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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.

April 6, 2016 - 3:58am

 Parents take a breakTake a Break!  That is the name and the message of a new parent engagement program that we are testing at the NWT Literacy Council.

March 31, 2016 - 9:32am

read to relaxI have always been an anxious person. In my university days my anxiety really kicked in, and I would awake in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep because I was worrying about an assignment due weeks away. This usually resulted in me staying up working on it, then heading to classes the next day utterly exhausted but with a rough draft complete.

March 17, 2016 - 6:22am

Baby BoxesBaby onesies, a snow suit, other warm clothes, diapers, a box for a new baby to sleep in, bedding, a book, and on and on … Those are a few of the 50 items every new mum in Finland finds in their Finnish Baby Box.


The Finnish Baby Box began more than 75 years ago. Originally available only to families with low incomes, now all expectant mothers can receive the package if they register for a maternal and child health program. The Finnish Government funds the project with the goal of giving all children in Finland an equal start in life.

March 10, 2016 - 3:42am

Story Walk'sStory Walks© are fun for children and for us.  Our biggest challenge preparing for recent Story Walks© was coming up with active "challenges" for the children that relate to the books that we read along our walks.  But it was so worth it. 


Story Walks© combine the pleasure of reading a book aloud with the benefits of being active and outside. Story Walks© develop a child’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and adults. They combine early literacy, family engagement, and physical activity.

March 3, 2016 - 3:48am

March is my favourite time of year. The sun is warmer and it’s up longer each day.  I feel refreshed, energetic and am anxious to be outdoors.  Everyone around me seems happier.


There’s another reason to celebrate.  It’s NWT Aboriginal Languages Month and it’s hard not to be inspired by Jacey Firth Hagen, the young Gwich’in woman leading the social media Gwich’in Language Revival Campaign #SpeakGwich’inToMe.  You can read her story on page 8 of the brand new issue of our newsletter, Literacy Matters.

February 23, 2016 - 7:59pm

What about the Men?Perhaps you’ve heard about the What About the Men? Northern Men’s Research Project. The final report, released in early January, received a lot of publicity.  We did this research in partnership with our colleagues at the Yukon Literacy Coalition, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ilitaqsiniq – the Nunavut Literacy Council, who led the project.  It was funded by Employment and Skills Development Canada.

February 15, 2016 - 4:26pm

Cut off BlogMy name’s Mya and I’m 13 years old. I recently read the book Cut Off, by Jamie Bastedo.  I was surprised that I liked this book since it’s not the kind of novel I usually read, but after the first few pages I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


I mostly read supernatural romances, but I’m really glad that I tried something new.  I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  This book was amazing.  It is about a teenager with an Internet addiction, who loses his dog, suffers from depression and ends up moving to Canada.  There is even a little romance.

February 11, 2016 - 11:43am

Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important festival for Chinese all over the world; February 8 marked the first day or 2016.  Unofficial statistics place the population of Chinese who reside in Yellowknife at around 200 people. For a small Chinese community like this, the celebration this year was particularly special.


A local organization called Northern Star Chinese Classics for Children collaborated with several agencies, including the Literacy Outreach Centre (a partnership of Aurora College and Yellowknife Association for Community Living), Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Integration Office at Aurora College, and the NWT Literacy Council –  to organize a half-day community event at the museum this past Saturday.

February 2, 2016 - 9:17pm

Joy of readingI have always loved reading. When I was a child, one of my favourite games was playing “library” in my upstairs loft. In this game, I would serve as the librarian, dutifully helping the visitor pick out a book from my parents’ bookshelves.


We had an old broken computer up there too, and I would type away on it, letting the visitor know when their book needed to be returned. I was at an age where my older brothers no longer liked to play make believe, so I was often playing this game alone, but it never bothered me that I had to serve as the librarian AND the library visitor.

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