Literacy Shaping Lives
The year 2017 marks Ontario’s 150th as a province. To celebrate Ontario’s future and commemorate its past, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is offering a new lecture series featuring prominent Ontarians including parliamentarians, political figures, public servants and more to Speak to Our Future.
A series of speakers throughout the year will present lectures focusing on engaging themes such as: Youth Engagement, Literacy and Indigenous History. Each presenter will share their personal stories, experiences and valuable knowledge as they continue to contribute to Ontario’s journey.
Ontario at 150: Speaking to Our Future lecture series will take place at Ontario’s Parliament Building in Toronto and will be followed by a light reception.
James Bartleman, member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, a former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Canadian diplomat with a distinguished career in the Foreign Service, is a champion of youth literacy —particularly in historically disadvantaged indigenous communities. He used his time as Lieutenant Governor to focus on championing social justice causes, notably battling the stigma of mental health, anti-racism, and the well-being of Native children, particularly in the area of literacy.
This lecture, punctuated by excerpts from Bartleman’s recent novels, reflects on the impact of literacy on his life and career, and how he chose to address the lack of it in certain communities.