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Immigrant City, by David Bezmozgis is on my Christmas wish list. This collection of short stories presents immigrant characters in all their complexity and contradictions.  An interview on CBC with the author really intrigued me to know these stories more deeply.  It reminds me how unique each of the experiences are of newcomers to Yellowknife. I hope that, because it is short stories, I will be… Read more.
Each December, NWT Literacy Council staff choose a book that they will be giving as a gift, would like to receive and read over the holiday, or a favourite book they have been given in the past. This is the first half of our picks. Read our blog again next week to see more.   The book that I’m choosing to recommend for a Christmas gift this year is educated by Tara Westover. This is a memoir… Read more.
On Thursday Nov 21, 2019, the NWT Literacy Council and many participants from across the Northwest Territories gathered in Yellowknife to learn about and share information on the Canada Education Savings Programs.  The Canada Education Savings Program is a program of the Government of Canada. The Government of Canada has set aside funding to help make post-secondary education more affordable for… Read more.
This week is Education Savings Week in Canada. This is a great opportunity to think about the reasons to save for our children’s future education, and learn about some programs to help with savings. Even with my children only being 2 and 4 years old, I have started to think about what post-secondary education will cost by the time they are at that stage. As part of our Canada Learning Bond… Read more.
Indigenizing? Reconciling? What do these words mean to me and what do they mean to you? Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, issued this challenge to participants in his workshop last week. Along with campus instructors from Aurora College’s Developmental Studies program, Kathryn and I spent two days examining the concept of Indigenizing… Read more.
Did you know that our PGI Bowl-a-Thon for Literacy was just one of 10 different PGI fundraising events across Canada this year? There are 12 literacy organizations affiliated with PGI Canada in different provinces and territories. Each hosts a unique event, with the goal of raising funds and awareness of literacy activities. In 1985, well known CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski had an idea: why not… Read more.
This blog is reposted from November 8, 2016. I've learned many things about finances and money as an accounting student. Here are my three most important tips for managing money. Know where your money goes More often than not we are unaware of where we spend our money. We’re confused about where it goes and why we aren’t closer to meeting our savings goals. One way to see where it all goes is… Read more.
The board and staff members of the NWT Literacy Council met face-to-face last weekend for a board meeting, our Annual General Meeting (AGM), and a strategic planning session. Our Board of Directors has members from each region of the NWT. Because of the costs associated with northern travel, our board usually meets via conference call with one in-person meeting each year. This meeting usually… Read more.
Arriving in a new country as a refugee is much different than arriving as an immigrant. In the first case you will accept the first chance to get yourself and your family away from a war zone. In the other case you make your selection based on deep thinking and you prepare what is needed to start your new life.  As a refugee, once you make your first step you will start wondering and worry what… Read more.
Libraries have become so much more than stacks of books and librarians telling you to keep your voice down. They have expanded into busy learning centres for sharing information and building community.   From renting DVDs and audiobooks to attending library programs, people enter a library for lots of different reasons. The diversity of library patrons relates to why people choose to visit their… Read more.