Appendix B: Inuvik Case
Key elements of the Caribou Outreach Learning Centre literacy presentation
to seniors included:
- individualized learner centered and open classroom approaches for
reading, writing, numeracy and computer literacy instruction (e.g.
to allow seniors to work at their own pace).
- instruction with topics of interest to seniors, invited speakers
and opportunities to draw on life experiences.
- small group facilitated instruction.
- invitation to family members and friends to join in.
The Caribou Outreach is considering the use of “story sacks”,
a story time on the radio contest, and word or picture bingo to enhance
and promote literacy instruction to seniors.
Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre
The Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre sponsored literacy programs for seniors
in 2002/03 and 2003/04. In 2003/04, NWT Literacy Strategy funding of
$12,760 was budgeted for the Elders Literacy Project. The project was
designed to encourage seniors to develop personal skills for independent
living and managing their own affairs. It assisted seniors to gain a
better understanding of legal requirements, government regulations,
and medical terminology. The project blended with the Ingamo Hall Friendship
Centre’s storefront services to seniors to help with letter writing,
completing forms and applications, or gain referrals to agencies. A
senior liaison worker was hired for service delivery. The worker connected
with Inuvik frontline services to establish working relationships and
access accurate information (e.g. to help with renewal of extended health
care renewals, Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement).
The Ingamo Hall Friendship Centre began bi-weekly elders luncheon
three years ago. Lunches are free and the country food menu is an attraction
for up to 40 seniors at any given time. Seniors from the Day Program
are transported to the luncheon from the hospital at no cost. (see Elders
Day Program below) Luncheons may be sponsored (e.g. a local MLA or oil
exploration company) or have a theme. From time-to-time guest speakers
are invited to present on topics of interest to seniors. Seniors enjoy
gathering at Ingamo Hall because it is close to where most seniors live.
These luncheons also provide opportunities for seniors to give feedback
on community issues.