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Indigenizing? Reconciling? What do these words mean to me and what do they mean to you? Dr. Nigaan Sinclair, Associate Professor of Native Studies at the University of Manitoba, issued this challenge to participants in his workshop last week. Along with campus instructors from Aurora College’s Developmental Studies program, Kathryn and I spent two days examining the concept of Indigenizing… Read more.
Did you know that our PGI Bowl-a-Thon for Literacy was just one of 10 different PGI fundraising events across Canada this year? There are 12 literacy organizations affiliated with PGI Canada in different provinces and territories. Each hosts a unique event, with the goal of raising funds and awareness of literacy activities. In 1985, well known CBC broadcaster Peter Gzowski had an idea: why not… Read more.
This blog is reposted from November 8, 2016. I've learned many things about finances and money as an accounting student. Here are my three most important tips for managing money. Know where your money goes More often than not we are unaware of where we spend our money. We’re confused about where it goes and why we aren’t closer to meeting our savings goals. One way to see where it all goes is… Read more.
The board and staff members of the NWT Literacy Council met face-to-face last weekend for a board meeting, our Annual General Meeting (AGM), and a strategic planning session. Our Board of Directors has members from each region of the NWT. Because of the costs associated with northern travel, our board usually meets via conference call with one in-person meeting each year. This meeting usually… Read more.
Arriving in a new country as a refugee is much different than arriving as an immigrant. In the first case you will accept the first chance to get yourself and your family away from a war zone. In the other case you make your selection based on deep thinking and you prepare what is needed to start your new life.  As a refugee, once you make your first step you will start wondering and worry what… Read more.
Libraries have become so much more than stacks of books and librarians telling you to keep your voice down. They have expanded into busy learning centres for sharing information and building community.   From renting DVDs and audiobooks to attending library programs, people enter a library for lots of different reasons. The diversity of library patrons relates to why people choose to visit their… Read more.
Hi all! My name is Catriona, I was the summer student at the NWT Literacy Council in 2018 and was fortunate to return as one of two summer students this year. I love working at the Council. By far, one of the best opportunities I’ve been given is to go on all the Bison Bus trips in the southern portion of the territory.  In June, Charlotte and I took the Bison Bus to Lady Evelyn Falls in Kakisa… Read more.
Happy NWT Literacy Week! As the weather gets colder, you and your children will spend more time inside. Fall can be a great time to cuddle up with a book and practice reading in any language. Here is a week-long challenge you can do with children at home or during a family literacy event. Each day of the week has a theme with suggestions of how you can use an NWT Literacy Council resource to… Read more.
NWT Literacy Week is September 22 to 28. Each year NWT residents spend the last week of September participating in fun literacy events and promoting the development of essential skills. Our theme for NWT Literacy Week this year is: Celebrate Indigenous Languages! The United Nations declared 2019 The International Year of Indigenous Languages. All year long we have promoted this special occasion… Read more.
My summer job with the NWT Literacy Council was an exceptionally diverse work experience. It was also an enlightening entry point to the NWT for a new northerner like me. I was unsure of what to expect from this summer position when I first began in June. I had never really held a true ‘office job’ which left me questioning what my summer would look like. Now, at the end of my summer at the… Read more.