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The Gift of Our Language Is Very Powerful

Last week was such an inspiration! The elders at the Indigenous Languages Network Gathering in Yellowknife made statements such as: "The gift of our language is very powerful" and "It's all in our hearts" and "There's a magic to it."

For the fourth year, the NWT Literacy Council has brought together the coordinators of the Indigenous language communities. They share information about their work, support each other, and look for solutions to the barriers to Indigenous language revitalization.

The Powerful Impact of Lived Experience

I was reminded again of the power of personal stories last week. I listened to four women from Kenya, the Philippines, Iran and India tell their stories of coming to Canada at a conference in Calgary. Some were fleeing from persecution in their country. Others wanted to make a better life for their children. Some were highly skilled workers who came for employment for themselves or their spouse. All of their stories were touching.

CBC embarks on Indigenous Archives Project

It has long been a dream of CBC broadcasters and many people in the North to preserve the rich collection of content we have in Indigenous languages. CBC is now embarking on this project.

It is a project ‘of the heart’. Our Indigenous language collection represents a living record of the languages and cultures of the North. The preservation and restoration of the collection speaks to the mandate and values of the CBC.

Stuart McLean: Thanks for Sharing our Northern Stories

Dear Stuart,

I don’t think for a minute you will remember me. But I remember you. Like many other Canadians, I followed your documentaries on Sunday Morning. I laughed at the ailing cricket adventure on Morningside. (“That cricket is not well, Stuart.”) And, of course, I loved The Vinyl Café. Letters were an important part of that program, so I decided to write this one to you.

An Essential Skills Snapshot

Essential skills are the foundational skills people need to participate effectively in all areas of their lives – home, community, learning, and work. They are the building blocks, or the foundation, that let people learn new skills.

People benefit when they have essential skills

Essential skills help people to:

  •  learn new things
  •  achieve greater independence
  •  develop and improve their self-esteem and self-respect

Family Literacy Day is Here Again!


This year marks Canada’s 18th year of celebrating National Family Literacy Day each January 27. Family Literacy Day reminds us to take time to learn together and receive the huge benefits for both adults and children.

Family Literacy Day raises awareness of the importance of family literacy.  It helps us spread the word that learning can take place through a variety of different activities —reading and telling stories, playing games, going for a walk, on-the-land activities, or any quality time families spend together.

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