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This accession consists of records from the Language Bureau library. Most of the records were created by ECE and its predecessors, the Department of Education and the Department of Culture and Communications, but the accession also includes records created by the Department of Information, the Department of Justice, and various workshops and literacy programs hosted or coordinated by ECE and its predecessors. Records include reports on bilingual education, the curriculum from the Inuit perspective, interpreting in the NWT Courts, and literacy and language projects, including the Dene Standardization Project, the Arviat Language Research Project, and the Rae-Edzo Literacy Project; an operational review of the Language Bureau; curriculum guides, teacher’s manuals, kits and posters for K-12 language teaching, including the Dene Kede curriculum and other materials in Inuktitut, Gwich’in, North Slavey, South Slavey, Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ), Chipewyan, and Cree; a classroom assistant training manual; the Language Bureau’s newsletter, Dene Yati; teacher’s and student’s manuals for the Language Bureau’s Cree Language Program; a syllabus for teaching Dene languages literacy; audio cassettes and a course outline from a North Slavey course produced by Arctic College; training manuals, terminology lists, and program review materials from the Interpreter/Translator Program; Chipewyan and Dogrib (Tłı̨chǫ) language lessons from the Teacher Education Program; and training materials for legal interpreters.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Language Bureau

Records date from 1979-2006 and include 3850 colour slides, 2529 35mm black and white negatives, 1911 35mm colour negatives, 397 medium format black and white negatives, 64 medium format colour negatives and 2 medium format colour positives. The majority of the images were created by John Poirier in his capacity as staff photographer and darkroom technician and later Coordinator of Technical Services of the NWT Archives, located at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre (PWNHC), between 1986-2006. Other photographers unknown. Subjects include: staff members; permanent, temporary and visiting exhibits; events; and special projects at the PWNHC. Building construction and renovations, exhibit construction, PWNHC Open Houses, the Dogrib birchbark canoe project and the Dogrib caribou skin lodge figure prominently. Many of these images were used for publishing, promotional or exhibit purposes for various sections within the PWNHC.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Culture and Heritage division (2006-present)

Records program review information, newsletters to licensed daycare centres and dayhomes, and files from the School Health Steering Committee and School Health Development Committee. Some files were created when the division was part of the Department of Education.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Early Childhood and School Services division

Records include minutes and correspondence related to Directors and Superintendents Meetings and Educational Development Branch Meetings, a district review of the Sahtu Divisional Board of Education, a Lester B. Pearson College scholarship, and the Governor Generals Award Program.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Board Operations division

Records include correspondence and reports related to reviews of Divisional Boards of Education, correspondence regarding scholarships, and minutes from Directors and Superintendents meetings and divisional meetings.

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Board Operations division

Records date from 1986-1999 and include copies of agreements and support documentation between the Department and the federal government related to delivery of training programs, support and delivery of the Aboriginal and French language programs and exchange of information. There are also agreement files and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department and various Boards of Education including the Beaufort Delta, Baffin, Sahtu, South Slave, Kitikmeot, Keewatin and Deh Cho. These files contain copies of the MOU between the Department and Boards. There is also MOU related to the transfer of Sir John Franklin High School to the Yellowknife Education District No.1 (YK 1). The remaining records relate to a regional operations review file, a Minister's conference on Education that focused on the departmental strategic planning document "Mapping Our Future" and a file containing participants notes and final reports from a Focus Group Workshop, “Foundations for the Future."

Northwest Territories. Department of Education, Culture and Employment. Management Services division

Records from the division include a regional operations review; minutes from regional consultations regarding the consolidation and transfer of social assistance programs to the department; a decision paper and correspondence related to the establishment of two colleges after division of the Northwest Territories; and correspondence and reports related to the closing and future uses of Akaitcho Hall, Kivalliq Hall and Ukkivik residences, as well as a review of the management and operations of Akaitcho Hall produced by the Department of Education. Records from Aurora College include correspondence, decision papers, program review and evaluation files for the Apprenticeship and Trades Program, Early Childhood Education Program, Mill and Mining Training, and the Adult Basic Education (ABE) Program, as well as a Graduate Follow-up Survey report.

Northwest Territories. Aurora College