Strong Indigenous communities are critical to Canada's future. Connected North delivers essential education and mental healthcare services to these communities, using Cisco's collaboration technology.

Connecting underserved communities with technology

Cisco is the proud founder of Connected North. Together with the support of an ecosystem of private & public sector partners, Indigenous community partners and non profit organizations, we are transforming education and healthcare.

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Connected North is not just about providing technology to connect remote and underserved communities, but about doing it in a way that will inspire meaningful and sustainable change, for individuals and communities while creating new relationships for the next generation of Canadians.

Education

The Connected North education program managed by TakingITGlobal focuses on three main pillars:

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Experts

Providing interactive live sessions that connect students to subject matter experts, role models, and educational institutions like museums, galleries, and laboratories.

Classroom Connect

Allowing groups of students from across the country to collaborate over live video.

Educator Development

Driving teacher professional learning, co-teaching, and mentorship opportunities through technology.

Cisco also offers access to the Networking Academy program to help build in-community IT skills

17 Connected North Schools and growing

17 Connected North Schools and growing

“I now imagine all the possibilities for our students to share their local Ojibwe language and culture; to learn with the world, instead of just learning about it; and to create students that are aware of, and comfortable with, interaction with peers across the province, the country, and the world.”

- Barbe Dennis, Principal, Mine Centre School

Healthcare

Connected North's healthcare program brings youth mental health services to remote communities via Cisco TelePresence.

RBC and Cisco support the Tele-Link Mental Health Program developed by Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children to deliver this programming which launched in Nunavut on September 2014.

Clinical Assessments
Capacity Building/ Team Consults
Education Sessions
“We believe this partnership will help build local capacity, supporting local health systems to respond, care and plan for the mental health needs of their communities. Our goal is to help improve the mental health and well-being of children and youth living in Northern Canada by providing them with barrier-free access to child and adolescent psychiatry, regardless of their location.”

- David Willis, Clinical Manager, TeleLink Mental Health Program, SickKids

The value of
Connected North

According to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, roughly 75% of Inuit children are not completing high school, with the average Aboriginal student missing 41 days of class every school year. Connected North was created to help improve these rates by enhancing the classroom experience.

81% of students said they felt they learned more in the virtual sessions than they did through traditional classroom learning.*
81%
81% of students said they felt they learned more in the virtual sessions than they did through traditional classroom learning.*
86% of students actively participated during Connected North virtual sessions **
86%
86% of students actively participated during Connected North virtual sessions **
Over 400 virtual sessions have taken place since September 2013
400
Over 400 virtual sessions have taken place since September 2013

‡ First Canadians, Canadians First: National Strategy on Inuit Education 2011
* York University,
** Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto

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