Aboriginal Languages Literacy Program
The Aboriginal Languages Literacy Program provides financial assistance to community organizations to develop and deliver local projects that will help people increase their literacy levels and raise awareness of the importance of literacy in the aboriginal languages of the NWT.
In the NWT literacy is linked to language, social context and cultural identity. Literacy includes concepts such as: reading different kinds of printed material, writing, speaking, listening, observation, visual representation, numeracy, use of technology, critical thinking and problem solving. Literacy development is encouraged in the 11 official language of the NWT.
Through the Aboriginal Languages Literacy Program, contributions are provided to official Aboriginal language communities to support the preservation, maintenance, enhancement and revitalization of their languages and for community based literacy programs. The focus of this funding initiative is on community and family literacy, and on developing Aboriginal language resources.
Eligible projects contribute to enhancing literacy and generate resources that can be used by others. Examples of Aboriginal language literacy projects include: Aboriginal language curriculum development; Aboriginal language compact discs and/or applications; oral history projects; and dictionary projects.
Funds are provided through contribution agreements, the terms of which include submission of financial and narrative reports.