Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



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

  •  achieve higher levels of education and earn more money

  •  use new technology

  •  be flexible and able to adapt to change

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.

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.

November 23, 2016 - 2:16pm

Look for us at Healthy Living Fairs. We’ll have as many of our resources to give away as we can carry.

Last week we left Yellowknife with 50 kilograms of luggage and returned from Délı̨ne with only 4.5 kilograms. 

November 17, 2016 - 9:49am

In October, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 20th Inuit Studies Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We were honoured to have our film Hivulipita Uqauhiit Tuppaaqtauffaaqtut: Awakening Our Ancestors’ Words selected as part of the Katingavik Inuit Arts Festival.

This film is about a visit several Elders and researchers from Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay made to interact with Inuinnait objects that are housed at the British Museum. The trip was part of the Council’s Ulukhaktok Literacies Research Project. Despite a few technical difficulties, the film was a resounding success.


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