Northwest Territories Literacy Council

This Week in Literacy

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Community Events and Information

March is Aboriginal Languages Month
Celebrate Aboriginal Languages Month in your community. Check out our Culture and Traditions How to Kit on our website for some fun ideas to celebrate your Aboriginal language.

International Adult Learners’ Week: March 3 – 9
Celebrated in over 40 countries, IALW showcases adult learners and promotes lifelong learning in all its forms. The celebration of IALW in 2008 will focus on the 60th Anniversity of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the right to education and learning. “We believe that the Week is a perfect opportunity to underscore the important connection between adult learning and building sustainable communities that value diversity and human rights.” Says the Secretary-General of the Canadian Commision for Unesco, David A. Walden.

Online conference at Literacy B.C. Wednesday, April 25, 2007 -- Monday, May 26, 2008

Are you interested in the relationship between violence and learning? Are you interested in making change in literacy programs to deal with violence and learning? Are you interested in research in practice (practitioner research)? If so, this on-line conference is for you. The conference will run from April 29 to May 26; feel free to participate in the discussion, or just read what other people have to say. Your hosts are practitioner-researchers Jenny Horsemen, Evelyn Battell, Nadine Sookermany, Heather Ward and Kate Nonesuch. Please contact to register. For more information go to

Western Arctic Moving Pictures

Western Arctic Moving Pictures Film Sociey is currently putting together several new and exciting TELEVISION PROJECTS. They are looking for a team of dynamic personalities to host these shows, and you could be it!

Here are some ideas they are working on:

  • A gameshow/cooking show
  • A live concert series with local musicians
  • A variety show of local short films
  • Plus a few surprises!

The deadline for applications is February 22nd. If you’re interested, contact our office (766-2586 or and we’ll set up an audition time. Also, they have extended the deadline for the ARCTIC WINTER GAMES FILM SCREENINGS presentation. They are looking for films of any length to be exhibited during the Arctic Winter Games. They will pay artist fees for all films that they show. The new deadline for applications is February 18th. You can mail or drop off your film at WAMP, 4916 49th Street, PO BOX 2487, Yellowknife, NT X1A 3G1

De Beers Books in Homes Project

De Beers will be heading to the Tåîchô communities to deliver their Books in Homes Project on the following dates:

  • April 16 Whatì
  • April 21 Edzo
  • April 18 Detah
  • April 25 Ndilo
  • April 28 Gamèti
  • May 1 Wekweètì
  • May 5 Behchokö

ABC CANADA is looking for feedback on Family Literacy Day 2008.
To give your feedback go to

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In the News

Literacy Road Show
Kahbamiue/Colville Lake (Northern News Services Ltd.),
Published Friday, February 11, 2008

Schlumberger Oilfield Services is slated to bring its educational tour Literacy for Life to the school here this week. "We're supposed to have Bryan Trottier, who has seven Stanley Cup rings, and author Sigmund Brouwer, who has written several series of books for young adults and children, coming to visit," said principal Ian Patterson. "I believe they are hoping to get to every school in the Sahtu."

Lessons in Learning: Parents’ Role in their Children’s Homework
February 7, 2008

The 2007 Survey of Canadian Attitudes toward Learning recently revealed that 72% of Canadian parents feel that homework is a frequent source of household stress. Nonetheless, most Canadian parents believe that homework is a valuable learning tool and this belief is substantiated by the available empirical evidence. The research on parental participation in homework activities provides lessons on how parents can alleviate the stressful aspects of homework while still providing support for their children’s homework routines. To read more go to

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New Resources and Websites

Monitoring Tools: Community Literacy Development, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Developed by Betty Knight and Christy Luke, RiPAL BC, 2006

Improving Essential Skills for Work and Community: Workplace and Workforce Literacy in the NWT and Nunavut
This research paper is now available for download at

Barriers to Youth Employment in Nunavut
This research paper is now available for download at

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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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