Aurora College, Yellowknife Playgroup, Ecology North,
Centre for Northern Families, Canadian Parents for French and Association Franco-Culturelle de Yellowknife.
We partnered with the Government of the Northwest
Territories Department of Education, Culture and
Employment to host the NWT Ministerial Literacy Awards and Adult Learners’ Luncheon. Students and instructors from Aurora College, Tree of Peace, Yellowknife Association for Community Living and Native Women’s Association were invited to take part in the awards luncheon. This year’s winner of the Council of the Federation Award was Liza Mandeville. Michelle LeMouel was the recipient of the Youth Learner Award and Shawna Coleman won the Professional Educator Award.
We celebrated Indigenous languages during
NWT Literacy Week
During NWT Literacy Week we celebrated the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages. We asked people to take part in daily Indigenous language social media challenges and we debuted our videos promoting early childhood language learning. We held events in Yellowknife andfunded comrnunities to host their own events throughout the week.
Communities around the territory celebrated NWT Literacy Week in lots of different and creative ways. Here are some events in keeping with our International Year of Indigenous Languages theme.
- The Dene Nation invited people to their office to share their language research and share conversations in various Dene languages.
- The Goyatlkò Language Centre in Dettah hosted an Introduction to Wlìllìdeh Games event.
- ChiefJulius School in Fort McPherson brought students and elders together to discuss their language. They talked about their hopes for their language in the future, how they can better learn the language, how teachers can help and how they can plan and build a relationship together.
- Deh Gáh Got’ie First Nation Aboriginal Head Start in Fort Providence hosted a moccasin-making workshop. The staff, parents, elders and children used the workshop to speak in Dene Zhatlé.
Deninue Kue First Nation in Fort Resolution hosted a community Chipewyan BINGO event.
Joseph Burr Tyrrell Elementary School in Fort Smith had a brown bag picnic lunch where community Indigenous languages were practiced and celebrated.
The Hay River Literacy Society hosted a pyjama story time for young children and families.
Aurora College in Kát\’odeeche hosted an Elders’ tea and board game afternoon.
The Children First Society in Inuvik had a cooking event. Children learned to cook moose burgers by reading and following a recipe. They used simple math to measure ingredients.
Centre. We catered and served lunch and held a raffle for northern books. It’s always a treat for us to be invited back to get a chance to talk, laugh, and enjoy times with the seniors.