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May 31, 2017 - 1:31pm

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.


Nine participants travelled recently from Deline, Tulita, Fort McPherson, Inuvik, and Hay River for this training. They learned how to embed literacy and essential skills learning into existing youth programs, and how to create new programs. Participants came from libraries, schools, youth centres, and other community groups. Many have worked on youth projects before, and brought many wonderful ideas with them.

May 24, 2017 - 5:43pm

Birds are returning, the ice is leaving, the first tentative flowers and leaves are boldly bursting out - summer is in the air! After a busy winter full of community visits, conferences, and training events we’re gearing up for summer family literacy activities.


We’ve pulled our Book Mobile out of the shed and pumped up the tires to get ready for our weekly visits to the Yellowknife Farmer's Market. Between June 6 and August 29 we’ll give away books at the market and host family-friendly activities.

May 17, 2017 - 10:24am

Literacy is a life long journey. It begins at birth with parents talking, singing, cooking, making things, reading, playing games, telling stories and sharing experiences with their child. At the NWT Literacy Council, we call this stage of the literacy journey “family literacy”. It starts at birth and lasts until a child enters elementary school.


Family literacy is about families doing things together in their everyday lives. Family literacy is based on the understanding that school is not the only place where learning happens — parents are their children's first teachers. Both parents and children benefit from spending time and learning together.

May 10, 2017 - 8:14pm

This is an exciting week for a lover of Canadian children’s books, a proud mom, and a very thankful daughter. It’s TD Canadian Children’s Book Week, May 6-13, and then Mother’s Day is on Sunday.


TD Canadian Children’s Book Week celebrates the amazing work of Canadian authors. The many talented children’s authors in Canada make it hard to pick my favourites.


My mom nurtured my love of Canadian literature early in life. Books were always special in our house, and a trip to our local bookstore an exciting treat. As a child, one of my favourite Canadian children’s books was Mabel Murple, by Sheree Fitch. I got to meet Sheree Fitch once because we are from the same hometown. To say I was star struck would be an understatement.

May 3, 2017 - 1:34pm

We want photos of your child (aged 0-6 years) reading a book. Your photo will help promote the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.


We've teamed up with the Yellowknife Public Library to encourage all NWT families to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.


We know the brains of babies develop fast during the first years of life. You can help that brain development by reading books with your child. Enter our photo contest and you can win a basket of new books to read!

April 26, 2017 - 3:12pm

I am passionate about physical literacy. Physical literacy is for all ages, skills, and abilities. It allows people to actively participate in their communities and with their families, as well as keep healthy physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Physical literacy can be defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities.”


Because of my interest in physical literacy, and my work to create Get Moving (a physical literacy resource), I was excited to attend Sport for Life’s International Physical Literacy Conference in Toronto earlier this month.

April 19, 2017 - 9:34am

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.

April 6, 2017 - 8:42am

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.

March 29, 2017 - 12:37pm

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.


Our plan is to digitise, catalogue and make available online ALL CBC North television and radio content broadcast in Inuktitut, Gwich’in, Inuvialuktun, North Slavey, Tłı̨chǫ, South Slavey, Chipewyan, and Cree. This includes all the content in our archives and future broadcasts.

March 22, 2017 - 1:36pm

What do health and wellness and literacy have to do with each other? A lot! Research shows that people with higher levels of literacy and essential skills are generally healthier and live longer.


They are better able to communicate with health care providers, navigate the health care system, and have fewer medication errors. They tend to have higher incomes and are able to maintain an active, healthy lifestyle and diet. Our health and wellness impact our ability to learn and develop our skills.  At the same time, higher literacy levels generally result in children having healthy food to fuel their school day, and more active Elders able to learn new things.

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