Each December, NWT Literacy Council staff share books we have enjoyed reading this year, books we will be giving as holiday gifts or books we look forward to reading in the next year. We are excited to share our 2022 book picks with you! Check back on Thursday December 22 for our second set of suggestions, and on January 5, 2023 to see what we will be reading in the new year. Time is a Flower… Read more.
The holiday season is upon us. Our mailboxes and inboxes are beginning to fill with ads and flyers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday megadeals. Following this whirlwind weekend of sales is another important date to be aware of: Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a special day that celebrates the impact of collective generosity. It’s a day that encourages people to use their time or financial… Read more.
It was a beautiful day at the Wıı̀lıı̀deh site on Sunday September 25 for Indigenous Culture Camp. Over 50 families tried out Dene and Inuit games, learned about and took part in feeding the fire, participated in a drum dance, and shared delicious food from many different cultures. A number of weeks ago, this event was just an idea that came up in a conversation I had with Stacey Drygeese… Read more.
Take a plain language writing course. Learn and develop the skills you need for clear communication. Look at a document and do a plain language audit. How could you change it to make it clearer and more concise? Ask all levels of government to use plain language for all their brochures, forms, reports, and other public information. Plain language writing means all readers can easily find… Read more.
As a Dene person, I was taught that all teachings start with a story, so here’s one of mine. When I was a child I spent most of my free time with my grandmother. She was my favourite person, my most trusted confidant, and my biggest supporter. My grandmother loved music. When I think back on my childhood, I vividly remember there being a soundtrack to our activities together - Patsy Cline when we… Read more.
Skills for Success Day takes place each year in September to raise awareness about the skills everyone needs to participate and succeed in learning, work and life. The Skills for Success often overlap and interact with each other. They are important technical and life skills. The Government of Canada identifies nine Skills for Success: Reading Writing Numeracy Digital Problem solving… Read more.
It is wild how fast time has gone by. I can’t believe I am already writing my end of summer post. I have had the pleasure of working with the Literacy Council before, and I can say with confidence that I had even more fun coming back this summer. This summer challenged me in more ways than I can count. I have stepped out of my comfort zone, worked as a team member, and learned to adapt to new… Read more.
NWTLC’s Community Connections program organized three potluck and paddling picnics for newcomers this summer. At every picnic, participants could hop in a canoe to try paddling. Fred Henne Territorial Park organized voyageur canoe rides from Narwal Outdoor Adventures for the August picnic. Newcomers and their children also got to try stand-up paddle boarding if they were keen. The idea is to… Read more.
Hi, my name is Shania. I was one of the summer students at NWT Literacy Council, and this was my experience working here. It was a fun environment and laid-back job; the people who work here are friendly and understanding. I had many questions, and learned a lot about how to be in a workplace and communicate properly. The staff here made the job exciting. There were many tasks to be done such as… Read more.
Hello everyone! My name is Aishah and I have been working as a summer student for the NWT Literacy Council. I was born in London, England and moved to Yellowknife in 2012 with my parents and three siblings. I attended Range Lake North School and graduated from École Sir John Franklin High School last year. I love true crime podcasts and I am currently listening to My Favourite Murder. When I was… Read more.