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Our gift book picks for Christmas 2015

The Polar Bear Son, by Lydia Dabcovich
The Polar Bear Son is an Inuit tale retold and illustrated by Lydia Dabcovich.  It tells the story of an old Inuit woman who adopts an orphan polar bear that provides food for her as it grows up. The story is about motherly love towards an adopted child. I like this book so much I made a Storysack for the NWT Literacy Council.
- Pat


Family fun for busy college students

During the school year we usually spend a couple of evenings a month with students who attend Aurora College in Yellowknife and their families.

Students are busy people, especially if they have children.  It can be difficult for them to take their children to various events in town, so we bring crafts and fun times to the families through the Aurora College’s Family Night on Campus.

NWT Election, November 2015: Responses from candidates to literacy issues

Thank you to the 18 MLA Candidates from across our Territory who have taken the time to think about and respond to literacy and essential skills issues that face our population.  Please take a moment to read the responses and see what commitment the candidates in your riding are pledging to make for the 18th sitting of our Legislative Assembly.

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- Kathryn Barry Paddock

Youth Literacy and Essential Skills Training

In October, we held our three-day training on embedding literacy and essential skills in youth programs. The three days were filled with three facilitators, (Amanda from the NWT Literacy Council, Lisa Campbell and Sue Follinsbee, Evaluator) and people from the communities of Fort Providence, Yellowknife, N’dilo, Dettah, Whati, Nahanni Butte, Deline and Sachs Harbour. Our training was focused on the nine essential skills: reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, numeracy, document use, thinking, working with others, and continuous learning.

Colouring our adventures

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.

Embedding literacy: Halloween edition

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?

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