Northwest Territories Literacy Council

This Week in Literacy

Friday, April 11, 2008

Community Events and Information

PGI Fundraiser for Literacy
Tickets for our two fundraiser evenings, April 14 and 15, 2008 at the Northern Arts and Culture Centre are on sale now at the Yellowknife Book Cellar. Starting at 6:00 pm come on out and putt against your favourite celebrity for a donation or buy a raffle ticket and win a great prize! The celebrity concert hosted by Shelagh Rogers will start at 7:00. Our performers are the Four Leaf Clover Jazz Combo, Murray McLauchlan, Ian Thomas, Connie Kaldor, Mike Stevens, Jonathan Torrens, and home grown celebrity Godson. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.

Fundraising Campaign for Samuel Hearne Secondary School (SHSS)
The 21 Challenge is a fundraising campaign for Samuel Hearne Secondary School's library. SHSS is a northern high school serving the town of Inuvik, NT, and its Inuvialuit and Gwich'in Aboriginal communities. The concept is simple: they are inviting community members and builders to help raise $21K in the first 21 days of April and become a Top 21 Challenger! You can pledge money to the campaign by contacting Erica Sum @ 1-867-777-7387 and  All the funds raised will help rebuild the library collection and restore the interior of the library. For more information check out their website:

The Land is our Storybook – Book Launch
Mindy Willet and First Nation Storytellers have written a series of books about northern culture and tradition.  There are 10 books in the series and the first 2 books will be launched on May 4th – We Feel Good Out Here and The Delta is My Home.  Information about these books and the series is attached

When:      May 4th
Where:     Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Time:       2:00 pm

Writing Workshop and Discussion
The Territorial Writers Association, with the Yellowknife Public Library and the NorthWords Writers Festival Society is presenting a Workshop /Discussion by Ken McGoogan, Author of Lady Franklin's Revenge and Fatal Passage: The Untold Story of John Rae.  The workshop is called, How to Get Published and will also include a writing activity.

Date:      Saturday, April 19
Time:      2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where:   Yellowknife Public Library Meeting Room
Cost:      $15 (includes TWA 2007-08 Membership)
Contact: for more information

2008 Awards of Excellence for Municipal Workplace Literacy and Learning Achievements
The Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) invites towns and cities, municipal unions, workplace learning committees, teachers and partners in workplace learning programs to apply for our Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during CAMA’s Annual Conference in Québec City, Québec on May 27, 2008. The awards will celebrate the efforts that outstanding people and organizations have made to municipal workplace learning and literacy programs. Awards will be presented in five categories:

  1. Learner achievement
  2. Organizational commitment to creating a positive learning culture for all employees
  3. Recognition of educators, practitioners or organizations
  4. Development of effective and successful partnerships for workplace learning, clear language and e-learning
  5. Recognition of workplace learning/literacy, clear language and/or e-learning initiatives

For more information go to

Toward a culture of adult learning in Canada
2008 Annual Symposium of the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre
June 23-25, 2008
St. John’s, Newfoundland

The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre 2008 Symposium is focussed on the theme of community sustainability and learning.  All communities in Canada—large and small, rural and urban, disadvantaged and prosperous—face challenges related to sustainability.  The 2008 Symposium offers a dynamic, forward-looking program aimed at building a culture of adult learning while fostering community sustainability.  In keeping with the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre’s commitment to making information on adult learning widely available to all Canadians, there is no registration fee to attend the symposium.  For more information go to

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In the News

A Police Focus on Literacy - Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service (NAPS) Deputy Chief John Domm hosted very successful and well-attended police focus groups and a one-day workshop in Thunder Bay, on March 18-19, 2008, about targeting crime with literacy. The focus groups and workshop are part of a literacy project of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).  Deputy Chief Domm is a member of the CACP “Literacy and Policing in Canada” Advisory Committee. Representatives from NAPS took part in the program along with other area attendees from Dryden Police, OPP, RCMP, Thunder Bay Police and Anishnabek Police Service.   To read the whole article go to

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New Resources and Websites

The site now offers even more activities for children ages 4 to 18. In addition, the site includes booklists, reading logs, book review podcasts, and best practice videos to help caregivers and tutors make the most of summer reading and writing opportunities. is a nonprofit website maintained by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Training Activities, Human Resources and Social Development Canada, 2005
This tool is designed to help employers incorporate Essential Skills into workplace training. Activities that focus on each of the nine skills are suggested. They can be used in formal or informal training to help employees improve their Essential Skills. Employers are encouraged to modify them or develop new activities that are tailored to the specific needs and goals of their organization. To download go to

Hiring Checklist, Human Resource and Social Development Canada, 2005
This tool is designed to support employers’ hiring decisions. Finding out which Essential Skills a potential employee would bring to the workplace is important. It can help determine if the skills a candidate demonstrates match the skills required for the position being filled. To download a copy go to

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Lisa Campbell

Community Literacy Coordinator
NWT Literacy Council
Box 761
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6
Toll Free: 1-866-599-6758
Phone: (867) 873-9262
Fax : (867) 873-2176
Web Site:

The NWT Literacy Council is a non-profit, non-government agency dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.

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