United for Literacy Let's Imagine
    Mélanie Valcin

    I think it's all about listening. It's about listening and acknowledging. So for us at United for the Tricy, it means continuing to listen to and learn with and from our Indigenous partners.

    Bruce Macdonald

    You're listening to Let's Imagine, an Imagine Canada podcast for everyone interested in social issues and the non profit sector.

    I'm your host, Bruce Macdonald. At Imagine Canada, we believe that by leveraging our national vantage point, we Building cross-sector relationships and sharing and developing our knowledge base. We can advance social, economic, and environmental justice through our collective action. Join us as we dive deep into conversations that have big implications for the nonprofit and charitable sector here in Canada.

    A special thank you to our knowledge partner Carter's Professional Corporation, and our supporting partner. Blackbaud Together, let's imagine a stronger future.

    In this episode of our podcast, I have the pleasure to welcome Manam president and CEO. And Kristen Miller, a member of the Board of Directors of United for Literacy. You might know them by their former name, Frontier College. United for Literacy is a national charity focused on improving the lives of children, youth, and adults through literacy.

    In my conversation with Mélanie and Kristen, we will explore the organization's mission in detail, but mostly we will discuss its historic relationship with Indigenous peoples and the team's approach to truth and reconciliation. Mélanie and Kristen, thank you very much for accepting our invitation and for sharing your organization's experience with us.

    Mélanie Valcin

    Thank you so much for having us.

    Kristen Miller

    Thank you so much. Very honored.

    Bruce Macdonald

    Mélanie, we're going to start with you. This year, United for Literacy celebrates its 125th anniversary, which is quite a milestone. That's more than a century. What an amazing achievement. In all those years, your organization has brought literacy to many remote and isolated communities across Canada.

    So can you tell us a bit more about how the organization has evolved since its foundation and creation? Relatedly, the literacy needs in our country. And as you begin, we invite you to start with an Indigenous Land Acknowledgement.

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