One of the best ways to get to know a country, its history and its culture is by reading its literature and non-fiction. For newcomers to Canada, there are lots of programs that focus on practical skills such as literacy in English or French, and job-hunting. Those skills are very important, but there is much more to becoming Canadian.
The NRC Working Group on New Canadians surveyed available programs and reported back that there was a huge untapped resource to be developed through reading programs that not only could help people learn about Canada, but also develop higher-level language skills. And in addition to cultural and civic engagement, it noted that there was great potential for these kinds of reading programs to contribute to higher level employment and economic integration.
Join Us is designed to fill this gap.
To get started, we brought together librarians, educators and book lovers from across the country. After much deliberation, they chose a set of 10 Canadian book titles for adults, and 10 for children.
Over the coming year, we’ll write the guide on how these books can be a valuable resource for new Canadians and those who work with them. The guides will be available in 2014. If you’re from an organization that would like to use the guides in one of your programs, please contact email@example.com to get copies of the lists.
This project is inspired by the work of Communication-Jeunesse in Quebec (see video below), and financed by the Counselling Foundation of Canada.