- We promote literacy in all official languages through the NWT Writing Contest, NWT
Literacy Week and the PGI Golf Tournament for Literacy. We encourage people to
celebrate Family Literacy Day and Aboriginal Languages Week.
- We monitor and respond to literacy policy in Canada and the NWT.
We work directly with a variety of groups and individuals: people who work
in literacy programs, learners, teachers, librarians, early childhood staff
and other community resource people. We also
work with Aurora College, the GNWT, not-for-profit organizations, family
support programs, early childhood programs, libraries, schools, Divisional
Education Councils and District Education
Authorities, Aboriginal organizations and other agencies. Our literacy
work helps people take more control of their lives. It also lets them take
part in the social, institutional and economic life
of the north.
Since 1989, we have supported Aboriginal literacy directly by:
- Working with Aboriginal people to plan and deliver Aboriginal language writing
- Publishing books in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun, Chipewyan, South Slavey, Dogrib and Bush
- Including Aboriginal language books, where possible, as part of book bags for children.
- Promoting Aboriginal languages in print, on radio and on TV.
- Encouraging stories in Aboriginal languages as part of the NWT Writing Contest.
- Publishing Languages of the Land: A Resource Manual for Aboriginal
Language Activists, which several language communities used when
they developed their multi–year plans.
- Encouraging community family literacy projects in Aboriginal languages.