Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



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. 

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.

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.

Planning a garden is a perfect way to do family literacy activities that the whole family-from toddlers to elders-can learn from and enjoy.  Planning a garden can involve reading, using numbers, making diagrams, using a computer, learning new words, doing research, organizing thoughts, using your imagination, and of course having fun.  Here are some ideas to get you and your family started.


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.

January 23, 2014 - 2:49pm

The suggestion in the new Literacy Council booklet, Children Need Play Every Day, to let children take the lead during play struck a chord with me.

It’s easy for adults to forget how to really play.  Sometimes we let product take over process or play.  We need to be reminded to just let things happen. 

January 14, 2014 - 2:56pm

National Family Literacy Day is quickly sneaking up on us.   If you’re in the same situation, you’ll be happy to find new resources up on our website to help you celebrate.

We produced a new booklet called, Children Need Play Every Day.  It’s a great handout and discussion tool for parents. 

We also created a colourful family literacy infographic that talks about what family literacy is and why it’s important.  We hope you’ll share this with family, friends, work colleagues and perhaps even your Member of the Legislative Assembly.  It’s important that everyone realize the importance and long-term benefits of family literacy.

January 6, 2014 - 4:47pm

The New Year is when we resolve to do better and be better.  The NWT Literacy Council is no different. 

We have a link to our blog on our new website, but during 2013 blogging regularly got pushed off the side of everyone’s desks in light of more urgent tasks.  2014 will be different!  We WILL blog. 

We want our blog to be a place we can raise literacy issues and share information.  We want it to be interactive and stimulate discussion.  We welcome ideas for topics for our blog and guest bloggers.

Our second resolution, as an organization, is to hire a new executive director so I can retire.  Much as I love my work, it’s time for me to step back and for new leadership.  The board is working on this. 


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