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June 25, 2014 - 3:42pm



School’s out and the summer slide starts! 


Summer slide?  It's not a new game, nor something you find in a playground.  It's the brain-drain that happens during the holiday months when kids are out of class.  Academic skills tend to slip away during the summer if students aren't actively engaged in learning.  Math, spelling, and reading skills suffer the most.

June 18, 2014 - 11:13am



I was honoured to attend the recent Aurora College Developmental Studies completion ceremonies for some very impressive adult learners in Yellowknife. 


These learners excelled in their adult upgrading and access programs. The first two graduates under the college’s new Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) program also were honored for completing their senior secondary diplomas.

June 11, 2014 - 1:14pm

Guest Blog By Cathy Jewison


“I had no idea this festival was so big,” a friend said, as we stood in front of the book table at the NorthWords gala.


My friend is right.  The NorthWords Writers Festival covers a lot of ground in four short days.


Now in its ninth year, NorthWords brings together celebrity authors from across Canada, along with local writers and people who love to read.  The festival provides plenty of opportunity for northerners to mix with visiting authors at lunchtime readings, evening open mikes, the DeBeers gala, workshops and mentoring sessions.

June 4, 2014 - 10:06am



What can you do with pipe cleaners, drinking straws, dice, wooden beads and paperclips?  Build a brain, of course! 


My brain building exercise was part of a great workshop that I attended called “Let’s Talk About the Early Years – Early Brain Development & Family Literacy” at the Centre for Family Literacy’s Family Literacy Training Institute in Calgary in May.  The workshop helped us understand the importance of building a solid foundation for a child’s lifelong development via healthy brain building. 

May 28, 2014 - 1:01pm



Week one as the Literacy Council executive director was a whirlwind.


My first impression was gratitude.  I am thankful that the Council is a well-oiled machine with competent, dedicated staff members.  All the staff members, as well as contractors, know what they are doing and work incredibly hard from what I have observed so far.  They will carry on while I get myself up to speed.

May 22, 2014 - 9:16am



These were the words of one of the people who came to our Aboriginal Languages in the Home workshop last week in Yellowknife.


We discussed possible ways to mobilize, motivate and inspire people to learn and speak their Aboriginal language.  We organized the workshop to get direction on how we could best meet our mandate to support Aboriginal language and literacies development. 

May 12, 2014 - 8:45am



There was a buzz of excitement at Yukon College in late April that I’m not sure we’ve heard before in the adult education world up north. 


Innovative, transformational, successful – these were all words I heard repeatedly when I was lucky enough to attend the tri-territorial symposium on adult education in Whitehorse, Yukon.  And I’m proud to say that the NWT Literacy Council was a part of some of those innovative initiatives.


Four keynote speakers addressed the participants:

May 6, 2014 - 8:34pm



Over the last two years we travelled around the NWT to talk to communities about financial literacy and I have learned so much!


One thing I have been most excited to hear about is the Canada Learning Bond.  As a recent university graduate who left school very much in debt, I know how much this free money could help our northern students.

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.


The job has lots of variety

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!

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