Lifelong Learning:

It’s Essential



December 8, 2015 - 7:06pm

During the school year we usually spend a couple of evenings a month with students who attend Aurora College in Yellowknife and their families.

Students are busy people, especially if they have children.  It can be difficult for them to take their children to various events in town, so we bring crafts and fun times to the families through the Aurora College’s Family Night on Campus.

Children enjoy making art and coloring.  We let them explore their own ways to do their crafts, like making paper planes and coloring pictures.

December 2, 2015 - 10:23pm

The annual general meeting of the NWT Literacy Council took place on November 21, 2015 in conjunction with a face-to-face meeting of the Board of Directors of the NWT Literacy Council.

November 24, 2015 - 9:31am

Children StoryChildren everywhere love our Storysacks.  They are a fun way to engage children in reading and enjoying books.

A Storysack is a bag that holds a children’s book, a non-fiction book related to the story’s content, an audio recording of the book and either store-bought or handmade (sewn, crocheted, knitted, etc.) props. 

November 20, 2015 - 11:50am

Thank you to the 18 MLA Candidates from across our Territory who have taken the time to think about and respond to literacy and essential skills issues that face our population.  Please take a moment to read the responses and see what commitment the candidates in your riding are pledging to make for the 18th sitting of our Legislative Assembly.

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- Kathryn Barry Paddock

November 10, 2015 - 2:35pm

In October, we held our three-day training on embedding literacy and essential skills in youth programs. The three days were filled with three facilitators, (Amanda from the NWT Literacy Council, Lisa Campbell and Sue Follinsbee, Evaluator) and people from the communities of Fort Providence, Yellowknife, N’dilo, Dettah, Whati, Nahanni Butte, Deline and Sachs Harbour. Our training was focused on the nine essential skills: reading, writing, oral communication, digital literacy, numeracy, document use, thinking, working with others, and continuous learning. Participants learned how to incorporate these essential skills into programming, and they will design their own programs for their community. One example that participants went through was a cooking program.

November 4, 2015 - 3:04pm

I compile my kids’ artwork from school and home and I keep it in my scrapbook. Last week, after I returned from the Youth Literacy Training, I grabbed my scrapbook and both Jimmy and I browsed through our pictures. I told him that the NWT Literacy Council wanted me to share a blog on their website about how I encourage my children to be more creative with their drawings.

October 27, 2015 - 10:48am

HalloweenHalloween is upon us! What this means for northern kids is planning a costume that will be big enough to fit over a snowsuit, planning the best route for trick-or-treating, and finding the biggest pillowcase in the house to fill with candy on Halloween night.

There is a lot of excitement leading up to Halloween.  Why not harness some of that energy with some holiday-themed activities?

October 21, 2015 - 2:33pm

2015 has been a difficult year for many literacy organizations across the country.  We have seen the shuttering of Literacy NL, Literacy Alberta, the Centre for Literacy, COPIAN (formerly NALD – the National Adult Literacy Database) to name a few. 

The loss of national funding and support affected all provincial and territorial literacy coalitions, as well as national organizations.  Does this mean that literacy and essential skills (LES) levels have increased across the country to the point where these organizations have been made redundant?  Not quite.

October 15, 2015 - 10:37am

A northerner’s life in five booksGuest blogger, Ollie Williams, started a new podcast series for two reasons:  to get to know interesting northerners, and to learn about books he might not know about otherwise.

Can you tell a northerner's life story in five books?

October 7, 2015 - 5:29pm

Bison BusImagine … babies, toddlers, caregivers, books, games and a bison all together! Playing, singing, telling stories, reading books, doing crafts and laughing. That’s what you’ll see when our Bison Bus Mobile Family Centre goes on the road.


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