Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



November 4, 2015 - 3:04pm

I compile my kids’ artwork from school and home and I keep it in my scrapbook. Last week, after I returned from the Youth Literacy Training, I grabbed my scrapbook and both Jimmy and I browsed through our pictures. I told him that the NWT Literacy Council wanted me to share a blog on their website about how I encourage my children to be more creative with their drawings.

October 27, 2015 - 10:48am

HalloweenHalloween is upon us! What this means for northern kids is planning a costume that will be big enough to fit over a snowsuit, planning the best route for trick-or-treating, and finding the biggest pillowcase in the house to fill with candy on Halloween night.

There is a lot of excitement leading up to Halloween.  Why not harness some of that energy with some holiday-themed activities?

October 21, 2015 - 2:33pm

2015 has been a difficult year for many literacy organizations across the country.  We have seen the shuttering of Literacy NL, Literacy Alberta, the Centre for Literacy, COPIAN (formerly NALD – the National Adult Literacy Database) to name a few. 

The loss of national funding and support affected all provincial and territorial literacy coalitions, as well as national organizations.  Does this mean that literacy and essential skills (LES) levels have increased across the country to the point where these organizations have been made redundant?  Not quite.

October 15, 2015 - 10:37am

A northerner’s life in five booksGuest blogger, Ollie Williams, started a new podcast series for two reasons:  to get to know interesting northerners, and to learn about books he might not know about otherwise.

Can you tell a northerner's life story in five books?

October 7, 2015 - 5:29pm

Bison BusImagine … babies, toddlers, caregivers, books, games and a bison all together! Playing, singing, telling stories, reading books, doing crafts and laughing. That’s what you’ll see when our Bison Bus Mobile Family Centre goes on the road.

September 30, 2015 - 2:42pm

Blog-Universal child care study highlights benefitsEarly childhood education and care has so many benefits it’s little wonder it’s an election issue both federally and territorially.

The Feasibility Study of Universal, Affordable Day Care in the Northwest Territories outlines those benefits in the graphic copied here.

September 24, 2015 - 10:19am

2015 NWT literacy weekNWT Literacy Week is a good time to consider what role literacy skills play in your life, and what you can do to support literacy.  We’re all impacted by literacy  – as individuals, family and community members, employees, employers and taxpayers.

The adage “use it or lose it” is as true about our literacy skills as anything else.  If we don’t exercise them, literacy skills get rusty.  For me, math skills are most likely to become weak due to underuse.

September 17, 2015 - 1:27pm

Sept 17, 2015With just three weeks under my belt as the new Family Literacy Coordinator Trainee, I’ve already had so many opportunities and learning experiences with the Council.

August 27, 2015 - 8:03pm

My Summer with the Literacy CouncilOver the past few months I had the pleasure of working with the Literacy Council as this year's summer student.  I helped design and create resources, test science experiments and art recipes, and paint the brand new bookmobile my own choice of bright blue.

As much fun as those things were, what had the most impact was getting out into the community. Part of my job included going to the Yellowknife Farmers Market each week, visiting summer camps, and attending literacy events, even as far away as Fort Providence.

June 25, 2015 - 11:36am

Learning can be short!Mini.  Micro. Short. 

What do you think of when you see these terms?  I bet it wasn’t learning! 


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