The 11th Annual CYN Family Literacy Conference for Professionals


Facilitated By: Dr Rachel Heydon and Sandra Poczobut


with a special opening from Knowledge Keeper and Cultural Educator, Liz Akiwenzie.


The sharing of literacy practices and cultural knowledge across generations is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Intergenerational literacy learning takes many forms – from shared-site intergenerational programs involving young children and seniors, to informal engagement between family members – and all have something to teach about what it might mean to flourish in and through literacy.

In this session we invite you to witness illustrations of intergenerational literacies-in-action so as to explore what they can teach about the natures of literacy and wellbeing and how they can be fostered through each other.

We will share stories, images, texts, commentaries, and curricula hand-picked from decades of intergenerational program development, experience, and research, all with an eye to their potential for sparking discussion, reflection, and pedagogical action.

This session will be of interest to all literacy-involved professionals, especially those looking for ways to bring depth, joy, and meaning back to their daily practice and the diversity of children they serve.


Breakfast will be provided. Please be sure to share any food allergies or dietary restrictions on your registration.



Rachel Haydon, Ph.D., is a professor and faculty scholar in the Faculty of Education at Western University where her work focuses on intergenerational curricula for over twenty years. Her books in the area include, Learning at the ends of life: Children, elders, and literacies in intergenerational curriculum and Why multimodal literacy matters: (Re)conceptualizing literacy and wellbeing through singing-infused multimodal, intergenerational curricula. Rachel’s first teacher (and her first student) was her grandmother.

Sandra Poczobut is an artist, Ph.D. candidate at the Faculty of Education at Western University, and the former co-chair of the Elgin Children’s Network (ECN). Her research focuses on literacy, equity, and arts-based pedagogies.

Liz Akiwenzie is from both the Anishnaabe and Oneida Nations and comes from the Nayaashiingamiing (Cape Croker) First Nation. Liz has been working for over thirty years with traditional healing services at the community, organizational, and personal levels. Liz strives to bridge Western linear concepts of healing with Traditional circular concepts in an effort to create a space of respect and empowerment for all people. Liz is always eager to share her teachings and facilitate the necessary steps toward establishing healing and counselling relationships with those who are ready.


Saturday, November 5

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Boler Mountain

689 Girffith St, London, ON

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