Northwest Territories Literacy Council

This Week in Literacy

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Community Events and Information

January 27th is Family Literacy Day

The NWT Literacy Council wants you to celebrate Family Literacy Day with your family and/or community. There are lots of things you can do at home to celebrate:

  • Play word games
  • Read books
  • Tell stories
  • Sing and dance

Have fun this weekend celebrating the wonderful gift of literacy!

  1. Family Literacy Day Event in both French and English
    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 in both French and English!

  2. Family Literacy Calendar
    To celebrate 10 years of Family Literacy Day ABC Canada has published a Family Literacy Calendar that showcases learners and supporters of literacy. Each month also shares a tip for lifelong learning. Download a copy of the calendar in PDF at

Funding help for training through Volunteer Development Fund

If you want training for your board members, volunteers or staff, check out the Volunteer Development Fund for financial help. Information is available at along with information about the Aurora College Subsidy Fund.

Be a Youth Ambassador or Games Volunteer

Join in the excitement! The Arctic Winter Games needs hundreds more folks to register by February 1 to volunteer during the March 9‐15 Games. Youth from across the NWT can have their way paid to the games even if they are not involved in the competition. For information about the Youth Ambassador Program email, call 765‐2958 or go to Application deadline is January 28.

Nominate a NWT Outstanding Volunteer

Nominations are open for the NWT Outstanding Volunteer Awards until March 17. There are four categories: youth, elder, individual and group. The awards are announced and given out during National Volunteer Week, April 27‐May 3, 2008. For a nomination form and brochure go to What’s New at or or contact

International Women's Day, March 8, 2008

The Status of Women Council of the NWT invites you once again to join together in the celebration of International Women's Day. Call the Status of Women Council if you would like more information at 920-6177 or toll free at 1-88-234-4485.

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In the News

Profiles in Learning Jan. 10, 2007

Centre for Family Literacy and its Radical Reader celebrate Family Literacy Day Edmontonʹs Centre for Family Literacy wants to help spread the word that Family Literacy Day, coming up Sunday, January 27, is a day to celebrate literacy activities that take place in families.

Literacy begins in the home, long before children start school. Whether recognized as such in the beginning, babbling, scribbling and playing with books are signs of early literacy. How can you help your children with literacy? Children learn by what happens around them so why not take part in some of the following activities with your child:

  • Sing songs and rhymes.
  • Talk with your child.
  • Listen to what he or she says back to you.
  • Write a grocery list together.
  • Read to your child – not only at bedtime but at all times of the day.
  • Take notice of signs and pictures as you drive in your car or go for a walk.

In addition to these activities, children may want to meet the centreʹs Radical Reader who is making a return visit to mark Family Literacy Day. Click to help the Radical Reader find his way to the library.

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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

Indicators of Well-being in Canada

Indicators of Well‐being in Canada gathers data from different sources and presents a comprehensive, up‐to‐date picture of the well‐being of Canadians and Canadian society. It also shows how this picture may be changing over time. Whether you are a student, a researcher, a community volunteer, a public servant, or someone who is simply interested in knowing about this country, there is information here for you.

You will find a wide range of indicators, or statistical measures, that show how things are going for Canadians. For example, there are data on how many hours we work each week, our education levels compared with the levels in other countries, the affordability of housing, and much more. For more information go to

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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