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Each December, NWT Literacy Council staff members choose books that they will be giving as a gift, would like to receive and read over the holiday, or a favourite book they have been given in the past. This is the first group of our picks. Read our blog again December 10 and 17 to see more.   My choice for this year’s book recommendation is The Wild Heavens by Sarah Louise Butler. It was… Read more.
Nine years ago, my boys and I came to Canada as newcomers.  We were, of course, excited about the new life that awaited us. However, within a few weeks, reality began to sink in, the excitement almost disappeared instantly, and the questions started popping up.  Will I get a job? Will my children be able to adapt to school knowing that English is a second language? Will we be able to adjust to… Read more.
For over 60 years, the United Nations has marked World Children’s Day on November 20. Each year, the day is held to reflect on improving the welfare of children and to connect nations in the awareness of the needs and gifts of children. Childhood experiences vary among nations, and within nations, but World Children’s Day is a day to think about how to help provide the best foundation for all… Read more.
Education Savings Week is a nationally recognized event focused on promoting and educating parents and caregivers on how to start saving for their child’s post-secondary education. It is also a great opportunity to learn about some of the great incentives offered by the Government of Canada that help with those savings.  Families can benefit from thousands of dollars in savings incentives from… Read more.
NWT Literacy Council’s work is rooted in connecting with community-based organizations. We do this through community visits, hosting trainings and networking events, and interacting directly with our many partners. As with all organizations, we have spent the last six months trying to strategize how we will do this work while adhering to Emerging Wisely regulations and respecting individual… Read more.
Early childhood caries—also known as cavities—are one of the leading causes of day surgeries in children under five years of age in Canada. Oral health impacts a child’s physical, emotional, and intellectual wellbeing. When a child is in pain or loses teeth too early, it can impact speech development, and limit their ability to focus and learn and to eat healthy foods. The good news is that this… Read more.
It is so rewarding to share a favourite activity with someone and to observe them enjoying it and understanding the attraction.  Cranberry picking is like that for me. In the fall I could spend hours outside every day in a cranberry patch.  The fruit is round, red and perfect.  The light filtering through the leaves has a special quality to it.  I savour every moment knowing that winter is coming… Read more.
Many of us have different goals we would love to strive towards. The particulars vary a lot from person to person, but these goals all have the common aspect of being aspirational. They can often feel unachievable, or worse, feel achievable, but for some reason we have not yet achieved them. They can be large goals, like running 10 km, or daily items like reading every day, sleeping eight hours a… Read more.
I am Tony, from China. I have been in Yellowknife since April 2019. In the beginning of the days when I got here, I looked for ways to improve my English skills. Once I went to the library and saw a poster for the Speak English Café, pinned on a wall. Fortunately this program was especially for new immigrants and it was free. Absolutely I had no reason to let this opportunity go, so I took part … Read more.
Health literacy is a critical skill, as we weave our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. So, what is “health literacy”? Health literacy is how easily people can access information that affects their health, how well they understand that information, and how effectively they apply what they’ve learned to their lives. Being health literate lets people make wise decisions about health issues. At… Read more.