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  • Family Literacy in the North
  • Warm-up Activity
    Stand-up if you:
    Read to your children
    Travelled to get here
    If you are from out of province
    Are a parent
    Are a grandparent
    Want to share a rhyme with us?
    Are wearing green today
    Like wild meat
    Like to dance
    Have run a family literacy program before
    Have learned new things at the conference
  • The NWT
  • What do you know about the NWT?
    Capital of the NWT?
    Aboriginal population?
    Distance from Edmonton?
  • About the NWT
    Population? 43,439
    Capital of the NWT? Yellowknife
    Aboriginal population? 50%
    Languages? 11 official languages (9 Aboriginal)
    Industry? Government and Diamonds used to be Gold
    Weather? Cold in the winter!
    Communities? 33 communities – about half are fly-in only
    Distance from Edmonton? 1600 km
    Government? Consensus
    Bugs? Yes!
  • About the NWT Literacy Council
    The NWT Literacy Council works with individuals and groups to promote and support literacy and essential skills in all the official languages of the NWT.
    We are a non-for-profit organization.
    We have been working with communities for 20 years now…
    We have been doing family literacy for 13 years…
    We promote literacy, do training and workshops, develop resources and do research.
  • Why Family Literacy?
    Family literacy makes sense in the northern context.
    Small northern communities are very family orientated.
    Events need to be family focused.
    Northern communities have really embraced the concept of family literacy.
    In some ways it is ‘community literacy’
  • Family Literacy in the North
  • Our Approach
    The NWT Literacy Council promotes and supports family literacy through a community development approach.
  • What do we mean by community development?
    Community Development is when community members come together to take action and come up with solutions to common problems.
    The most important outcome of community development is improved quality of life.
  • How we got started?
    Way back in 1997 we started our family literacy project.
    We asked communities if they were interested in having free workshops and training in family literacy.
    Some said yes and we started!
  • Tools for Community Building
    In 1999 we started a project called Tools for Community Building.
    This project worked with 4 communities – doing a 3 day workshop on family literacy, project planning and proposal writing.
    Results varied
    2 communities hired family literacy coordinators – still have the position after 9 years…
  • Family Literacy Training Institute
    We held our first Family Literacy Training Institute in 2001.
    Since then we have held over 15 institutes and trained over 500 people in family literacy.
    The institutes are free and we help pay for people to attend.
  • What’s involved with the training?
    We have developed several family literacy programs:
    Books in the Home
    1-2-3 Rhyme With Me
    Families First: Literacy and Parenting
    Family Tutoring
  • Other Training
    Family Literacy and Aboriginal Language
    Music and Literacy
    Talking Books (using PowerPoint)
    Introduction to Family Literacy
    Early Childhood Training
  • Training
  • One Community’s Perspective
    Mary Ann Vital is from Deline
    I attended the Family Literacy Training Institute (2001)
    Since then I have been to many training events and workshops
    And now I am a presenter at the Council’s training events
    I have been running family literacy programs on and off for almost 10 years
  • What programs do I offer in my community?
    Books in the Home
    Craft nights
    Culture and language
    1-2-3 Rhyme With Me
    Family Literacy Nights (using How to Kits)
  • Successes
    Lots of participants
    More reading in homes
    Children more prepared for school
    Children are familiar with books
    Slavey programs
    Books into people’s homes
  • Challenges
    Lack of funding
    Community support (leaders)
    Really need a full-time literacy coordinator
    Not enough time to organize activities (from side of my desk)
    Getting resources – books, crafts, etc. (everything has to be shipped)
  • How it has affected my community
    Children used to go to school with no book knowledge at all – children who attend the family literacy program now have some experience with books and reading…
    Children are more prepared for school
    Parents are more comfortable with books
    Parents are more comfortable going to the school
    Parents have a better understanding of the importance of learning together as a family
  • Resources we developed
    Booklets for Preschool children, in slavey with colors, numbers, shape and different objects
    Literacy quilt with parents and children.
    Family booklet in slavey
    Book bag for the children at preschool 
  • Plans for the future
    More family literacy activities!
    Try different programs
    Continue to get more training from the NWT Literacy Council
    Keep going and keep trying…
  • NWT Literacy Council Resources
    We have developed a wealth of resources
    50 How-to-Kits
    Family Literacy programs
    Family Literacy activities
    Adult Literacy resources
    Essential Skills resources
    CDs for everyone
    Let’s check it out!
  • Website
    You need to check out our website:
    Most of our resources are online – all you need to do is download and print!