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Who we are - The Researchers

Here is a little about the people who did the research on this project.

  Janice, Arthur, Guy, and Tracey.

Janice Brant worked in indigenous communities.

Janice Brant was born and raised in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory situated along the north shore of the Bay of Quinte, in southern Ontario. She has worked for seven years as an independent consultant and on a contract basis with several colleges and universities as a learning facilitator and instructor. Janice enjoys the diversity of collaborating with learners and advocates that learning is both reciprocal and life-long. Her contributions to the design, development and delivery of community-based programs for Aboriginal people continue to reflect her interest in and commitment to Indigenous teaching and learning concepts. Janice has taught courses for Loyalist College, First Nations Technical Institute, the Career Development Institute (CDI), and First Nations University of Canada.

Janice has served as a guest speaker at several literacy and essential skills conferences and workshops. She maintains an active role in the literacy community. She was a literacy practitioner for approximately five years, before becoming a candidate in the Master of Adult Education program with St. Francis Xavier University. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Native Studies at Trent University, a Bachelor of Education in the Aboriginal Teacher Education program at Queen’s University, a Facilitator of Adult Learning certificate with Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology, and is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers.


Arthur Bull worked in rural communities.

Arthur Bull lives on Digby neck in Nova Scotia. For the last ten years, he has been active in rural community development and community-based fisheries for the last. Among the positions he has held were President of the Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association, Director of the Fundy Fixed Gear Council, Chair of the Coastal Communities Network, Chair if the Digby neck Community Development Association, and Co-Founder of the Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre. He is currently the Executive Director of Saltwater Network, a cross-border organization that supports community-based fisheries management in the Gulf of Maine region. During the 1990’s he worked in adult literacy field in Ontario, first at Parkdale Project Read and later in the Ontario Provincial Government. He is also a published poet and professional musician.


Guy Ewing worked in urban communities.

Guy Ewing has worked in the adult literacy field for over twenty years, mainly as a frontline literacy worker. He is currently involved in project work and teaching with the Festival of Literacies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and is also facilitating a group of adult literacy learners. He has been an academic researcher, in linguistics, and has worked on several research-in-practice projects in the literacy field. He is a writer and poet.


Tracey Mollins worked in urban communities.

Tracey Mollins lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She has worked with learners at school board, community-based and online programs. She is interested in union-based literacy and improving working / learning conditions in literacy ... and beyond! She is the publisher of Literacies. She hangs out at the Festival of Literacies. She alternates between righteous raging and sublime silliness.


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Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy National Literacy     Secretariat
National Indigenous Literacy Association
The Bay of Fundy Marine Resource Centre NALD