This is an ongoing problem. If you cannot read, and read well, you cannot compete for jobs. I'm involved in a project to bring more free books to Nunavut but that's hardly enough. Better teaching with more resources at the primary level is needed.
From CBC this week:
"A survey released Tuesday morning shows adults in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have fallen behind Yukon and other provinces in terms of literacy and numeracy.
The Northwest Territories ranked 12th out of the 13 Canadian provinces and territories on an international survey compiled by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development.
Nunavut ranked last among Canadian jurisdictions."