Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



September 21, 2017 - 11:38am

The lasting impacts of residential schools were brought home this past weekend. Maggie Mercredi facilitated a half-day workshop about the residential school legacy for our board and staff members.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants had varied experiences and exposure to the residential school legacy. We shared some laughter, amidst emotional reactions of sadness, hurt, discomfort and pain. Two residential school survivors shared their experiences, along with an intergenerational survivor, Maxine Lacorne.

There were many lessons learned.

September 13, 2017 - 2:10pm

By now, you may have heard about physical literacy. Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical skills (competence), and knowledge to be physically active for life.  But you may wonder, as did one of our Facebook friends, what does this have to do with literacy?

September 7, 2017 - 10:03am

Literacy in a digital world is this year’s theme for International Literacy Day, celebrated each year on September 8.

The digital world is opening up opportunities for people at home, at work, and in their community. The pace of change has been rapid. The internet has become our major source of information and connection in only a decade or so.

We often view our photos only on electronic devices. We can check all the holdings in the NWT public library system online, and read books without paper. Through YouTube we learn how to fix drywall cracks, change a washer in a leaky tap and teach someone how to ride a bike.

June 21, 2017 - 8:03pm

The Indspire Youth Laureates Cross Canada Tour made a stop in Yellowknife Tuesday, with three laureates sharing their inspirational stories of post-secondary education. These speakers are taking different educational paths, but had common struggles. They shared tips for success with Indigenous students.

June 14, 2017 - 6:32pm

For the first time in my life, I recently had the opportunity to skin a muskrat, make dry meat, and hunt, fish and trap. I learned about the hard work it takes to ensure one’s survival on the land, as well as what it means to work together to build community.

All this happened during my week at the cultural camp organized each year by the Aurora College Social Work Program. Elders and support staff from Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ and Fort Simpson provided us opportunities to learn from the land through oral storytelling and hands-on experience.

June 8, 2017 - 9:01am

The 12th Annual NorthWords Writers Festival was this past weekend in Yellowknife, Hay River and Ndilǫ. This year’s festival began in Ndilǫ with a family barbeque, prayers, songs, stories, and speeches. We were honored to have Education, Culture and Employment Minister, Alfred Moses, and Chief Ernest Betsina officially open the festival this year. The opening ceremonies were sponsored by our long-time partner, the NWT Literacy Council.

May 31, 2017 - 1:31pm

How does making something out of duct tape help increase youth literacy and essential skills? How can a cooking class develop literacy skills beyond just reading a recipe and measuring ingredients? Can digital technology get young people interested in learning again? The answers were covered in our recent Skill Builders for Youth training event.

Nine participants travelled recently from Deline, Tulita, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, and Hay River for this training. They learned how to embed literacy and essential skills learning into existing youth programs, and how to create new programs. Participants came from libraries, schools, youth centres, and other community groups. Many have worked on youth projects before, and brought many wonderful ideas with them.

May 24, 2017 - 5:43pm

Birds are returning, the ice is leaving, the first tentative flowers and leaves are boldly bursting out - summer is in the air! After a busy winter full of community visits, conferences, and training events we’re gearing up for summer family literacy activities.

We’ve pulled our Book Mobile out of the shed and pumped up the tires to get ready for our weekly visits to the Yellowknife Farmer's Market. Between June 6 and August 29 we’ll give away books at the market and host family-friendly activities.

May 17, 2017 - 10:24am

Literacy is a life long journey. It begins at birth with parents talking, singing, cooking, making things, reading, playing games, telling stories and sharing experiences with their child. At the NWT Literacy Council, we call this stage of the literacy journey “family literacy”. It starts at birth and lasts until a child enters elementary school.

Family literacy is about families doing things together in their everyday lives. Family literacy is based on the understanding that school is not the only place where learning happens — parents are their children's first teachers. Both parents and children benefit from spending time and learning together.

May 10, 2017 - 8:14pm

This is an exciting week for a lover of Canadian children’s books, a proud mom, and a very thankful daughter. It’s TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, May 6-13, and then Mother’s Day is on Sunday.

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the amazing work of Canadian authors. The many talented children’s authors in Canada make it hard to pick my favourites.


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