Saskatchewan celebrates International Literacy Day every year with events around the province. The Government of Saskatchewan also proclaimed Literacy Day in Saskatchewan. You can download a copy of the proclamation here to use in your own events.
2019 International Literacy Day: Literacy and Multilingualism
This year’s theme, designated by UNESCO, celebrates ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’. Also, 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages. To recognize these, the Saskatchewan Literacy Network announced it is working with many partners to translate its popular family literacy booklet series into Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Michif, and French.
Language and literacy are very closely linked, so it is important for families to have access to resources that support literacy in their home language or languages. Translating these booklets is a step toward building those resources together with our partners. We are working with translators, community organizations, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers to translate the family literacy booklet series. We welcome involvement from anyone interested in supporting these translations, including to suggest good books for families to read together.
Literacy is extremely important as it opens the door to many opportunities. We work closely with multiple organizations to ensure that Saskatchewan residents have access to literacy programs and resources. Our government is proud to support offering literacy resources in multiple languages.Gordan Wyant – Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Government of Saskatchewan
With support from the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Education (through the Provincial Library and Literacy Office and through Early Years’ Canada-Saskatchewan Early Learning and Childcare Agreement), we are able to undertake this work and to keep offering these booklets at no charge to families and community members. You can download the family literacy booklet series (currently only in English), at our family literacy resources page. To get involved, or to request these booklets in print (in English or to pre-order in Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Michif, or French), please contact our office.
More Multilingual Literacy Resources
We know that Saskatchewan families speak many languages – sometimes within the same family! An earlier project created dual-language mini-books about clothing, food, numbers, and more. You can download these dual-language mini-books in Arabic, Chinese, Dari (Farsi), Nepali, Pashto, Somali, Tigrigna, and Urdu.