The Role of the NWT Literacy Council in Family
Literacy Programming

Who is the NWT Literacy Council?

The NWT Literacy Council is a territorial-wide not-for-profit organization. Its mandate is to promote and support literacy development in all NWT official languages, and at all stages of a person’s life. It does this through:

  • Research
  • Training
  • Resource development
  • Information sharing
  • Public awareness activities

The NWT Literacy Council works with a variety of individuals, groups and
organizations, at both the community and the territorial levels. One of its
key roles is to work with people in communities to help their community to
develop the capacity to plan and deliver literacy programming.

Before the GNWT’s Early Childhood Development Action Plan in 2001, the Literacy Council had been promoting the importance of family literacy for several years, because it believed that family literacy helped improve both adults’ and children’s literacy skills. With financial support from the National Literacy Secretariat, the NWT Literacy Council worked with communities to build capacity around literacy. It developed training for community people who were interested in planning and delivering family literacy programs. In addition, it created a number of northern resources and supported family literacy programs. These included:

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  • Books in the Home, a family reading program
  • 1-2-3 Rhyme with Me, an oral language program
  • Families First, a parenting program