Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



October 6, 2016 - 8:11am

Strategic planning. Budgeting. Policy updates. These are some of the necessary behind-the-scenes work that boards and staff tackle in non-profit organizations. The NWT Literacy Council is no exception. Last weekend the Literacy Council board members gathered in Yellowknife to host our Annual General Meeting and to finish updating their board handbook and personnel policies.

September 28, 2016 - 11:39am

While we’re celebrating NWT Literacy Week, others around Canada are celebrating Postmedia’s Raise-a-Reader Week. Although we don’t have this program in the NWT, the NWT Literacy Council can help you raise your own little reader!

September 22, 2016 - 8:26am

We're celebrating NWT Literacy Week September 25 through to October 1.

Each year we choose a theme that explores the connection that literacy and essential skills have to many aspects of our lives. This year, the theme is Tied to Tech. Technology has so many benefits, like helping us connect to the world, or learn a new language, but it also can be addictive, or lead to bullying and strained relationships. It’s important to think about the ways we use technology, and ask ourselves if we are really in control. We hope you take some time this week to think about how technology impacts your life.

September 15, 2016 - 9:08am

Have you ever considered the connection between violence at home and how a student acts and participates in the classroom?

Often we don’t see what students, friends or colleagues face at home, and bring with them to work, the classroom or social gatherings. Without knowing what takes place at home, we may misjudge someone’s actions or decisions.

This is Family Violence Awareness Week across the NWT, and a good opportunity to think about how family violence can impact learning, both for children and adults. Family violence may have been part of a learner’s life from childhood through adulthood, and they may currently experience it.

September 8, 2016 - 9:19am

International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates 50 years of local, national and international work and progress to increase literacy rates and boost literacy in the future. 

The goal of promoting literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies hasn’t really changed in the past five decades. Of course our ideas about literacy have evolved.  People today need to be able to do more than read and write to navigate the world around them.  There are other essential skills needed, such as digital literacy. 

We couldn’t agree more with the International Literacy Day statement by the Director General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations).

June 22, 2016 - 7:48pm

A bank for everyoneWhere would you cash your paycheque if you didn’t have a bank in your community or a bank account to electronically deposit your earnings? In many remote, northern communities access to bank services are few, far, in between, and non-existent. How could this be? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

June 15, 2016 - 4:44pm

Here in the NWT we may look forward more than anywhere else in Canada to National Aboriginal Day on June 21.  That’s because this is the only place in Canada where it’s a statutory holiday.

Aboriginal Day is more than just a chance to enjoy the summer solstice.  I hope you will get out and participate in the wonderful community activities planned across the NWT.  Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous Canadians and their contributions to the fabric of your community and country.

June 9, 2016 - 2:36pm

Increasing need for English Language learningTake a walk down Franklin Avenue and you will quickly see that the small capital city of Yellowknife is hugely multicultural!  We wonder, “How did they end up here?” Or more importantly, “How are they surviving in Yellowknife?”  The first question is their story to tell, but the second one is our concern.

June 1, 2016 - 4:59pm

Community buildingCommunity Building. Community Enterprise. Workforce Development. These were the themes at the heart of Econous 2016, the national Community Economic Development Conference, which I attended in Montreal in May.  

May 25, 2016 - 8:05pm

May is Speech and Hearing Month.  Speech, language, and hearing are all linked to literacy. Children who have smaller vocabularies as preschoolers are more likely to struggle with learning to read.   Children who have trouble pronouncing sounds can have difficulty learning to spell and sound out words.  Children with undiagnosed hearing loss are at risk for reading and other academic delays.  What can we do to put kids on the right track in these areas before they start school?


These activities help promote language skills in preschoolers.


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