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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.
If you want to find out how to improve your health and well-being, head over to Ècole Sir John Franklin School this weekend to the NWT Wellness Conference.  The NWT Literacy Council will be there, along with about 400 other participants. As a literacy council we’re interested in wellness, because the overall health literacy in Canada is low, and it’s even lower in the NWT. Almost 60% of our… Read more.
When you think of February 14th, do you think of roses, chocolates and kids giving cards to all their friends?  Valentine’s Day is a great time to remind the people around us that we care for them.  At the NWT Literacy Council we use this date to share the love of reading. This is our second year participating in International Book Giving Day.  The idea of this day is to spread the love of… Read more.
You might find it hard to imagine a garden this time of year, when all you see is snow, ice and frozen everything.  Diving into a seed catalogue is an inexpensive way to experience a bit of summer. Planning a garden is a perfect way to do family literacy activities that the whole family-from toddlers to elders-can learn from and enjoy.  Planning a garden can involve reading, using numbers,… Read more.