Algoma District School Board presents Canadian author David Bouchard on April 28, 2016 at the Delta Waterfront in Sault Ste Marie at 7pm.
"An acclaimed author of children's books, David Bouchard is also a champion of literacy. This former teacher and school principal has written more than 50 books in English and in French. Many of them combine poetry, prose and visual arts, and explore topics such as the environment, history and the traditions and cultures of Canada's Aboriginal communities.
Also a storyteller and sought after public speaker, he has traveled across the country to promote the importance and joy of reading and writing. In his presentations to children, parents and teachers, he addresses his own struggles with dyslexia. Proud of his Métis heritage, he is a former president of the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and continues to serve as a community leader." ~ taken from the investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada, 2009.
Canadian Author David Bouchard
David Bouchard champions reading and tackles illiteracy. His message focuses on books, reading and specific responsibilities in making our children literate. He reminds us that educators and parents alike are responsible for the state of literacy among our youth. He speaks to how, when and why we lost focus of our responsibilities in promoting literacy. He offers a realistic, practical solution to the problem.
The author of over fifty books, many in Native languages, was recently named to the Order of Canada. He was a teacher and school administrator for twenty-seven years. David Bouchard has come to understand that the ultimate challenge for aboriginal people is to succeed in a system where reading is a pre-requisite. He understands the enormity of the problem and he believes he knows what has to be done.
Bouchard teaches that though all children are entitled to twelve years of education, aboriginal students are being denied that human right. They are being forced to write standardized tests they are unable to pass. They are systematically being forced out of school.