CODE and the National Reading Campaign (NRC) is pleased to announce that the NRC is the new adjudication partner for the CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature program. Together CODE and the NRC are committed to promoting access to literacy, and to championing reading and reading promotion policies.
CODE extends its deep appreciation to the Canada Council for the Arts for the role they played in helping successfully establish CODE’s Burt Award here in Canada, and ensuring that the adjudication process was carried out according to the highest standards of integrity since 2013.
“We are now looking forward to a new relationship with the National Reading Campaign, one that will build on the progress we have made, and create new opportunities to serve indigenous youth in support of reading and learning outcomes,” says Scott Walter, Executive Director, CODE.
The National Reading Campaign (NRC) is an organization dedicated to making Canada a nation of life-long readers. The NRC understands the diverse and complex education challenges faced by indigenous youth. The NRC brings together indigenous leaders in the field of education to explore approaches and create an effective plan to promote access to appropriate reading materials for youth and to create a much-needed common agenda to champion reading and reading policies.
“Our goal is to create, sustain and grow a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to become and remain a lifelong reader. We look forward to working with the CODE Burt Award program to make that happen,” says Sandy Crawley, Executive Director, NRC
The NRC will now administer the jury process and select First Nations, Inuit, and Métis members from within the writing, publishing, and education communities in Canada to review submissions for the CODE Burt Award. Jury members will be selected with consideration of fair representation, gender, generations, and artistic, cultural and regional practices. They have skills, knowledge, experience, and understanding of young adult literature, literacy, education, and publishing.
The NRC is pleased to have Nancy Cooper join their team as the CODE Burt Award Coordinator. Nancy is Ojibway from the Rama First Nation on Lake Couchiching in southern Ontario. She has a master’s degree in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and over 25 years of experience working in community education with various Indigenous communities, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. She is currently the First Nation Consultant and Club Amick Program Advisor at the Southern Ontario Library Service. She is a mom of 8-year-old twins and lives in Toronto.
The CODE Burt Award is the result of a close collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, the National Association of Friendship Centres, Frontier College, GoodMinds, the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the National Reading Campaign.
Scott Walter, CODE Executive Director (L) and National Reading Campaign Executive Director, Sandy Crawley (R) sign the Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis adjudication partner agreement.