Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential


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Trauma-informed practice essential for more than just educators

Kim Barthel delivered a fascinating workshop last week on trauma-informed practice that could impact the work of everyone who attended, including the six of us from the NWT Literacy Council.

We learned about how a person’s history can impact the DNA and behaviour of future generations, and how relationships are key to a learner’s success.

Tricks, Treats and Books

Calling all children from the ages of 0 - 6! Help us celebrate Halloween.

Drop in for our 3rd Annual Trick or Treat Book Give-Away at the NWT Literacy Council office from 9 am-6 pm on October 31.  If you don't live in Yellowknife or cannot make it into the office you can participate by posting a picture of your costumed child on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or by emailing one to We’ll mail your child a book. The deadline is November 6, 2017.

A Visit Will Get You Thinking

Thanks to our guest blogger, Megan Clark, the public services librarian at the Yellowknife Public Library.

October is Canadian Library Month and every year a different theme is chosen. This year’s theme is: A Visit Will Get You Thinking. The Yellowknife Public Library is such a lively and exciting place that my work day includes an abundance of thoughts about libraries. Today I highlight just two principles of librarianship that guide my days. These speak to what I love best about public libraries.

The Right to be Curious

Plain language improves customer relations

International Plain Language Day is October 13 and the theme this year is: Improving Customer Relations.

Clear, everyday words, and as few of them as possible, can help business, governments, and agencies improve relations with their clients, customers, supporters, and the people they serve.

International Plain Language Day encourages people to think about how they can communicate more clearly.

What a great way to celebrate NWT Literacy Week

Diavik Diamond Mine donated $15,000 late last week to support literacy in the communities where its NWT workers are based.

We’ll use the money to travel to Łutselk’e, the Tłı̨chǫ communities, Ndilo, and Dettah to give away books and host family literacy activities throughout the next year.

Thanks Diavik for recognizing the importance of early literacy. It’s critical to child development.  Family literacy activities help bond family members and set the stage for lifelong learning.


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