Kanerahtahere Michelle Davis

CEO / CGO - Ontario Native Literacy Coalition

Kanerahtahere Michelle Davis

CEO / CGO - Ontario Native Literacy Coalition

Biography

Kanerahtahere Michelle Davis, from the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Nation at Grand River Territory, Ontario. She holds a BA in Child Care Work, University of Victoria; and a B.Ed & M.Ed, Brock University. Michelle has been the CEO of ONLC for the past 7 years. She is a retired secondary school teacher, having taught in an Indigenous language immersion school in Ontario, and has taught in Vancouver, BC. As CEO of ONLC. Michelle continues to meet, present, and share information on Indigenous literacy with provincial ministries, federal offices, and Indigenous organizations on local, provincial, and national levels.

Engaging Indigenous Adult Learners by Utilizing Approaches in Indigenous Literacies

Participants will have an opportunity to learn from Indigenous educators the success being made by Indigenous adult learners through the use of language and culture in Indigenous Literacies. Presentation will reflect upon some of the Indigenous resources developed by the organization.

“The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition (ONLC), the only provincial Indigenous literacy organization in Canda, has initiated language revitalization programming in what the organization has determined to be “”Indigenous literacies””… literacies that go beyond the main stream literacy teaching of reading, writing, and numeracy. The benefit that self-identy, self-empowerment, and self-determination as well as educational credits, result from the integration of language, culture, and traditions into the adult learners’ areas of study. In the presentation, the ONLC will share information on its wholistic program framework and provide a display of language and cultural resources available to the different language groups in Ontario.
Time is provided for any lingering questions.”

Co-author: Iehnhotonkwas Bonnie Jane Maracle, from the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation at Tyendinaga Territory, Ontario. She holds a BA in Indigenous Studies, Trent University; a B.Ed and M.Ed, Queen’s University; and a Ph.D Candidate in Indigenous Studies, Trent University.”