To respond to the literacy needs and preferences of NWT seniors it
is recommended that:
- The NWT Literacy Council develops and advocates for the use of
best practices to respond to the literacy needs of NWT seniors. Best
- reflect the values of independence, dignity, participation,
fairness and equity, and security as the cornerstones of senior
- encourage human service providers mandated to support seniors
to integrate literacy in existing and new programs and services
and give priority for, and profile to seniors learning opportunities.
- direct communities and literacy providers to respect the right
of seniors to literacy supports.
- The goal of seniors literacy activities be to provide supports
to enable seniors to improve and maintain their literacy skills for
independent living and dignity in the home, work and community environments.
The goal would be to:
- respond both to the need of NWT seniors to be current, understand
and use information in English and maintain the rich culture and
languages of Aboriginal peoples; and
- integrate literacy in existing and new programs and services
and into literacy activities such as family literacy activities.
- A simple, easily translated definition of seniors literacy that
celebrates knowledge, experience, culture, social practice and language
and lifelong learning be ‘front and centre’ in an aggressive
awareness or social marketing campaign in the NWT.
- The organization of seniors literacy supports at all levels be
strengthened through interagency relationships among governments,
literacy committees, seniors councils, community leadership, community
volunteers, family members, service providers and senior-serving organizations
that focus on seniors and their literacy needs.