. It is supported by a comprehensive range of culturally relevant resources.
Language & Culture Resource Development
Consistently expanding number of books (125 distinct titles in the most recent catalogue) in syllabics, roman orthography and English, audio-visual materials, levelled readers, Kindergarten to Grade 2 Anshiniimowiin Phonic Binders, flash cards, unit plans, syllabic charts, Oji-cree, Cree and Ojibway dictionaries, stories & legends, documentation of elders language usage, Oji-cree language ipad Apps, posters and other instructional materials.
Training is provided to Native Language and Immersion teachers through workshops and conferences, and by community visits from staff.
Art / Illustration / Design Services
Story books, banners, posters, newspaper spreads & ads, programs, book covers, brochures, surveys, charts, reports, and business proposals etc.
Publishing & Printing Services
An expanding professional publishing house for locally developed readers & books, instructional resources, yearbooks, posters, brochures, newsletters, calendars, instructional work-books, dictionaries, and other professional materials.
Requests from schools for written translation of Kwayaciiwin’s books into local dialects; requests from organizations and businesses for translation services.