Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



November 15, 2017 - 6:25pm

There has been a great deal of research in recent years into how the brain develops.  We know that healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for kids to succeed in school and at work, and leads to better community health and wellness.

We also know that the brain starts with simple circuits that develop into more complex circuits with age and experience. The genes we get from our parents provide the basic blueprint. Our early experiences influence how those genes are expressed to shape learning, health, and behavior down the road.  Positive early experiences are critical for creating a strong brain foundation.

November 9, 2017 - 11:40am

You wouldn’t think an on-the-land program — especially one promoting Dene ways of life  — would involve packing a suitcase full of iPads and digital cameras. But that’s the way it’s been for the first two Dene Ts'ı̨lı̨ (Dene Way of Life) School sessions in the Sahtú region.

October 31, 2017 - 2:50pm

Kim Barthel delivered a fascinating workshop last week on trauma-informed practice that could impact the work of everyone who attended, including the six of us from the NWT Literacy Council.

We learned about how a person’s history can impact the DNA and behaviour of future generations, and how relationships are key to a learner’s success.

Probably more than one workshop participant wishes they had this kind of information earlier in their career. I know I did. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment hosted the workshop I attended. Kim delivered her message to justice and health workers as well while in Yellowknife.

Kim is an Occupational Therapist, perhaps best known for co-authoring a book with former NHL hockey player, Theo Fleury.

October 25, 2017 - 4:28pm

Calling all children from the ages of 0 - 6! Help us celebrate Halloween.

Drop in for our 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Book Give-Away at the NWT Literacy Council office from 9 am-6 pm on October 31.  If you don't live in Yellowknife or cannot make it into the office you can participate by posting a picture of your costumed child on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or by emailing one to We’ll mail your child a book. The deadline is November 6, 2017.

October 19, 2017 - 6:17pm

Thanks to our guest blogger, Megan Clark, the public services librarian at the Yellowknife Public Library.

October is Canadian Library Month and every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is: A Visit Will Get You Thinking. The Yellowknife Public Library is such a lively and exciting place that my work day includes an abundance of thoughts about libraries. Today I highlight just two principles of librarianship that guide my days. These speak to what I love best about public libraries.

The Right to be Curious

October 11, 2017 - 8:10pm

Look for us at a Healthy Living Fair in your community this winter. We’ll be at the table with the homemade play dough!

The Government of the NWT’s Department of Health and Social Services sponsors the fairs and we’re grateful that they invite us.

Being a part of the fairs gives us a chance to meet with people we don’t normally have a chance to connect with, check in with our literacy partners across the NWT, and give out our resources to people that need them. We bring a suitcase jam-packed with resources. Recipes for Fun, the Healthy Aboriginal Network comic books, and our plain language writing guides are always popular. We also bring mini-books and homemade play dough to give to younger visitors to the fairs.

October 4, 2017 - 2:34pm

International Plain Language Day is October 13 and the theme this year is: Improving Customer Relations.

Clear, everyday words, and as few of them as possible, can help business, governments, and agencies improve relations with their clients, customers, supporters, and the people they serve.

International Plain Language Day encourages people to think about how they can communicate more clearly.

September 26, 2017 - 1:51pm

Diavik Diamond Mine donated $15,000 late last week to support literacy in the communities where its NWT workers are based.

We’ll use the money to travel to Łutselk’e, the Tłı̨chǫ communities, Ndilo, and Dettah to give away books and host family literacy activities throughout the next year.

Thanks Diavik for recognizing the importance of early literacy. It’s critical to child development.  Family literacy activities help bond family members and set the stage for lifelong learning.

“Reading is a healthy family activity and we want to make family literacy activities and books available to all communities,” says Diavik’s community advisor, Winter Haley.

NWT Literacy Week continues until September 30, 2017.

— Kathryn Barry Paddock

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?


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