Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



March 14, 2017 - 8:15am

We are celebrating NWT Indigenous Languages Month during the month of March. To help support NWT Indigenous languages, we launched a social media campaign called #MyLanguageMatters. We hope to engage and challenge people across the NWT to speak their Indigenous language. You can take part by uploading your video on social media.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Introduce yourself using your Indigenous language.

  2. Explain why your language matters to you.

  3. Challenge others to upload their video using their language.

Use the #MyLanguageMatters hashtag for a chance to win great weekly prizes!

March 1, 2017 - 11:54am

Happy International Women’s Day on March 8! For me, International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate the opportunities I have available to me — I can attend university, I can vote, I can buy a house, and I can do all these things wearing pants (if I want to) — and to celebrate the women that helped make these things possible.

But it’s also a day to ask questions. Questions such as: Why do women, who make up nearly half of the population of the NWT, make up only 18% of our territorial Legislative Assembly? Why doesn’t the Legislative Assembly of the NWT have a policy about an MLA becoming pregnant during her term? How can only two women in our legislature represent the diversity of NWT women’s voices and issues?

February 22, 2017 - 9:32pm

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.

February 16, 2017 - 7:42am

We held our very first Granny and Grampa Talking Bags workshop in Yellowknife in January. The purpose of the workshop was to help elders effectively use the Granny and Grampa Talking Bags in their communities and regions so that their knowledge becomes more accessible to families and programming.

The Granny and Grampa Talking Bags are an intergenerational resource designed to help involve elders in community programs and to give children an opportunity to learn about their cultures through oral traditions in a formal learning environment. We’ve come to understand that learning their language and culture helps to build children’s self-esteem and social identity at an early age.

February 8, 2017 - 7:33am

When you think of February 14, do you imagine cards, chocolates, hearts and roses? Many people think of it as the day of love, while others consider Valentine’s Day a commercial holiday, pushed on us by greeting card companies.

At the NWT Literacy Council, we celebrate February 14 by marking International Book Giving Day.

February 2, 2017 - 1:24pm

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

  •  solve problems more effectively

  •  communicate more effectively

  •  have better health and well-being

  •  achieve higher levels of education and earn more money

  •  use new technology

  •  be flexible and able to adapt to change

January 26, 2017 - 1:13pm

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.

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.


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