Her Honour Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley reads with local children in the Aboriginal community of Big Trout Lake at one of the Lieutenant

 Aboriginal literacy

Left: Her Honour Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley reads with local children in the Aboriginal community of Big Trout Lake at one of the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Campers​​​

The Lieutenant Governor recognizes the historic relationship between Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and the Crown, and is committed to including native Canadians under the umbrella of Accessibility, the overarching theme of his mandate. In doing so, His Honour supports the Aboriginal Literacy Initiative instituted by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor during the tenure of the Honourable James Bartleman.

Mr. Onley on Accessibility in his installation speech, September ​5, 2007

Accessibility is that which enables people to reach their full potential. It is inclusion. Accessibility is a human right and accessibility is right. That is why I am committed to the Aboriginal Youth Literacy Initiative—because at its heart, it is in fact a program of Accessibility where Accessibility is defined as nothing more and nothing less than that which enables children to reach their full potential.

The initiative was the dream of Mr. Bartleman, and it was originally a multi-point plan that consisted of a variety of community programs: the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Book Drive, the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal School Twinning Program and the Lieutenant Governor’s Club Amick Program.

When the Honourable David C. Onley was installed as Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor in 2007, he announced he would continue the Aboriginal Literacy Initiative, and it survives as the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Summer Reading Camps provide Aboriginal youth the opportunity to enhance literacy and numeric skills in a fun, engaging, activity-oriented setting during the summer months in remote, mostly fly-in First Nation communities, in the North of our province.

All funding for the summer reading camps has been raised by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and is held in trust by Frontier College who implement the program on behalf of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

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