Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



November 1, 2016 - 2:37pm
Our daily lives are filled with exposure to different media.  We are bombarded with movies, video games, commercials, internet, television, social media. 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much media can influence our thoughts and our behaviours. That makes media literacy an increasingly important life skill.

That’s why, for the past six years, a whole week is set aside to help us focus on media literacy. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation partners with the Media Awareness Network to promote Media Literacy Week – this year from October 31-November 4.

October 27, 2016 - 9:19am
Did you know that October is Health Literacy Month? The term “health literacy” refers to the skills people need to access, understand and use information in ways that help them maintain or improve their health.

Research shows that 55% of adults in Canada do not have good health literacy in all situations. Health is a complicated topic and health-related information changes all the time. So, it’s not too surprising that health literacy is a common challenge.

October 19, 2016 - 3:11pm
October marks Canada Library Month. If recent news stories are any indication, an event to highlight the importance of, and to celebrate libraries, is needed more than ever. In Newfoundland, public libraries are facing drastic cuts and closures. Here at home, the territorial law library is converted to a less than sufficient “resource center” while school districts cut the hours of school library staff and reduce budgets.

All of these cases, I believe, stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of libraries. They are based on an assumption that libraries are no longer relevant in the internet age. Self-fulfilling prophecies from a lack of investment have sabotaged library effectiveness.

October 12, 2016 - 8:44am
Today is International Plain Language Day. People are encouraged to ‘show and tell’ their clear communication successes.

One of our successes is our northern cookbook, Great Food for Northern Cooks, full of clear and easy recipes. Every cooking program in the Northwest Territories uses this book. We’re very proud of it.

We had great partners working on this project, including Yellowknife Health and Social Services and the NWT/Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program. The NWT Department of Health and Social Services gave us some of the money needed to produce it.

October 6, 2016 - 8:11am

Strategic planning. Budgeting. Policy updates. These are some of the necessary behind-the-scenes work that boards and staff tackle in non-profit organizations. The NWT Literacy Council is no exception. Last weekend the Literacy Council board members gathered in Yellowknife to host our Annual General Meeting and to finish updating their board handbook and personnel policies.

September 28, 2016 - 11:39am
While we’re celebrating NWT Literacy Week, others around Canada are celebrating Postmedia’s Raise-a-Reader Week. Although we don’t have this program in the NWT, the NWT Literacy Council can help you raise your own little reader!

September 22, 2016 - 8:26am

We're celebrating NWT Literacy Week September 25 through to October 1.

Each year we choose a theme that explores the connection that literacy and essential skills have to many aspects of our lives. This year, the theme is Tied to Tech. Technology has so many benefits, like helping us connect to the world, or learn a new language, but it also can be addictive, or lead to bullying and strained relationships. It’s important to think about the ways we use technology, and ask ourselves if we are really in control. We hope you take some time this week to think about how technology impacts your life.

September 15, 2016 - 9:08am
Have you ever considered the connection between violence at home and how a student acts and participates in the classroom?

Often we don’t see what students, friends or colleagues face at home, and bring with them to work, the classroom or social gatherings. Without knowing what takes place at home, we may misjudge someone’s actions or decisions.

This is Family Violence Awareness Week across the NWT, and a good opportunity to think about how family violence can impact learning, both for children and adults. Family violence may have been part of a learner’s life from childhood through adulthood, and they may currently experience it.

September 8, 2016 - 9:19am
International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates 50 years of local, national and international work and progress to increase literacy rates and boost literacy in the future. 

The goal of promoting literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies hasn’t really changed in the past five decades. Of course our ideas about literacy have evolved.  People today need to be able to do more than read and write to navigate the world around them.  There are other essential skills needed, such as digital literacy. 

We couldn’t agree more with the International Literacy Day statement by the Director General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations).

June 22, 2016 - 7:48pm

A bank for everyoneWhere would you cash your paycheque if you didn’t have a bank in your community or a bank account to electronically deposit your earnings? In many remote, northern communities access to bank services are few, far, in between, and non-existent. How could this be? Keep reading and you’ll find out.


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