Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



April 19, 2017 - 9:34am

Last week was such an inspiration! The elders at the Indigenous Languages Network Gathering in Yellowknife made statements such as: "The gift of our language is very powerful" and "It's all in our hearts" and "There's a magic to it."

For the fourth year, the NWT Literacy Council has brought together the coordinators of the Indigenous language communities. They share information about their work, support each other, and look for solutions to the barriers to Indigenous language revitalization.

April 6, 2017 - 8:42am

I was reminded again of the power of personal stories last week. I listened to four women from Kenya, the Philippines, Iran and India tell their stories of coming to Canada at a conference in Calgary. Some were fleeing from persecution in their country. Others wanted to make a better life for their children. Some were highly skilled workers who came for employment for themselves or their spouse. All of their stories were touching.

March 29, 2017 - 12:37pm

It has long been a dream of CBC broadcasters and many people in the North to preserve the rich collection of content we have in Indigenous languages. CBC is now embarking on this project.

It is a project ‘of the heart’. Our Indigenous language collection represents a living record of the languages and cultures of the North. The preservation and restoration of the collection speaks to the mandate and values of the CBC.

Our plan is to digitise, catalogue and make available online ALL CBC North television and radio content broadcast in Inuktitut, Gwich’in, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, Tłı̨chǫ, South Slavey, Chipewyan, and Cree. This includes all the content in our archives and future broadcasts.

March 22, 2017 - 1:36pm

What do health and wellness and literacy have to do with each other? A lot! Research shows that people with higher levels of literacy and essential skills are generally healthier and live longer.

They are better able to communicate with health care providers, navigate the health care system, and have fewer medication errors. They tend to have higher incomes and are able to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and diet. Our health and wellness impact our ability to learn and develop our skills.  At the same time, higher literacy levels generally result in children having healthy food to fuel their school day, and more active Elders able to learn new things.

March 15, 2017 - 2:55pm

Parents, educators, politicians and community members are looking for ideas to get NWT children on the right track for their education. One of the most-often asked questions I get from parents and early childhood educators is how to give children a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Since parents are their children’s first teachers, I usually suggest activities that they can easily do together at home like singing and rhyming, playing games, dancing, going out on the land, storytelling, and of course reading together! This is how our new project, Dream, Play, Grow began.

March 14, 2017 - 8:15am

We are celebrating NWT Indigenous Languages Month during the month of March. To help support NWT Indigenous languages, we launched a social media campaign called #MyLanguageMatters. We hope to engage and challenge people across the NWT to speak their Indigenous language. You can take part by uploading your video on social media.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Introduce yourself using your Indigenous language.

  2. Explain why your language matters to you.

  3. Challenge others to upload their video using their language.

Use the #MyLanguageMatters hashtag for a chance to win great weekly prizes!

March 1, 2017 - 11:54am

Happy International Women’s Day on March 8! For me, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the opportunities I have available to me — I can attend university, I can vote, I can buy a house, and I can do all these things wearing pants (if I want to) — and to celebrate the women that helped make these things possible.

But it’s also a day to ask questions. Questions such as: Why do women, who make up nearly half of the population of the NWT, make up only 18% of our territorial Legislative Assembly? Why doesn’t the Legislative Assembly of the NWT have a policy about an MLA becoming pregnant during her term? How can only two women in our legislature represent the diversity of NWT women’s voices and issues?

February 22, 2017 - 9:32pm

Dear Stuart,

I don’t think for a minute you will remember me. But I remember you. Like many other Canadians, I followed your documentaries on Sunday Morning. I laughed at the ailing cricket adventure on Morningside. (“That cricket is not well, Stuart.”) And, of course, I loved The Vinyl Café. Letters were an important part of that program, so I decided to write this one to you.

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.


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