Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



January 17, 2017 - 9:38am
When e-readers first started becoming popular, I was in the camp of people who rejected them. I would go on extended (and likely quite boring) monologues about how they were going to destroy the publishing industry and wreak havoc on local book stores.

I maintained that I would never get an e-reader because I liked the physical presence of a book, liked the heft of it and the feeling of the pages turning, liked seeing the artwork on the cover page, and occasionally a large 80’s-looking photo of the author on the back.

January 11, 2017 - 12:52pm
Do you want to read more during 2017? Reading is relaxing, informative and usually a better use of your time than binge-watching Netflix or checking social media.

Many people make it a New Year’s resolution to read more books. It’s such a popular goal, there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several apps! Apps like Bookout, and Bookling can keep you motivated by tracking your progress and reminding you to read.  They are like fitness trackers for your mind.

January 5, 2017 - 6:22pm
Before Christmas we got a shot of inspiration for our work supporting NWT communities to embed literacy and essential skills in community youth projects.

Along with several other northerners, we attended the annual Conference Board of Canada Skills and Post-Secondary Education Summit in Toronto.

December 14, 2016 - 1:28pm
It’s becoming a tradition for the NWT Literacy Council folks to share their Christmas book giving ideas. Here’s what we are giving for gifts this year.

Home is Burning - A Memoir, by Dan Marshall
December 7, 2016 - 8:51am
International Human Rights Day is December 10th and celebrates the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948. The NWT Human Rights Commission celebrates this day every year.

The Commission works to promote equality and human rights and to prevent discrimination under the NWT Human Rights Act. This law applies to everyone in the NWT. To promote human rights the Commission is hoping to create a culture of kindness in the North. One of the ways the Commission works toward this goal is through our Stories for Peace project.

December 1, 2016 - 9:27am
I spent last week crafting felt stories, making ice cream, getting to know new people, and singing songs. No, I wasn’t on vacation; I was at the NWT Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Training Institute. Family literacy workers from all over the NWT gathered in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) to attend this annual training.

The NWT Literacy Council offered training on the basic theory of family literacy, how to run several of our family literacy programs, and the latest science on brain and language development. Charlotte Upton, the Council’s Family and Community Literacy Coordinator, and other Council staff members facilitated the training.

November 23, 2016 - 2:16pm
Look for us at Healthy Living Fairs. We’ll have as many of our resources to give away as we can carry.

Last week we left Yellowknife with 50 kilograms of luggage and returned from Délı̨ne with only 4.5 kilograms. 

November 17, 2016 - 9:49am
In October, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 20th Inuit Studies Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We were honoured to have our film Hivulipita Uqauhiit Tuppaaqtauffaaqtut: Awakening Our Ancestors’ Words selected as part of the Katingavik Inuit Arts Festival.

This film is about a visit several Elders and researchers from Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay made to interact with Inuinnait objects that are housed at the British Museum. The trip was part of the Council’s Ulukhaktok Literacies Research Project. Despite a few technical difficulties, the film was a resounding success.

November 8, 2016 - 9:10am
I've learned many things about finances and money as an accounting student. Here are my three most important tips for managing money.

Know where your money goes

More often than not we are unaware of where we spend our money. We’re confused about where it goes and why we aren’t closer to meeting our savings goals. One way to see where it all goes is to write down or track all of your spending for a month. November is Financial Literacy Month, What a great month to start. Write down what comes in from salary or benefits and what you spend it on. This will help you spend on the things that are most important to you.

Learn about credit cards
November 1, 2016 - 2:37pm
Our daily lives are filled with exposure to different media.  We are bombarded with movies, video games, commercials, internet, television, social media. 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much media can influence our thoughts and our behaviours. That makes media literacy an increasingly important life skill.

That’s why, for the past six years, a whole week is set aside to help us focus on media literacy. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation partners with the Media Awareness Network to promote Media Literacy Week – this year from October 31-November 4.


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