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What's New

  • Literacy Matters: Spring 2017

    Read the lastest issue of Literacy Matters.
  • Indigenous Languages Month Video Challenge

    To learn more, visit our Facebook page.
  • We Want Your Favourite Recipes For a New Cookbook

  • Storymakers - Our New Family Literacy Day Resource

  • Give the Gift of Literacy This Christmas

  • Trick or Treat With Us

  • Annual General Meeting

    Noon - 1 pm
    Saturday, October 1, 2016
    Commissioner's Room, Days Inn, Yellowknife

    Read more
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Photo Contest

  • NWT Literacy Week - September 25 to October 1, 2016

  • Literacy Matters: Fall 2016

  • We have a new program! 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

    We know the the brains of babies develop fast during the first years of life.  You can help that brain development by reading books with your small child. 

    We’ve teamed up with the Yellowknife Public Library to encourage all NWT families to read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  If you post photos of you and your child reaching 100-book milestones on Facebook, you’ll be automatically entered into draws with prizes awarded twice each year.

    Learn more

  • Register for our Family Literacy Training Institute

    This training will be of interest to early childhood workers, librarians, teachers and anyone else who works with families.

    November 21 – 24, 2016

    Registration form
  • Skill Builders for Youth Training

    This training is for community leaders who want to run an enjoyable youth project that embeds literacy and essential skills.  Projects should give students confidence and technical skills as well as some academic learning.  Past projects included opportunities to learn to repair bicycles or create traditional products such as mittens, drums, packsacks and dry meat.

    Training Application Form
  • Proposal Writing Workshop - Hay River - November 16-18, 2015

  • Northwest Territories General Election How-to-Kit

    Download (PDF 1.8 MB)
  • 2015 NWT Literacy Week - September 20-26

    2015 NWT Literacy Week - September 20-26

    The theme this year is Literacy:  Celebrating 25 Years of the NWT Literacy Council

  • Literacy Matters Newsletter - FALL 2015

  • Northern Biographies: Francois Paulette

  • Family Literacy Training Institute

    September 14-18, 2015

    For more information click here.
  • Northern Biographies: Sharon Firth and Shirley Firth-Larsson

  • Job Opening: Youth and Community Literacy And Essential Skills Coordinator

    Employment Opportunity

    The Youth and Community Literacy Coordinator develops and delivers literacy and essential skills training, resources, and support services to NWT communities.


    • Post-secondary education or training in a related field
    • 3-5 years experience in literacy and community development
    • Strong facilitation, interpersonal and communication skills
    • The ability to travel

    Equivalencies will be considered

    This is a full-time three-year term position with the possibility of renewal, based in Yellowknife. We offer a competitive salary and benefits. For a job description please contact, 873-9262 or 1-866-599-6758. This position is conditional on program funding.

    Employment depends on a successful criminal records check.

    Submit resumes by 12 noon MDT, Friday, May 22, 2015 by email to:

    The NWT Literacy Council is a non-government territorial organization that promotes and supports the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.


  • We're looking for a summer student

    We're hiring a summer student to help prepare resource materials for publication and with summer literacy events.  Applicants must be full-time students, under 30 years of age, and intending to return to their studies in the fall.  Please send your resume to by 5 pm on April 29, 2015.
  • Spring 2015 - Newsletter

    PDF version (2.5 MB)
  • How Children Learn Language

    Marianne Bromley of the NWT Literacy Council talks about the importance of speaking to your child in your language from birth and even before. Children learn language by hearing it. The earlier the better: The infant/toddler years are a good time to lay a solid foundation for a minority language.

    How Children Learn Language (Video)
  • Essential Skills at Work in the North Study Guide Vol. 3

    Download (PDF 10.2 MB)
  • Highlights of our Literacy This Week Reader Survey

    Download PDF (369 KB)
  • Enter Our Family Literacy Photo Contest!

    Enter to win one of four Family Fun Packs!   We want to see how you “Play and learn anywhere, anytime” with your family.  Send us a photo with a brief caption about what you’re doing and learning.

    Here’s how to send your entries.

    1. Post your photo and caption on our Facebook page at
    2. Post your photo on Twitter with the hashtag #nwtfamlit2015
    3. Send us your photo and caption by email to

    Contest ends midnight January 26, 2015.

    Family Literacy Photo Contest Rules

    1. By submitting a photo to the contest, participants agree that photos may be used for Literacy Council promotion.
    2. Photos must come with a caption, describing what the people in the photo are learning and where they are or what they are doing (eg. photo of a familymaking cupcakes – learning how to count and measure in our kitchen).
    3. Contest runs January 19-26, 2015.
    4. The first winner will be chosen by a random draw at noon on Family Literacy Day, Tuesday, January 27.  Subsequent winners will be chosen throughout the afternoon.
    5. We encourage people from outside the Northwest Territories (NWT) to participate in our contest, but due to shipping costs, winners will be chosen from NWT entrants only!
  • Family Literacy Coupons

    Use these coupons as a surprise, a gift, payment for chores or just a fun way to bring everyone together for fun

    Download PDF - 2.73 MB

  • Snuggle Up Together

    Our new booklet of suggested books for newborns to preschoolers.

    PDF (1.24 MB)
  • Literacy This Week Feedback Survey

    Please give us your feedback on Literacy This Week

    This quick survey will only take between 5 and 10 minutes!  Your opinion is important to us.
  • 2014 PGI Sponsors

    PDF (1.4 MB)
  • 2014 PGI Photos

    PDF (573 KB)
  • PGI for Literacy 2014

    Join us for the 2014 NWT PGI for Literacy is October 6-9 in Dettah, Ndilo, Yellowknife and Behchokǫ̀. Read more.
  • Literacy Changes Lives Catalogue for Donations and Sponsorships

    PDF (1.4 MB)
  • NWT Literacy Week events in Yellowknife

    PDF  (500 KB)
  • Employment Opportunity: Family and Community Literacy Coordinator

    The family and community literacy coordinator is responsible for developing and delivering training, developing resources, and providing support services to community organizations and other groups interested in family and community literacy.

    Candidates must have:

    • A post-secondary degree or diploma in education, early childhood development or community development, or equivalent
    • Training in family literacy
    • 3 –5 years experience in family literacy, preferably in the NWT
    • Strong facilitation, consultation and team building skills
    • Excellent interpersonal skills
    • Excellent written, verbal and computer skills
    • The ability to travel, sometimes extensively

    This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of renewal and is based in Yellowknife.  Salary is based on the candidate’s abilities and experience. Job Description
    or call our office for more information.

    Employment is dependent on a successful criminal records check.

    Submit resumes by Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 pm to:
    Executive Director
    NWT Literacy Council
    Box 761
    Yellowknife, NT    X1A 2N6
    Phone: 867-873-9262
    Fax: 867-873-2176

    The NWT Literacy Council builds capacity through literacy training, research, resource development, and promotion for the benefit of all Northerners.

  • We’re looking for a summer student!

    Working with us is fun and challenging.  Learn more.
  • Literacy Matters Newsletter - Spring 2016

    Spring 2016 newsletter - PDF version (3.9 MB)
  • What About the Men? Northern Men’s Research Project Final Report

  • Northern Biographies: Kw’ahtidee Jimmy Bruneau

  • Proposal Writing Workshop (Jan. 27 - 29)

    Community: Inuvik
    Location: MacKenzie Hotel
    When: Wednesday to Friday, Jan. 27 - 29
    Time: 9 am – 4 pm 

  • National Family Literacy Day (Jan. 27th)

    National Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative, held annually on January 27th. This special day promotes families reading and doing other literacy-related activities together.  Take 15 minutes a day to learn with your family!  

    The NWT Literacy Council encourages communities, schools, families and organizations to celebrate family literacy day in their own unique way. Many communities or schools celebrate the whole week by hosting several family literacy events.

    Family Literacy Day 2016

  • Annual General Meeting (Saturday, November 21, 2015)

    Please join us for our annual general meeting at noon on Saturday, November 21, 2015. 

    Solstice Room
    Coast Fraser Tower
  • 2014-2015 Annual Report

  • Vote for the Bison Bus!

    We need your vote each day until October 23 to help us get money for the Bison Bus mobile family centre.  This vehicle will allow us to take our family literacy program on the road to NWT communities, accessible by road.

  • Health Literacy is the theme for 2014 NWT Literacy Week - Media Release

  • Read our latest edition of Literacy Matters online

    Summer 2014 PDF- version (7.2 MB)
  • Check out our new health literacy resources

    Our health and literacy are closely linked.  The 2014 NWT Literacy Week theme is Literacy:  Our health depends on it!
    Let us know what you think of our new health literacy resources.
  • Please tell us about any broken website links

    Copian hosts our website and included many of our resources on its website database.  Copian recently closed down its database of resources due to funding cuts.  This resulted in several broken links on our website.  Please let us know if you find links that aren’t working.  You can email nwtliteracy@nwtliteracy or call 1-866-599-6758 or 873-9262.
  • Canada Learning Bond Open House

    Monday, May 12, 3-7 pm
    Northern United Place

    See if your child is eligible for the Canada Learning Bond, free money (up to $2,000) for post-secondary education!

    We will have a play area for children and food.

    This money could be the deciding factor in your child finishing high school and going on to further education.

    We’ll cover the cost of  birth certificates for the first 10 children who don’t have one.

    For more information, see our poster or contact or 873-9262.


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