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April 18, 2018 - 9:29pm

Literacy benefits the economy, society, and the quality of life of NWT residents. We decided that we could promote literacy by promoting all the places Yellowknifers can find free books.


Well-educated citizens are better able to meet the demands of a modern economy, and are more likely to become productive, healthy, participating members of society (Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 2010). Citizens with lower levels of literacy are more likely to be unemployed, use income support, or work in low paying jobs (Balanoff & Mulloy, 2013). We asked ourselves “How can we make a difference?”

April 11, 2018 - 9:25am

April is National Poetry Month. For the first time I’m paying attention, due entirely to the Yellowknife Public Library poem-a-day newsletter.


You don’t have to live in Yellowknife. Megan Clark will send a poem-a-day to any NWT resident. Megan, the Public Services Librarian, will send one or two poems to your email inbox each day in April.


I know we all have too much email. But this is really worth it. How can it be bad for you to spend a few minutes out of your day to read a poem? One day this week, I was introduced to a poem by Shane Koyczan, who grew up in Yellowknife, and a second poem for younger readers.

April 5, 2018 - 9:51am

Making music with young children supports overall brain development and helps develop music and language abilities. Active music invites a child to participate in and respond to the music, rather than passively listen to it.


Children benefit when they hear an adult’s voice live, and are able to observe their facial expressions and movements of the mouth, tongue and breathing. This in-person connection models musical expressions that the child can imitate.


Here are tips to help young children develop their music and language skills.

March 15, 2018 - 11:32am

Facilitators from five NWT communities — Ndılǫ, Fort McPherson, Fort Resolution, Hay River, and Délı̨ne  — gathered in Yellowknife recently to give feedback on the NWT Literacy Council’s Skill Builders for Youth program.


The Skill Builders for Youth program is at the end of its three-year workplan, so we set aside time to do a thorough evaluation and reflect on the challenges, successes, and lessons learned. The program began in 2013, under the name Skill Builders for Young Parents. It now supports youth, aged 16-29 years old, who are out of school and underemployed. Facilitators offer short, informal, hands-on learning opportunities to build skills and provide youth a pathway back into learning.

March 7, 2018 - 12:46pm

This is not a fairy story; it’s a real one — follow me, and you will understand. It seems like yesterday, but it is more than eight or nine months ago. I remember the first time when a group of ladies shared our wish to have a swimming pool for women only. It was our dream. It seemed like a big deal, but we believe that sometimes a dream may come true.

February 28, 2018 - 11:39am

Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden works with Mi’kmaw communities in Atlantic Canada, and is the John Jerome Paul Chair of Equity in Mathematics at St. Francis Xavier University. She believes that equity in mathematics involves identity and power: that students must be able to see themselves, their culture, and communities in their math; that they should be able to use math to tell their story.


To develop identity and power, she argues that we must decolonize math and elevate Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing. This means we educators must change how we think about math.


Lisa looks at four ways to help students make "meaningful personal connections to math":

February 21, 2018 - 9:26am

Earlier this month the Grade 6-9 class at Chief Paul Niditchie School in Tsiigehtchic learned how to write and record an original rap song. Working with Hip Hop duo, Mob Bounce, students participated in a workshop called, “Hip Hop and a Sacred Space”.


During the workshop, students created and recorded an original song called, “We are Tradition.” As the week drew to a close, Mob Bounce performed a rap concert and launched the students’ song for the community.

February 14, 2018 - 2:12pm

Adult literacy and basic education (now known as Developmental Studies) at the NWT’s Community Learning Centres can be an important stepping stone for adults who left school early. The centres can help adults feel successful about learning and get the foundational skills they need to go on to further education and/or employment.


Despite many challenges — financial issues, family responsibilities and fear of failure — adult learners have many reasons to continue their education. Most often they want to:

February 7, 2018 - 10:23am

Is there a bookworm in your life that makes your heart skip a beat? Skip the roses this year and say “I love you” with a book! While Valentine’s Day may be just around the corner, it’s not the only holiday we’ll be celebrating here at the NWT Literacy Council.


February 14 also marks International Book Giving Day.

January 31, 2018 - 3:43pm

Bushkids, a forest and nature school pilot program offered through the City of Yellowknife started last Tuesday. Children ages 6-10 will participate Tuesdays — all day — until early May.


Bushkids follows a forest and nature school approach. It is run by two Yellowknife women, Wendy Lahey and Chloe Dragon Smith, who are trained forest and nature school practitioners and teacher trainers with Child and Nature Alliance of Canada.


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