Northwest Territories Literacy Council


This Week in Literacy

Friday, February 22nd, 2008



Community Events and Information

March is Aboriginal Languages Month
Celebrate Aboriginal Languages Month in your community. Check out our Culture and Traditions How to Kit on our website for some fun ideas to celebrate your Aboriginal language. www.nwt.literacy.ca/famlit/howtokit/culture/cover.htm.


International Adult Learners’ Week: March 3 – 9
Celebrated in over 40 countries, IALW showcases adult learners and promotes lifelong learning in all its forms. The celebration of IALW in 2008 will focus on the 60th Anniversity of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the right to education and learning. “We believe that the Week is a perfect opportunity to underscore the important connection between adult learning and building sustainable communities that value diversity and human rights.” Says the Secretary-General of the Canadian Commision for Unesco, David A. Walden.


De Beers Books in Homes Project

De Beers will be heading to the Tåîchô communities to deliver their Books in Homes Project on the following dates:

  • April 16 Whatì
  • April 21 Edzo
  • April 18 Detah
  • April 25 Ndilo
  • April 28 Gamèti
  • May 1 Wekweètì
  • May 5 Behchokö

Global Youth Fellowship Program

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation is pleased to announce the 2008 call for applications for the Global Youth Fellowship program. The Fellowships are targeted towards emerging Canadian leaders who demonstrate potential to enhance Canada’s role on the world stage. The Fellowships will provide successful candidates with a cash award of $20,000 as well as other forms of support. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents between 24 – 35 years of age with previous international experience – paid or volunteer. They also need to demonstrate a sustained commitment to international issues through studies, career choices and volunteer activities. Application Deadline: Thursday, April 10, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. EST. More information about the Fellowship programme, including application forms, guidelines and information on current and past Fellows, can be found on our website at www.gordonfn.org.


Aboriginal Education Webinar Series

The Cool Factor: Engaging Aboriginal Students Through Hip-Hop and Traditional Culture
Steve Leafloor, Blueprint For Life, Ottawa, ON
Date: Tuesday March 11/08 11:00-12:00 noon PT

Learn today and lead tomorrow: the National Aboriginal Role Model Program
Karin Kettler, Program Coordinator, National Aboriginal Health Organization
Caitlin Tolley, 2006-07 Role Model
Date: Wednesday, March 12/08 11:00-12:00 noon PT

Health and Healing – Reuniting Family, Youth, and Elders Through Métis Culture
Beverly Lambert, “Proud to be Métis Workshops”, New Westminster,
Colleen Hodgson, Métis Nation BC, Director of Education,
Date: Thursday, March 13/08 11:00-12:00 noon PT

For the updated schedule and to register please check out: www.safehealthyschools.org/webinars/schedule.htm. If you have further questions on the webinars, please contact Gillian Corless at gcorless@cash-aces.ca.

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In the News

Local literacy council celebrates milestone
In November 1978 a group of concerned people got together because they realized there were many adults in our community needing help with basic reading, writing and math skills. A program at Canadore College to help lower-level readers had its funding cut, but the need was still there and there were people eager to learn. To read the whole article go to: www.nugget.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=903709.


Study links reading to good health, By Janice Tibbetts , Canwest News Service
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

OTTAWA - Reading each day can keep the doctor away, says a report that concludes sifting through books, newspapers, and the Internet - on any topic - is the best way to boost "health literacy" skills such as deciphering pill bottles and understanding medical diagnosis. Daily reading, not education levels, has the "single strongest effect” on the ability to acquire and process health information, the Canadian Council on Learning said Wednesday. Click on - www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=74ef2316-2dd8-495a-a417-08c6170043f8&k=10501 to finish reading the article.

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New Resources and Websites

Literacy Outreach Stories
The Literacy Outreach Centre and its class for 2007-2008 presents a collection of stories, a poem and a collage for you to enjoy about Christmas. Go to www.nwt.literacy.ca/adultlit/l-outrch/stories.htm to read them.


Literacy Fact Sheets

Literacy is more than reading and writing it is connected to a host of social issues. To find out more about literacy check out these fact sheets the NWT Literacy Council has developed.

  1. Literacy and Citizenship
  2. Literacy and the Economy
  3. Literacy and Families
  4. Literacy and Health
  5. Literacy and Justice
  6. Literacy and Poverty
  7. Literacy and the Workforce
  8. Literacy Facts in the NWT
  9. Literacy Issues

To download go to www.nwt.literacy.ca/litfact/factsh/index.htm.


The Healthy Aboriginal Network: Non-profit promotion of health, literacy & wellness

Diabetes prevention comic book
An Invited Threat
, a diabetes prevention comic book is just about to be released. It’s about a young boy and what he likes to eat more than anything – junk food. His family exercises and they eat together at the table, but they don’t always have time to prepare a healthy meal, so they rely on prepared foods. And it’s about someone who has the ability to change the dietary habits of his people – the local store manager. The story was focus group tested with youth and health professionals for its ability to convey the idea of what is, and what is not, healthy food.

Gambling addiction comic book
Just released, On the Turn, a gambling addiction comic book. The story is about a young woman that quite unexpectedly gets hooked on poker at school. But through counselling and the support of her parents, she is able to make amends to the people she hurt the most – her family.

Suicide prevention comic book
Darkness Calls, a suicide prevention comic book, is about to go into its third print run, once again on high quality coated paper, having sold 50,000 copies across Canada. Please send an email if you’re interested in purchasing copies.

For more information about these resources go to www.thehealthyaboriginal.net or email sean@thehealthyaboriginal.net.


Putting IT in Adult LITeracy: Tips and Strategies for Integrating Computer and Information Technology into Adult Literacy Programs
Literacy Nova Scotia 2007

Technology can help us do what we already do better, faster, or more conveniently. But it can also allow us to do things that we couldn’t even imagine without them. This guide seeks to inform educators and learners about modern digital technologies (including computers, software, the Internet, and audiovisual tools), and to highlight the incredible creative and practical opportunities these technologies offer. To download this resource go to www.nald.ca/library/learning/puttingit/cover.htm.


Check out these new resources on workplace literacy:

  • Case 1: Learners Without Borders: Transgressing the Formal and Informal Learning Boundaries
  • Case 2: How Formal and Informal Training Are Connected and Blended
  • Case 3: The Value of Informal Learning in the Workplace
  • Case 4: The Interconnectedness of Formal and Informal Training
  • Case 5: How Formal and Informal Training Complement Lifelong Learning for Professional and Personal Growth
  • Case 6: The Synergy of Formal and Informal Training in the Workplace
  • Case 7: Fish Plant Workers Responding to Globalization in North Sydney, Cape Breton
To download these cases go to www.nald.ca/library/research/interplay/case1/cover.htm.

Monitoring Tools for Volunteer Tutor Programs
By: Debbie Booth-Johnson, RiPAL BC

From the Ground Up (FGU) is a project of Research in Practice in Adult Literacy (BC), in partnership with Literacy BC, that helps practitioners develop tools to evaluate their community-based programs and facilitate the reporting process. This document is one in a series that describes monitoring tools that have been developed by different BC communities. This document presents the monitoring tools for volunteer tutor programs designed by Project Literacy Victoria, an organization that provides volunteer tutoring services to adult literacy learners in the Greater Victoria area. This organization has produced the following tools to provide feedback to program coordinators about their tutor training programs :a learner and tutor monthly report, a tutor training feedback form, and a tutor survey. Go to http://library.nald.ca/learning/item/6691 to download this document.

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Lisa Campbell

Community Literacy Coordinator
NWT Literacy Council
Box 761
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N6
Toll Free: 1-866-599-6758
Phone: (867) 873-9262
Fax : (867) 873-2176
E-mail: lisa@nwtliteracy.ca
Web Site: www.nwt.literacy.ca

The NWT Literacy Council is a non-profit, non-government agency dedicated to supporting the development of literacy in all official languages of the NWT.

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