Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



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.

This job allows me to connect with a large number of educators who are all interested in literacy and youth education. So far I’ve especially enjoyed the people - everyone has been supportive and encouraging.  I enjoy answering phone calls and communicating with people from various northern communities.

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.

A Storysack is a bag that holds a children’s book, a non-fiction book related to the story’s content, an audio recording of the book and either store-bought or handmade (sewn, crocheted, knitted, etc.) props. 

November 20, 2015 - 11:50am

Thank you to the 18 MLA Candidates from across our Territory who have taken the time to think about and respond to literacy and essential skills issues that face our population.  Please take a moment to read the responses and see what commitment the candidates in your riding are pledging to make for the 18th sitting of our Legislative Assembly.

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- Kathryn Barry Paddock

November 10, 2015 - 2:35pm

In October, we held our three-day training on embedding literacy and essential skills in youth programs. The three days were filled with three facilitators, (Amanda from the NWT Literacy Council, Lisa Campbell and Sue Follinsbee, Evaluator) and people from the communities of Fort Providence, Yellowknife, N’dilo, Dettah, Whati, Nahanni Butte, Deline and Sachs Harbour. Our training was focused on the nine essential skills: reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, numeracy, document use, thinking, working with others, and continuous learning. Participants learned how to incorporate these essential skills into programming, and they will design their own programs for their community. One example that participants went through was a cooking program.


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