Plain language writing means all readers can easily find the information they need, understand what they find, and use it. This is important for people at all reading levels.
Plain language writing is based on research into best practices for what helps people read and understand information.
In 2004 the NWT Literacy Council did a report called Putting Plain Language Into Practice. Aggie Brockman did the research and wrote the report. The purpose was to look at how governments across Canada use plain language and to recommend how the GNWT could develop and follow a plan to do that.
To date, I am not aware of any overall GNWT plain language policy or plan. But I DO know that many GNWT departments and agencies produce some plain language documents, such as:
I have done plain language work with the NWT Literacy Council since 1999. We offer fee-for-service writing and editing. I work as a sub-contractor and I love my work. Each project is different, interesting, and offers many challenges and rewards. Check out the NWT Literacy Council plain language resources.
- Mary McCreadie, Plain Language consultant
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