Circles of Intelligent Knowledge

CIK Brochure August 2012

CIK Syllabus August 2012

Aboriginal Literacy is Aboriginal peoples’ contribution to literacy

Aboriginal Literacy lives in the collective memories, thoughts, actions, world-views, visions, dreams, and stories of Aboriginal Lives. It exists where Aboriginal beings have existed, exist, and will continue to exist.

This is a contribution to the movement of making literacy an Aboriginal cultural tradition.

The Circles of Intelligent Knowledge Pre-Literacy Program (CIK) is a replicable Aboriginal holistic approach towards making literacy an Aboriginal cultural tradition. The CIK Program attracts Aboriginal adult learners to become aware of the knowledge they use before it is written or read. The program uses Aboriginal knowledge to engage the learners. It is a learner-centred approach that utilizes culture tasks with Elder and community guides to establish an Aboriginal foundation to life-long learning with literacy.

The CIK Program contains a Research in Practice (RIP) Pre-Literacy Tool-Kit, a Culture Task Tool-Kit, and the learners’ Tool-Kits. The culture task that learners choose and develop is documented in English and in the learners’ first language. Upon completing the program the learners are presented with their very own first published story book of their holistic learning experience to be shared in the SALN network of Sharing Aboriginal Stories (SAS)

The objective of the Circles of Intelligent Knowledge Pre-Literacy Program is to engage Aboriginal adult learners in joining literacy programs by making literacy practical and culturally relevant.

The goals of the CIK Program are:

  • To provide a replicable Aboriginal holistic approach to life-long learning with literacy.
  • To utilize culture and language with Elder and community guides.
  • To assist Aboriginal learners who want to make literacy an Aboriginal intergenerational cultural tradition.

The vision of the CIK Program is for Aboriginal communities to utilize the tools of literacy to retain traditional knowledge and develop a new cultural tradition with literacy as a tool for intergenerational learning. The primary tools of literacy are books. If there were 100 Aboriginal communities/groups participating in utilizing the tools of literacy to document their ways of coming to know and they produced 10 Sharing Aboriginal Stories (SAS) books per year, that would be 1,000 per year, 10,000 in 10 years and 1,000,000 (one million) Aboriginal books in 100 years. Future generations will be able to read and learn from the words of their own ancestors rather than just continuing to read stories of Aboriginal people not written by their own people.

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