3.2 Recommendations

To respond to the literacy needs and preferences of NWT seniors it is recommended that:


  1. The NWT Literacy Council develops and advocates for the use of best practices to respond to the literacy needs of NWT seniors. Best practices should:
    • reflect the values of independence, dignity, participation, fairness and equity, and security as the cornerstones of senior supports.
    • encourage human service providers mandated to support seniors to integrate literacy in existing and new programs and services and give priority for, and profile to seniors learning opportunities.
    • direct communities and literacy providers to respect the right of seniors to literacy supports.


  1. The goal of seniors literacy activities be to provide supports to enable seniors to improve and maintain their literacy skills for independent living and dignity in the home, work and community environments. The goal would be to:
    • respond both to the need of NWT seniors to be current, understand and use information in English and maintain the rich culture and languages of Aboriginal peoples; and
    • integrate literacy in existing and new programs and services and into literacy activities such as family literacy activities.

  2. A simple, easily translated definition of seniors literacy that celebrates knowledge, experience, culture, social practice and language and lifelong learning be ‘front and centre’ in an aggressive awareness or social marketing campaign in the NWT.


  1. The organization of seniors literacy supports at all levels be strengthened through interagency relationships among governments, literacy committees, seniors councils, community leadership, community volunteers, family members, service providers and senior-serving organizations that focus on seniors and their literacy needs.