Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



December 14, 2016 - 1:28pm

It’s becoming a tradition for the NWT Literacy Council folks to share their Christmas book giving ideas. Here’s what we are giving for gifts this year.

December 7, 2016 - 8:51am

International Human Rights Day is December 10th and celebrates the day the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948. The NWT Human Rights Commission celebrates this day every year.

The Commission works to promote equality and human rights and to prevent discrimination under the NWT Human Rights Act. This law applies to everyone in the NWT. To promote human rights the Commission is hoping to create a culture of kindness in the North. One of the ways the Commission works toward this goal is through our Stories for Peace project.

December 1, 2016 - 9:27am

I spent last week crafting felt stories, making ice cream, getting to know new people, and singing songs. No, I wasn’t on vacation; I was at the NWT Literacy Council’s Family Literacy Training Institute. Family literacy workers from all over the NWT gathered in Somba K’e (Yellowknife) to attend this annual training.

The NWT Literacy Council offered training on the basic theory of family literacy, how to run several of our family literacy programs, and the latest science on brain and language development. Charlotte Upton, the Council’s Family and Community Literacy Coordinator, and other Council staff members facilitated the training.

November 23, 2016 - 2:16pm

Look for us at Healthy Living Fairs. We’ll have as many of our resources to give away as we can carry.

Last week we left Yellowknife with 50 kilograms of luggage and returned from Délı̨ne with only 4.5 kilograms. 

November 17, 2016 - 9:49am

In October, I was fortunate to be able to attend the 20th Inuit Studies Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. We were honoured to have our film Hivulipita Uqauhiit Tuppaaqtauffaaqtut: Awakening Our Ancestors’ Words selected as part of the Katingavik Inuit Arts Festival.

This film is about a visit several Elders and researchers from Ulukhaktok and Cambridge Bay made to interact with Inuinnait objects that are housed at the British Museum. The trip was part of the Council’s Ulukhaktok Literacies Research Project. Despite a few technical difficulties, the film was a resounding success.

November 8, 2016 - 9:10am

I've learned many things about finances and money as an accounting student. Here are my three most important tips for managing money.

Know where your money goes

More often than not we are unaware of where we spend our money. We’re confused about where it goes and why we aren’t closer to meeting our savings goals. One way to see where it all goes is to write down or track all of your spending for a month. November is Financial Literacy Month, What a great month to start. Write down what comes in from salary or benefits and what you spend it on. This will help you spend on the things that are most important to you.

November 1, 2016 - 2:37pm

Our daily lives are filled with exposure to different media.  We are bombarded with movies, video games, commercials, internet, television, social media. 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much media can influence our thoughts and our behaviours. That makes media literacy an increasingly important life skill.

That’s why, for the past six years, a whole week is set aside to help us focus on media literacy. The Canadian Teachers’ Federation partners with the Media Awareness Network to promote Media Literacy Week – this year from October 31-November 4.

October 27, 2016 - 9:19am

Did you know that October is Health Literacy Month? The term “health literacy” refers to the skills people need to access, understand and use information in ways that help them maintain or improve their health.

Research shows that 55% of adults in Canada do not have good health literacy in all situations. Health is a complicated topic and health-related information changes all the time. So, it’s not too surprising that health literacy is a common challenge.

There are lots of things that can get in the way of good communication around health. Language barriers, cultural differences, low reading and math skills, stress, and limited access to programs and services in some communities are just a few of the challenges we face here in the Northwest Territories.

October 19, 2016 - 3:11pm

October marks Canada Library Month. If recent news stories are any indication, an event to highlight the importance of, and to celebrate libraries, is needed more than ever. In Newfoundland, public libraries are facing drastic cuts and closures. Here at home, the territorial law library is converted to a less than sufficient “resource center” while school districts cut the hours of school library staff and reduce budgets.

All of these cases, I believe, stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of libraries. They are based on an assumption that libraries are no longer relevant in the internet age. Self-fulfilling prophecies from a lack of investment have sabotaged library effectiveness.

October 12, 2016 - 8:44am

Today is International Plain Language Day. People are encouraged to ‘show and tell’ their clear communication successes.

One of our successes is our northern cookbook, Great Food for Northern Cooks, full of clear and easy recipes. Every cooking program in the Northwest Territories uses this book. We’re very proud of it.

We had great partners working on this project, including Yellowknife Health and Social Services and the NWT/Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program. The NWT Department of Health and Social Services gave us some of the money needed to produce it.


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