James Bartleman Aboriginal Literacy Summer Camps

Upon his installation as Lieutenant Governor in March 2002, Mr. Bartleman became Chancellor and a member of the Order of Ontario. He was promoted to Knight of Justice in the Order of St John in 2002 and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service in 1999. His Honour received the Dr Hugh Lefave Award (2003) and the Courage to Come Back Award (2004) for his efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

Mr. Bartleman has identified three key priorities for his mandate: to eliminate the stigma of mental illness, to fight racism and discrimination, and to encourage aboriginal young people. In 2004 he launched the first Lieutenant Governor’s Book Drive, which collected 1.2 million good used books for First Nations schools and Native Friendship Centres throughout Ontario. To further encourage literacy and bridge building, in 2005 His Honour launched a Twinning Program for Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut, and established literacy summer camps in five northern First Nations communities as a pilot project.

In 2006 he extended his literacy summer camps program to 28 fly-in communities and secured funding for five years, and he also launched Club Amick, a reading club for Native children in Ontario’s North. In the winter of 2007, he completed a second Book Drive, collecting 900,000 books for aboriginal children in Ontario, northern Quebec and Nunavut.