Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



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)

February 10, 2014 - 8:03pm

When you think of February 14th, do you think of roses, chocolates and kids giving cards to all their friends?  Valentine’s Day is a great time to remind the people around us that we care for them.  At the NWT Literacy Council we use this date to share the love of reading.

This is our second year participating in International Book Giving Day.  The idea of this day is to spread the love of learning and books, especially to children.

We encourage everyone to get involved in some way. Here are some ideas.

February 5, 2014 - 10:12am

You might find it hard to imagine a garden this time of year, when all you see is snow, ice and frozen everything.  Diving into a seed catalogue is an inexpensive way to experience a bit of summer.

January 29, 2014 - 1:52pm

After a year of delivering financial literacy workshops, some in small communities, I’ve really become aware of the lack of access to financial services in much of the NWT.

Without a bank in your community it’s difficult to impossible, for example, to set up a Registered Education Savings Plan to save for your child’s education.  Without a bank, you end up paying higher fees for cheque cashing services at a local business and to access cash.  Or, like many people in the NWT, you may not have a bank account at all. Sadly, it is often the people who can least afford it that pay higher fees and can’t afford regular trips to larger centres to do their banking.


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