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April 24, 2014 - 1:09am



We’re hiring a summer student.  I worked at the Council for four summers and highly recommend this summer job.  Here are my top four reasons why.

April 16, 2014 - 9:27am


Free money with no strings attached doesn’t happen very often.  So when it does, we want the people who need the money the most to get the windfall. 


The Canada Learning Bond is a national program to help lower-income families save for their child’s education.  We found out about the program and the low uptake while doing research and delivering financial literacy workshops.  Only about 8% of the eligible NWT children receive the Canada Learning Bond!

April 9, 2014 - 11:42am



A new northern network is becoming a force to be reckoned with.


In October 2012, the NWT Literacy Council, the Nunavut Literacy Council and the Yukon Literacy Coalition hosted the successful symposium on skill development, Made in the North. We wanted to focus on literacy and skill development issues specific to the north.


We brought together 140 people with an interest in skill development: adult educators, college instructors, training organizations, ASETS holders (Aboriginal Skills and Training), community members, language leaders, labour, business and industry.

April 3, 2014 - 3:00am



Adult education is an important, but often misunderstood part of the education continuum.  Here’s why we’re happy there’s a week to celebrate adult learners.


Adult education programs give people a second, and sometimes a third or fourth chance to develop the skills they need for today’s world.  The programs are usually community-based and target youth and adults who were not successful in the school system.  These programs include academic upgrading and skills-based courses.

March 27, 2014 - 11:46am

Aboriginal Languages Month is a perfect time to make sure you are writing NWT place names, such as Łutselk'e and Délı̨ne correctly. 

March 18, 2014 - 12:31pm


Andrea Tetlichi, of Fort McPherson (Tetl’it Zheh), is mixing new technology with traditional teachings from elders to teach Gwich’in to her seven-month-old son, Ryan.


“I am using the Gwich'in Alpha app on my iPad which is very helpful to me.  I also take my son to his Jijuu (great-grandmother), Jane Charlie, who likes to speak the language a lot to me and my son,” says Andrea.  “Ryan’s lucky to have a Jijii (great-grandfather), William (Happy) Robert, who also wants to keep the language alive for the younger generation.

March 12, 2014 - 11:21am


Guest Blog by Peggy Holroyd and Hugh Moloney


The Wiiliideh language word for “white person” is “kwedone,” which literally means “rock person.  This comes from one of the first experiences that the Yellowknives Dene had with prospectors who came North in search of gold.

March 3, 2014 - 6:04pm


Aboriginal Languages Month is a perfect time to highlight the Aboriginal language resources on our website. 


We have family literacy resources in all of the NWT Aboriginal languages to help families share Aboriginal languages and culture. 


  • Building Aboriginal Literacy cards show families how children learn language and provide ideas for helping that process along.

February 25, 2014 - 7:53pm


Here is our list of gardening books we promised to share in our recent blog, “How to garden in February".  These are some of our favourites for families.  You might find some of these books in your community or school library.  If not, ask if they can order a few of them.  

Picture books for very young children (and adults who love picture books)
February 20, 2014 - 12:14pm
If you want to find out how to improve your health and well-being, head over to Ècole Sir John Franklin School this weekend to the NWT Wellness Conference.  The NWT Literacy Council will be there, along with about 400 other participants.


As a literacy council we’re interested in wellness, because the overall health literacy in Canada is low, and it’s even lower in the NWT. Almost 60% of our population has low literacy levels.


Percent distribution of NWT health literacy proficiency levels, adult population (16 and over), 2003 (Source: Canadian Council on Learning)



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