Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Reading by Jessica Heafey
Look on a B.C. map.
Can you find Old Masset* or Toosey** ?
They are very small places.
*Say: ma-sut **Say: too-see
About 300 people live in Toosey.
About 600 people live in Old Masset.
These places are First Nation villages.
And people in the villages
to go to a library.
Steven Point is a judge.
He is also from a B.C. First Nation.
many First Nation villages.
He brought books. Children smiled.
Point had an idea.
He wanted to build libraries.
So he called friends and businesses.
They raised money.
They collected 30,000 books.
They bought computers.
Together, they built 10 libraries.
Point calls this project “Write to Read”.
Did you know?
There are more than 600 First Nations
But only about 200 First Nations
have a library.
Write to Read – increasing Aboriginal literacy
CBC Article with video
Canadian Aboriginal Literacy Levels Need to Improve