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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 – Waukomaun Pawis

Waukomaun Pawis

"Our students need to see that there are Indigenous people who are doing very well for themselves in their chosen field of study or their career. In some of our communities, we don’t see that on a regular basis."

Stories of Connected North: Establishing a digital legacy across Canada – Willa Black

Willa Black

"By listening to the community leaders, we learn what we can do to bring the right services to the right students at the right time. That is the magic of video collaboration."

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

Chef Wolfman

"I thought, ‘there’s a great opportunity.’ 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. I think it’s really valuable that students are able to talk to me. Ask questions. Answer questions. It works both ways."

Help us transform education and mental wellness outcomes for Indigenous students

Join Cisco as we embark on a National fundraising campaign in support of the Connected North program.