Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



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.

January 28, 2016 - 9:18am
drying meatThis week I got to see one of our Skill Builders for Young Adults programs in action.  And, I learned how to dry muskox meat.

We offered Skill Builders for Young Adults training to 16 people from NWT communities last October.  Each person left knowing and understanding the nine essential skills - reading, writing, numeracy, document use, oral communication, thinking skills, working with others, computer use, and continuous learning. These skills provide a foundation for other learning.

January 21, 2016 - 8:07am
winter activitiesNational Family Literacy Day is just around the corner, on January 27. Here at the NWT Literacy Council we’ve been working hard to help communities host Family Literacy Day celebrations.

January 13, 2016 - 2:05pm

Uma Sivakumar became our new Office Manager in November. Uma Sivakumar became our new Office Manager in November.

In just two months working as the Office Manager, I’ve already had plenty of great experiences with the NWT Literacy Council, starting with a warm welcome from board members and staff last November.

January 7, 2016 - 8:21am

Transforming the early childhood workforceRecently I was lucky enough to attend a training institute put on by Zero to Three, a large American organization that works to ensure that babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

December 15, 2015 - 12:38pm

The Polar Bear Son, by Lydia Dabcovich
The Polar Bear Son is an Inuit tale retold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich.  It tells the story of an old Inuit woman who adopts an orphan polar bear that provides food for her as it grows up. The story is about motherly love towards an adopted child. I like this book so much I made a Storysack for the NWT Literacy Council.

- Pat


December 8, 2015 - 7:06pm
During the school year we usually spend a couple of evenings a month with students who attend Aurora College in Yellowknife and their families.

Students are busy people, especially if they have children.  It can be difficult for them to take their children to various events in town, so we bring crafts and fun times to the families through the Aurora College’s Family Night on Campus.

Children enjoy making art and coloring.  We let them explore their own ways to do their crafts, like making paper planes and coloring pictures.

December 2, 2015 - 10:23pm
The annual general meeting of the NWT Literacy Council took place on November 21, 2015 in conjunction with a face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors of the NWT Literacy Council.

November 24, 2015 - 9:31am

Children StoryChildren everywhere love our Storysacks.  They are a fun way to engage children in reading and enjoying books.


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