Northwest Territories Literacy Council

This Week in Literacy

Friday, January 18th, 2008

Community Events and Information

January 27th is Family Literacy Day

  1. Family Literacy Resources
    Check out our website at for new resources for Family Literacy Day.

  2. Family Literacy Day at the Yellowknife Public Library
    When: Sunday January 27, 1:00 ‐ 2:30pm
    Where: Library Meeting Room
    Families with children of all ages are invited to celebrate Family Literacy Day on Sunday January 27. This free program will include stories, games, crafts and prizes! You can register your family beginning January 14th, 2008.

  3. Your Family Literacy Day Events
    Please let us know what you have planned for Family Literacy Day in your community. We will include the information in our weekly enews.

T.A.I.L.S (Therapy Animals Involved in Literacy Success) Program

T.A.I.L.S. is back at the Yellowknife Public Library. The T.A.I.L.S. program is designed to help children improve their literacy skills and become more comfortable reading. Children ages 8 – 12 can sign up for 15 minutes of reading time with a specially trained dog. Registration begins Monday, January 7. The program runs for 6 Saturdays, from January 19 until February 23 from 1 – 2 pm. To register call the library at 920‐5642.

Literacy Matters: Understanding the Impact of Literacy Levels in the NWT

When:           January 29 – 30, 2008
Where:          Explorer Hotel, Yellowknife, NT
Time:             January 29th – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
                        January 30th – 9:00 am – noon

For further information on this workshop contact the NWT Literacy Council.

Embrace the Joy of Poetry!

Join two of Canada’s premier poets and their special guest for an engaging evening of poetry. Lorri Neilsen Glenn and Agnes Walsh will be in Yellowknife next week to share their poems and ideas. There will be two evening events:

  1. Evening of Poetry on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:30 pm at the Yellowknife Book Cellar
  2. What Makes Poetry Work, January 24 at 7:00 pm at the Yellowknife Public Library

The Original People and their Relationship with Canada Workshop

When: January 29, 30, 31 & February 1, 2008
Time: 8:45 am – 4:30 pm Daily
Place: Northern United Place

For further information regarding this workshop, please contact Debra Buggins at 873‐2566 or 446‐1370(cell) or by email att

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In the News

Profiles in Learning Jan. 10, 2007

Keeping her feet on the ground: how Julie Payette manages her life and career. As the first Canadian to board the International Space Station, Julie Payette has long since earned herself a place in the history books. Yet in the nine years since that historic moment it’s unlikely that Payette has slowed down long enough to consider its significance. Like most of her colleagues at the Canadian Space Agency the 44‐year‐old is a case study in over‐achievement. Read the whole article here.

Media literacy for children in the internet age January 10, 2007

In 1952, when British academic Alexander Douglas created the first computer game—a version of tic‐tac‐toe he called Noughts and Crosses—he unknowingly opened a pinhole into a vast new world. Twenty‐one years after the fact, that hole became a floodgate when a group of researchers from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) developed a method to communicate across computer networks, effectively launching the internet in the process. Neither Douglas or DARPA could predict what the internet would eventually become: a nearly infinite realm of instant communication, unlimited information and hyper‐reality. Read more about it here.

Most of Canada's 61 aboriginal languages continue decades-long slide January 15th, 2008

INUVIK, N.W.T. ‐ The lively five‐year‐olds in Sandra Ipanaʹs language class chant through the calendar in Inuvialuktun.

On the floor, elder Emma Dick plays word games with two shy little twin sisters. The posters on the wall are bright and there are plenty of colourful books on the shelves. But even here, where the effort to revive the language of the Inuvialuit is strongest, Ipana says the chances of her young pupils speaking their ancestral tongue in their everyday lives are modest.

ʺAs much as I want to say it, I donʹt think theyʹll be fluent,ʺ Ipana says. ʺBut at least theyʹll be aware.ʺ Ipanaʹs struggle to keep Inuvialuktun alive in the mouths of the people who created it is being played out in classrooms and living rooms across the country.

In 1996, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples concluded that the revitalization of traditional languages is a key component in the creation of healthy individuals and communities. But according to new data released Tuesday by Statistics Canada, almost all of Canadaʹs nearly 60 aboriginal languages are continuing their decades‐long slide. Read the whole article here.

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New Resources and Websites

Storytelling: A Foundational Pillar of Literacy by Anne McKeough

“Stories fill every corner of our lives. They come to us unsolicited as we overhear a conversation on the bus, and shock us as we listen to the evening news. We surround our children with stories, reading storybooks to them and encouraging them to read good literature, in the hope that they will visit‐ in their imagination‐ a world beyond ours. And most of us also tell them stories about our childhood adventures and their escapades while in diapers, yet, when we think about how to nurture their literacy, we usually think only of the formal literary stories.” Read more about this article.

Plain Language Summaries Scott Murray 2007

Seeds for Change: A Curriculum Guide for Worker-Centred Literacy by Canadian Labour Congress

This guide has been developed by the Workplace Literacy Project of the Canadian Labour Congress as part of tis Learning in Solidarity series. Created to share their collective wealth of experience, their hope is that the series will help unions play a more active role and have a stronger voice in worker‐centred literacy.

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NWT Literacy Council Membership?

Have you renewed your membership with the NWT Literacy Council? If not, why not take a moment and do so right away ‐ that way you can stroke it off your New Yearʹs resolution list! Donations are also gratefully accepted. A membership application form is posted on our web site at: Itʹs halfway down the right hand column under ʺAbout Us.ʺ Memberships are $10 for an individual, $20 for families, and $25 for organizations and businesses. You can print a copy of the form from our web site and mail in your cheque or money order. Or you can drop by our office at 5122 ‐ 48th Street in Yellowknife.

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
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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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