De Beers books in homes programs is finishing up this week with two more communities to visit.
Company representatives alongside reps from Student Financial Assistance and the NWT Literacy Council have already made stops in Tlicho communities like Gameti and Whati.
At last week’s stop to Lutsel K’e Dene School, grade four students Delsin and Zachary were among many smiling faces with their new books.
Zachary picked up some hockey books to learn more about his favourite sport, and Delsin says he loves having new book choices and reads more because of the program.
The school’s principal Vivian Harris says the students love reading, and the Books in Homes program allows them to have books to keep forever.
This is a great way for us, with De Beers’ help of course, to get books in the homes. Our kids love reading and they do take books from here but they can’t keep them. This is a nice thing they get to keep and read with their families.
Harris also says the program may be having a positive impact on the students.
We have noticed our reading levels have gone up this year, we still have a ways to go but we’re getting there.
Alongside the Books in Homes programs, De Beers has brought representatives from Ni Hadi Xa to host information sessions on the monitoring group.
Ni Hadi Xa is an agreement between De Beers and five indigenous groups signed in 2014.
The group is responsible for environmental and traditional monitoring around Gahcho Kue.
The sessions have offered community members a chance to speak one on one with session leaders from De Beers, which Lutsel K’e Chief Darryl Marlowe says was a model that seems like it can work.
People that don’t normally ask questions were asking questions, so it was good to see. Something different and I think it kind of worked so maybe we can look at something like that going into the future.
The program is in N’Dilo at K’anemi Dene school on Tuesday, and wrap up in Dettah on Thursday.