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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.

On-The-Land Programs Important Part of Northern Education

For the first time in my life, I recently had the opportunity to skin a muskrat, make dry meat, and hunt, fish and trap. I learned about the hard work it takes to ensure one’s survival on the land, as well as what it means to work together to build community.

All this happened during my week at the cultural camp organized each year by the Aurora College Social Work Program. Elders and support staff from Yellowknife, Dettah, Ndilǫ and Fort Simpson provided us opportunities to learn from the land through oral storytelling and hands-on experience.

Play Your Part in Reconciliation

The 12th Annual NorthWords Writers Festival was this past weekend in Yellowknife, Hay River and Ndilǫ. This year’s festival began in Ndilǫ with a family barbeque, prayers, songs, stories, and speeches. We were honored to have Education, Culture and Employment Minister, Alfred Moses, and Chief Ernest Betsina officially open the festival this year. The opening ceremonies were sponsored by our long-time partner, the NWT Literacy Council.

Skill Builders for Youth

How does making something out of duct tape help increase youth literacy and essential skills? How can a cooking class develop literacy skills beyond just reading a recipe and measuring ingredients? Can digital technology get young people interested in learning again? The answers were covered in our recent Skill Builders for Youth training event.

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