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The Northwest Territories Literacy Council (NWTLC) has a new project. Participants in our Community Connections program for newcomers to Canada are sewing Boomerang Bags. Boomerang Bags are cloth shopping bags made from repurposed fabric. The idea originated in Australia when a grocery store clerk started a conversation about plastic, particularly about plastic shopping bags. Boomerang Bags,… Read more.
After many years of seeking funds and doing fundraising, the NWT Literacy Council (NWTLC) is excited to announce that we will be supporting the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) program in 15 NWT communities this year! In these communities, families with children 0-5 years old can sign up each child to receive a free book in the mail every month until their fifth birthday.  Registered… Read more.
How do you embed important life and literacy skills into activities like mitten making, cooking or youth nights? This was what we discovered in our recent Skill Builders for Youth training. Participants from Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Liard, Délı̨nę, Ulukhaktok, Fort Simpson, Wekweètì, Ndilo and Yellowknife joined us for a three-day training to learn about the Skills for Success, and how to… Read more.
On May 4-6 NWT Literacy Council staff attended the Decoda Literacy Conference.  This was the first conference staff had attended in over two years.  Decoda is the Provincial Literacy Coalition of BC.  The theme of the 2022 Decoda Literacy Conference was “Literacy Connects Us!”.  It was a fitting theme for a conference that brought together literacy practitioners from across the country for… Read more.
Hi! My name is Balqisa. I am excited and honoured to share my experience of working with the NWTLC. I joined the Literacy Council in 2021 as a Summer Student. I helped staff with their daily programs and enjoyed it a lot. Before joining the Literacy Council, I worked in both Early Childhood Education and Administration fields. I started my career in childcare as I always loved working with… Read more.
The NWT Literacy Council is currently running a new program known as Empowering Northern Youth (ENY). This program is a tri-territorial project with the Yukon and Nunavut running similar programs in their respective Territories. Our program has recently completed its first cohort of participants and is set to begin our second cohort on April 25th, 2022. Our program consists of four weeks of in-… Read more.
Three for Change is a collaborative project between the Yukon Literacy Coalition, Ilitaqsiniq- Nunavut Literacy Council and NWT Literacy Council. It is intended to support the development of social enterprises and skills that will help people to find success in business development. Funded by Employment and Social Development Canada, the work of the three Territories will be guided by project… Read more.
We are very excited to celebrate NWT Literacy week next month on May 1-7! Each year, NWT Literacy Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the importance of literacy for NWT residents. This is also a time to recognize ways that communities support literacy development and making literacy fun! This year we have chosen the theme of Literacy Around the NWT to celebrate the unique programs and hard… Read more.
Hello! My name is Nicole and I am thrilled and grateful to be joining the talented NWT Literacy Council as a Family and Community Literacy Coordinator. I have always enjoyed working with families and learning about their unique experiences. Before joining the NWT Literacy Council, I worked with public art galleries in their programming and education departments. My background is in Fine Arts,… Read more.
People from different parts of the globe who now call Yellowknife “home” gathered at the Bushkids site on Sunday morning for a Cultural Sharing and Exchange workshop. The morning was the first of four half-day sessions that welcomed folks who, recently and not-so-recently, arrived to Canada and the community of Yellowknife from other countries. The space provided a rich opportunity for cross-… Read more.