Partners for Family Literacy

A key part of the GNWT plan for early childhood was to support young children’s literacy development and learning. It emphasized the important role that parents play, as their children’s first and most important teachers, in helping young children learn. It soon became clear that the work of the NWT Literacy Council and the literacy work planned through the Early Childhood Development initiative overlapped.

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment therefore partnered with the NWT Literacy Council through a contribution agreement. Over three years (2001-2004), the Literacy Council would:

  • Develop and deliver regional family literacy training institutes to people from all communities
  • Distribute funding and provide support to community family literacy projects
  • Provide community outreach to family literacy providers
  • Develop and support the distribution of Family Learning Kits (literacy backpacks).

Along with the continued support of the National Literacy Secretariat, this new source of funding provided a more solid funding base for family literacy programming in the NWT. In all, the GNWT provided approximately $1million for family literacy over the three years. Most of this money was spent on training community people, funding the delivery of community projects and developing resources for communities.