Club Amick was established as part of the Aboriginal Literacy Initiative in 2006, by then Lieutenant-Governor, the Honourable Mr. James Bartleman. The Aboriginal Literacy Initiative consisted of four components; the Lieutenant Governor’s Aboriginal Book Drive, the Aboriginal School Twinning Program, the Aboriginal Summer Literacy Camps, and the Club Amick Book Club. Club Amick serves to bridge the gap between summer literacy camps so that First Nations youth continue to receive reading support throughout the year.
Since 2006, over 170,000 books and magazines have been sent to children in Ontario’s North.
35 northern Ontario communities participate in the Club Amick program. These communities belong to the Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation territory covers about two-thirds of the province of Ontario, stretching across the north about seven hundred miles in length and four hundred miles in width; from the Manitoba border on the west to the Quebec border on the east, from the Hudson’s and James Bay watersheds in the north to roughly the Canadian National Railway line in the south.
Communities participating in the Club Amick program include:
|Aroland||Kashechewan||North Spirit Lake|
|Bearskin Lake||Kingfisher Lake||Poplar Hill|
|Big Trout Lake||Lac Seul||Red Lake|
|Cat Lake||Long Lac 58||Sachigo Lake|
|Constance Lake||Marten Falls||Sandy Lake|
|Deer Lake||Mattagami||Slate Falls|
|Fort Albany||Moose Cree||Wapekaka|
|Fort Severn||Muskrat Dam||Webequie|
|Kasabonika Lake||Nibinamik||Wunnumin Lake|
|Kenora||North Caribou Lake|