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Connected North

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A Digital Legacy for the Next 150

Launched in 2013 with just one school in Iqaluit, Connected North is transforming classrooms in 27 schools in the Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Saskatchewan and Northern Ontario. Using two-way video technology provided by Cisco, the program provides schools with access to Indigenous mentors, experts, and role models, along with field trips, education and mental wellness resources often not available in remote communities. Canada’s Indigenous students deserve the opportunity to learn, grow, and dream. As we mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, help us shape the next 150 years by establishing a lasting, digital legacy that will impact future generations of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Turning digital connections into human connections

Through digital connections enabled by Connected North, real, human, face-to-face relationships are developed. Indigenous youth connect to learn, share and be proud of their heritage. Through mentors and virtual experiences, they discover the options their futures could hold. Through virtual field trips, they experience life outside their community. They strengthen their resilience. They learn to be curious. They learn that their lives are full of possibilities.

  • $300K Fundraising Goal to support the growth of Connected North

    Fundraising Goal to support the growth of Connected North.

  • 30 Schools participating in Connected North by Fall 2017

    Schools participating in Connected North by Fall 2017.

  • 700+ Virtual sessions in Connected North schools since 2013

    Virtual sessions in Connected North schools since 2013.

Stories of Connected North

Stories of Connected North: Establishing a digital legacy across Canada – Parr Editloie

Parr Editloie

“I want to make something cool that helps people connect. I tell students to take every opportunity you have. The more people and experiences they have [to learn] something cool, the more they try and practice. They get inspired. Through Connected North they can actually see [what is being taught] and learn about it on the screen. Everybody is a student and everybody is a teacher.”– Parr Editloie, 18, Connected North mentor. Born in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Parr attended Connected North sessions as a student. He now lives in Ontario.

Stories of Connected North: Establishing a digital legacy across Canada – Michael Furdyk

Michael Furdyk

“Sustainability and independence is our goal. We want to build long-term capacity for Connected North in the schools and communities we serve to deliver interactive, locally-relevant education experiences for students. This requires a strong network of Indigenous content providers, including mentors, role models, cultural centres, and elders able to share their knowledge with students.” – Michael Furdyk, co-founder and director of technology for Taking ITGlobal, the charity organization that operates Connected North.

Stories of Connected North: Establishing a digital legacy across Canada – Chef David Wolfman

Chef Wolfman

“When I was approached to be part of Connected North, I thought, “there’s a great opportunity. [Students] can communicate with me.” So immediately, the wheels started rolling and I said, “here’s what I think we should do. We send them the same food I have. I’ll cook. They’ll cook.” We communicate back and forth. And I think it’s really valuable that students are able to talk to me. Ask questions. Answer questions. It works both ways.” – Chef David Wolfman, George Brown College professor, TV personality, cookbook author, and Connected North mentor.