Northwest Territories Announces Recipients of 2021 Literacy Awards

The GNWT has released a video announcing the recipients of the latest Ministerial Literacy Awards and the Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Minister’s Awards are presented to youth and adult learners, educators and organizations in the NWT who have demonstrated achievement in literacy and development.

The Council of the Federation Award, given in each province and territory, recognizes excellence in literacy in Canada.


In the Northwest Territories, the Council of the Federation Literacy Award went to the Northern Mosaic Network – formerly the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife – for promoting literacy and encouraging inclusive and supportive language.

The Ministerial Literacy Awards were given as follows:

Young Learner Awards: Lily Hongfor his ongoing commitment to his literacy development.

Adult Learner Price: Oyunbileg Bernabéfor his active participation in numerous literacy programs in Yellowknife.


Carolyne Whenham
Carolyne Whenham. Photo: Supplied

Outstanding NWT Educator: Carolyne Whenhamfor her 17 years as an educator in the North, generating a love of reading in the community.

Outstanding Support for Literacy Development NWT Business Awards: Judith DrinnanYellowknife Book Cellar, for its dedication to the literacy community over the past four decades.

Technology Literacy Support Award: Aurora Collegefor his rapid change and continued adaptation to online learning and teaching during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Valerie Lamalice
Valerie Lamalice. Photo: Supplied

Second Language Learning Prices: Michael Mifflinfor his commitment to learning to speak Tłı̨chǫ at Collège Nordique Francophone, and the following participants in the mentor apprenticeship program – Alicia Camille, Amy Amos, Bertha Drygeese, Dwayne Drescher, vital joy, Kerry Ann Franki, Valerie Lamalice and Patricia Manuel.

To nominate someone for future awards, visit the GNWT website or the Council of the Federation Literacy Award webpage.


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