On November 8th, 2007 the
Government of Manitoba passed an adult literacy act becoming the first
province in the country to do so. The Adult Literacy Act affirms the
contribution that high literacy levels make to the economic and social
health of the province and makes provisions for annual funding of
literacy programs under a Manitoba Adult Literacy Program (MALP).
The MLA is supportive of the legislation as a whole, but regrets that
libraries received one word of mention in the Act and, as such, were not
recognized as integral partners in the province’s literacy landscape.
In the related discussion paper produced by the Province libraries
receive no mention.
The MLA presented its views at a public consultation session in Winnipeg
held on June 16th, 2008. The Association argued that libraries’
resources and services constitute significant value-added factors for
literacy groups, in addition to supporting related goals of lifelong and
intergenerational learning and providing socially inclusive spaces.
Three key recommendations were made and can be read in the submission
paper found below. Now is your time to be heard!
The strategy related to the Act –
including the specific terms of funding arrangements, related reporting
and measurement of the overall success of the MALP – is still in the
development process. The Province has hosted or proposed a series of
public consultation sessions in Winkler, The Pas, Thompson, Brandon and
The MLA remains in contact with provincial officials regarding the strategy. We are
here to assist libraries and library systems throughout the province
communicate their perspectives on this issue – now is the time to make
your voices heard!
Please send any input or questions to either:
Carolyn Minor (President):
or Monique Woroniak (Advocacy and Promotions Director): Related links: