Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



March 3, 2016 - 3:48am

March is my favourite time of year. The sun is warmer and it’s up longer each day.  I feel refreshed, energetic and am anxious to be outdoors.  Everyone around me seems happier.

There’s another reason to celebrate.  It’s NWT Aboriginal Languages Month and it’s hard not to be inspired by Jacey Firth Hagen, the young Gwich’in woman leading the social media Gwich’in Language Revival Campaign #SpeakGwich’inToMe.  You can read her story on page 8 of the brand new issue of our newsletter, Literacy Matters.

February 23, 2016 - 7:59pm

What about the Men?Perhaps you’ve heard about the What About the Men? Northern Men’s Research Project. The final report, released in early January, received a lot of publicity.  We did this research in partnership with our colleagues at the Yukon Literacy Coalition, Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ilitaqsiniq – the Nunavut Literacy Council, who led the project.  It was funded by Employment and Skills Development Canada.

February 15, 2016 - 4:26pm

Cut off BlogMy name’s Mya and I’m 13 years old. I recently read the book Cut Off, by Jamie Bastedo.  I was surprised that I liked this book since it’s not the kind of novel I usually read, but after the first few pages I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

I mostly read supernatural romances, but I’m really glad that I tried something new.  I enjoyed the plot and the characters.  This book was amazing.  It is about a teenager with an Internet addiction, who loses his dog, suffers from depression and ends up moving to Canada.  There is even a little romance.

February 11, 2016 - 11:43am

Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most important festival for Chinese all over the world; February 8 marked the first day or 2016.  Unofficial statistics place the population of Chinese who reside in Yellowknife at around 200 people. For a small Chinese community like this, the celebration this year was particularly special.

A local organization called Northern Star Chinese Classics for Children collaborated with several agencies, including the Literacy Outreach Centre (a partnership of Aurora College and Yellowknife Association for Community Living), Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, the Integration Office at Aurora College, and the NWT Literacy Council –  to organize a half-day community event at the museum this past Saturday.

February 2, 2016 - 9:17pm

Joy of readingI have always loved reading. When I was a child, one of my favourite games was playing “library” in my upstairs loft. In this game, I would serve as the librarian, dutifully helping the visitor pick out a book from my parents’ bookshelves.

We had an old broken computer up there too, and I would type away on it, letting the visitor know when their book needed to be returned. I was at an age where my older brothers no longer liked to play make believe, so I was often playing this game alone, but it never bothered me that I had to serve as the librarian AND the library visitor.

January 28, 2016 - 9:18am

drying meatThis week I got to see one of our Skill Builders for Young Adults programs in action.  And, I learned how to dry muskox meat.

We offered Skill Builders for Young Adults training to 16 people from NWT communities last October.  Each person left knowing and understanding the nine essential skills - reading, writing, numeracy, document use, oral communication, thinking skills, working with others, computer use, and continuous learning. These skills provide a foundation for other learning.

January 21, 2016 - 8:07am

winter activitiesNational Family Literacy Day is just around the corner, on January 27. Here at the NWT Literacy Council we’ve been working hard to help communities host Family Literacy Day celebrations.

January 13, 2016 - 2:05pm

Uma Sivakumar became our new Office Manager in November. Uma Sivakumar became our new Office Manager in November.

In just two months working as the Office Manager, I’ve already had plenty of great experiences with the NWT Literacy Council, starting with a warm welcome from board members and staff last November.

This job allows me to connect with a large number of educators who are all interested in literacy and youth education. So far I’ve especially enjoyed the people - everyone has been supportive and encouraging.  I enjoy answering phone calls and communicating with people from various northern communities.

January 7, 2016 - 8:21am

Transforming the early childhood workforceRecently I was lucky enough to attend a training institute put on by Zero to Three, a large American organization that works to ensure that babies and toddlers have a strong start in life.

December 15, 2015 - 12:38pm

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



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