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Family Literacy in the North

  1. 1. Family Literacy in the North<br />
  2. 2. Warm-up Activity<br />Stand-up if you:<br />Read to your children<br />Travelled to get here<br />If you are from out of province<br />Are a parent<br />Are a grandparent<br />Want to share a rhyme with us?<br />Are wearing green today<br />Like wild meat<br />Like to dance<br />Have run a family literacy program before<br />Have learned new things at the conference<br />
  3. 3. The NWT<br />
  4. 4. What do you know about the NWT?<br />Population?<br />Capital of the NWT?<br />Aboriginal population?<br />Languages?<br />Industry?<br />Weather?<br />Communities?<br />Distance from Edmonton?<br />Government?<br />Bugs?<br />
  5. 5. About the NWT<br />Population? 43,439 <br />Capital of the NWT? Yellowknife<br />Aboriginal population? 50%<br />Languages? 11 official languages (9 Aboriginal)<br />Industry? Government and Diamonds used to be Gold<br />Weather? Cold in the winter!<br />Communities? 33 communities – about half are fly-in only<br />Distance from Edmonton? 1600 km<br />Government? Consensus<br />Bugs? Yes!<br />
  6. 6. About the NWT Literacy Council<br />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.<br />We are a non-for-profit organization. <br />We have been working with communities for 20 years now…<br />We have been doing family literacy for 13 years…<br />We promote literacy, do training and workshops, develop resources and do research.<br />
  7. 7. Why Family Literacy?<br />Family literacy makes sense in the northern context.<br />Small northern communities are very family orientated.<br />Events need to be family focused.<br />Northern communities have really embraced the concept of family literacy.<br />In some ways it is ‘community literacy’ <br />
  8. 8. Family Literacy in the North<br />
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  12. 12. Our Approach<br />The NWT Literacy Council promotes and supports family literacy through a community development approach.<br />
  13. 13. What do we mean by community development?<br />Community Development is when community members come together to take action and come up with solutions to common problems.<br />The most important outcome of community development is improved quality of life.<br />
  14. 14. How we got started?<br />Way back in 1997 we started our family literacy project.<br />We asked communities if they were interested in having free workshops and training in family literacy.<br />Some said yes and we started!<br />
  15. 15. Tools for Community Building<br />In 1999 we started a project called Tools for Community Building.<br />This project worked with 4 communities – doing a 3 day workshop on family literacy, project planning and proposal writing.<br />Results varied<br />2 communities hired family literacy coordinators – still have the position after 9 years…<br />
  16. 16. Family Literacy Training Institute<br />We held our first Family Literacy Training Institute in 2001. <br />Since then we have held over 15 institutes and trained over 500 people in family literacy.<br />The institutes are free and we help pay for people to attend.<br />
  17. 17. What’s involved with the training?<br />We have developed several family literacy programs:<br />Books in the Home<br />1-2-3 Rhyme With Me<br />Families First: Literacy and Parenting <br />Family Tutoring<br />Bookmaking<br />
  18. 18. Other Training<br />Family Literacy and Aboriginal Language<br />Music and Literacy<br />Talking Books (using PowerPoint)<br />Introduction to Family Literacy<br />Early Childhood Training<br />Storysacks<br />
  19. 19. Training<br />
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  22. 22. One Community’s Perspective<br />Mary Ann Vital is from Deline<br />I attended the Family Literacy Training Institute (2001)<br />Since then I have been to many training events and workshops<br />And now I am a presenter at the Council’s training events<br />I have been running family literacy programs on and off for almost 10 years<br />
  23. 23. What programs do I offer in my community?<br />Books in the Home<br />Craft nights<br />Culture and language<br />1-2-3 Rhyme With Me<br /> Family Literacy Nights (using How to Kits)<br />
  24. 24. Successes<br />Lots of participants<br />More reading in homes<br />Children more prepared for school<br />Children are familiar with books<br />Slavey programs<br />Books into people’s homes<br />
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  28. 28. Challenges<br />Lack of funding<br />Community support (leaders)<br />Really need a full-time literacy coordinator<br />Not enough time to organize activities (from side of my desk)<br />Getting resources – books, crafts, etc. (everything has to be shipped)<br />
  29. 29. How it has affected my community<br />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…<br />Children are more prepared for school<br />Parents are more comfortable with books<br />Parents are more comfortable going to the school<br />Parents have a better understanding of the importance of learning together as a family<br />
  30. 30. Resources we developed<br />Booklets for Preschool children, in slavey with colors, numbers, shape and different objects<br />Literacy quilt with parents and children.<br />Family booklet in slavey<br />Book bag for the children at preschool  <br />Storysacks<br />
  31. 31. Plans for the future<br />More family literacy activities!<br />Try different programs<br />Continue to get more training from the NWT Literacy Council <br />Keep going and keep trying…<br />
  32. 32. NWT Literacy Council Resources<br />We have developed a wealth of resources<br />50 How-to-Kits<br />Family Literacy programs<br />Family Literacy activities<br />Adult Literacy resources<br />Essential Skills resources<br />CDs for everyone<br />Let’s check it out!<br />
  33. 33. Website<br />You need to check out our website:<br />Most of our resources are online – all you need to do is download and print!<br />