Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



June 15, 2016 - 4:44pm

Here in the NWT we may look forward more than anywhere else in Canada to National Aboriginal Day on June 21.  That’s because this is the only place in Canada where it’s a statutory holiday.

Aboriginal Day is more than just a chance to enjoy the summer solstice.  I hope you will get out and participate in the wonderful community activities planned across the NWT.  Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous Canadians and their contributions to the fabric of your community and country.

June 9, 2016 - 2:36pm
Increasing need for English Language learningTake a walk down Franklin Avenue and you will quickly see that the small capital city of Yellowknife is hugely multicultural!  We wonder, “How did they end up here?” Or more importantly, “How are they surviving in Yellowknife?”  The first question is their story to tell, but the second one is our concern.

June 1, 2016 - 4:59pm
Community buildingCommunity Building. Community Enterprise. Workforce Development. These were the themes at the heart of Econous 2016, the national Community Economic Development Conference, which I attended in Montreal in May.  

May 25, 2016 - 8:05pm
May is Speech and Hearing Month.  Speech, language, and hearing are all linked to literacy. Children who have smaller vocabularies as preschoolers are more likely to struggle with learning to read.   Children who have trouble pronouncing sounds can have difficulty learning to spell and sound out words.  Children with undiagnosed hearing loss are at risk for reading and other academic delays.  What can we do to put kids on the right track in these areas before they start school?


These activities help promote language skills in preschoolers.
    May 18, 2016 - 5:31pm
    we love artists toursThe NWT Centennial Library in Hay River was very lucky to have a visit from the acclaimed French Canadian illustrator, Geneviève Després, during the 2016 TD Canada Children's Book Week. She gave a workshop on the process of illustration, using one of her books.

    May 11, 2016 - 6:13pm
    Learning more about family literacyLast week Sandhya Koirala, the assistant librarian at the Inuvik Public Library and I were lucky enough to attend the Training Institute 2016, held by the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton. It was a great week filled with learning, fun, and getting to meet others in the family literacy field.

    May 4, 2016 - 4:49pm

    We were very interested in the recent labour market forecast for the NWT.  That’s because the NWT Literacy Council exists to promote and support the skills that enable NWT residents to participate fully in work, community, and families.

    April 27, 2016 - 10:43am

    Free libraryThe Yellowknife Public Library hosted a Little Free Libraries workshop recently with Eric Binion and Simon Taylor, a local architect. Eric built Yellowknife’s very first little free book exchange.

    This summary will hopefully inspire you to create your very own in whatever corner of the Northwest Territories you live.

    April 19, 2016 - 4:37pm
    When I got to my house on a sunny day

    I found a note pinned to my door,

    It was from Aggie and what she had to say

    She sure liked my verses and asked me for more.

    She told me that April was poetry month

    I said that I wasn’t a poet

    I told her that I was a versifier

    And she said “well, don’t I know it”

    “But couldn’t you come up with three hundred words?”

    She said “I need them for a blog…”

    I told her that maybe I’ll write about birds

    but then got a look from my dog

    April 14, 2016 - 9:00am
    indspire“Our children and youth are the change makers of the future. Education is the key. If youth are supported they will change their circumstances, communities, and this country,” Roberta Jamieson told people at a fundraising luncheon in Yellowknife last week. Ms. Jamieson is the President and CEO of Indspire, an indigenous-led charitable foundation that invests in the education of indigenous people and inspires achievement.


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