Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



February 16, 2017 - 7:42am
We held our very first Granny and Grampa Talking Bags workshop in Yellowknife in January. The purpose of the workshop was to help elders effectively use the Granny and Grampa Talking Bags in their communities and regions so that their knowledge becomes more accessible to families and programming.

The Granny and Grampa Talking Bags are an intergenerational resource designed to help involve elders in community programs and to give children an opportunity to learn about their cultures through oral traditions in a formal learning environment. We’ve come to understand that learning their language and culture helps to build children’s self-esteem and social identity at an early age.

February 8, 2017 - 7:33am
When you think of February 14, do you imagine cards, chocolates, hearts and roses? Many people think of it as the day of love, while others consider Valentine’s Day a commercial holiday, pushed on us by greeting card companies.

At the NWT Literacy Council, we celebrate February 14 by marking International Book Giving Day.

February 2, 2017 - 1:24pm
Essential skills are the foundational skills people need to participate effectively in all areas of their lives – home, community, learning, and work. They are the building blocks, or the foundation, that let people learn new skills.

People benefit when they have essential skills

Essential skills help people to:

  •  learn new things

  •  achieve greater independence

  •  develop and improve their self-esteem and self-respect

  •  solve problems more effectively

  •  communicate more effectively

  •  have better health and well-being
January 26, 2017 - 1:13pm

This year marks Canada’s 18th year of celebrating National Family Literacy Day each January 27. Family Literacy Day reminds us to take time to learn together and receive the huge benefits for both adults and children.

Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of family literacy.  It helps us spread the word that learning can take place through a variety of different activities —reading and telling stories, playing games, going for a walk, on-the-land activities, or any quality time families spend together.

January 17, 2017 - 9:38am
When e-readers first started becoming popular, I was in the camp of people who rejected them. I would go on extended (and likely quite boring) monologues about how they were going to destroy the publishing industry and wreak havoc on local book stores.

I maintained that I would never get an e-reader because I liked the physical presence of a book, liked the heft of it and the feeling of the pages turning, liked seeing the artwork on the cover page, and occasionally a large 80’s-looking photo of the author on the back.

January 11, 2017 - 12:52pm
Do you want to read more during 2017? Reading is relaxing, informative and usually a better use of your time than binge-watching Netflix or checking social media.

Many people make it a New Year’s resolution to read more books. It’s such a popular goal, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several apps! Apps like Bookout, and Bookling can keep you motivated by tracking your progress and reminding you to read.  They are like fitness trackers for your mind.

January 5, 2017 - 6:22pm
Before Christmas we got a shot of inspiration for our work supporting NWT communities to embed literacy and essential skills in community youth projects.

Along with several other northerners, we attended the annual Conference Board of Canada Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit in Toronto.

December 14, 2016 - 1:28pm
It’s becoming a tradition for the NWT Literacy Council folks to share their Christmas book giving ideas. Here’s what we are giving for gifts this year.

Home is Burning - A Memoir, by Dan Marshall
December 7, 2016 - 8:51am
International Human Rights Day is December 10th and celebrates the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948. The NWT Human Rights Commission celebrates this day every year.

The Commission works to promote equality and human rights and to prevent discrimination under the NWT Human Rights Act. This law applies to everyone in the NWT. To promote human rights the Commission is hoping to create a culture of kindness in the North. One of the ways the Commission works toward this goal is through our Stories for Peace project.

December 1, 2016 - 9:27am
I spent last week crafting felt stories, making ice cream, getting to know new people, and singing songs. No, I wasn’t on vacation; I was at the NWT Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Training Institute. Family literacy workers from all over the NWT gathered in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) to attend this annual training.

The NWT Literacy Council offered training on the basic theory of family literacy, how to run several of our family literacy programs, and the latest science on brain and language development. Charlotte Upton, the Council’s Family and Community Literacy Coordinator, and other Council staff members facilitated the training.


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