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Over the last two years we travelled around the NWT to talk to communities about financial literacy and I have learned so much! One thing I have been most excited to hear about is the Canada Learning Bond.  As a recent university graduate who left school very much in debt, I know how much this free money could help our northern students. This is a federal government program to help lower-income… Read more.
We’re hiring a summer student.  I worked at the Council for four summers and highly recommend this summer job.  Here are my top four reasons why. The job has lots of variety My responsibilities changed from summer to summer as the literacy council starts and finishes new programs.  I created How To Kits and resources that have been distributed to communities throughout the north.  I packed… Read more.
Free money with no strings attached doesn’t happen very often.  So when it does, we want the people who need the money the most to get the windfall.  The Canada Learning Bond is a national program to help lower-income families save for their child’s education.  We found out about the program and the low uptake while doing research and delivering financial literacy workshops.  Only about 8% of… Read more.
A new northern network is becoming a force to be reckoned with. In October 2012, the NWT Literacy Council, the Nunavut Literacy Council and the Yukon Literacy Coalition hosted the successful symposium on skill development, Made in the North. We wanted to focus on literacy and skill development issues specific to the north. We brought together 140 people with an interest in skill development:… Read more.
Adult education is an important, but often misunderstood part of the education continuum.  Here’s why we’re happy there’s a week to celebrate adult learners. Adult education programs give people a second, and sometimes a third or fourth chance to develop the skills they need for today’s world.  The programs are usually community-based and target youth and adults who were not successful in the… Read more.
Aboriginal Languages Month is a perfect time to make sure you are writing NWT place names, such as Łutselk'e and Délı̨ne correctly.  You can use the same software that allows Aboriginal language speakers to write Aboriginal languages on computers and the Internet.  So much of our lives are online today, so Aboriginal language digital literacy is critical to promote languages and Aboriginal… Read more.
Andrea Tetlichi, of Fort McPherson (Tetl’it Zheh), is mixing new technology with traditional teachings from elders to teach Gwich’in to her seven-month-old son, Ryan. “I am using the Gwich'in Alpha app on my iPad which is very helpful to me.  I also take my son to his Jijuu (great-grandmother), Jane Charlie, who likes to speak the language a lot to me and my son,” says Andrea.  “Ryan’s lucky to… Read more.
Guest Blog by Peggy Holroyd and Hugh Moloney The Wiiliideh language word for “white person” is “kwedone,” which literally means “rock person.  This comes from one of the first experiences that the Yellowknives Dene had with prospectors who came North in search of gold. This one phrase describes an historical situation and perception unique to this place.  This is the case with many other… Read more.
Aboriginal Languages Month is a perfect time to highlight the Aboriginal language resources on our website.  We have family literacy resources in all of the NWT Aboriginal languages to help families share Aboriginal languages and culture.  Building Aboriginal Literacy cards show families how children learn language and provide ideas for helping that process along. The Children’s Growth Chart… Read more.
Here is our list of gardening books we promised to share in our recent blog, “How to garden in February".  These are some of our favourites for families.  You might find some of these books in your community or school library.  If not, ask if they can order a few of them.   Picture books for very young children (and adults who love picture books) Growing vegetable soup, by Lois Ehlert.  Bright… Read more.