Deh Gah School
Connecting Indigenous students and inspiring endless possibilities
Cisco is the proud founder of Connected North, a ground breaking program that delivers immersive and interactive education and mental wellness digital programming to remote, underserved communities through high-definition two-way video collaboration technology. Today, Connected North is led and managed by charity partner TakingITGlobal.
Together with the support of an ecosystem of private & public sector partners, Indigenous communities, and non-profit organizations, we have built a 21st century learning network that engages Indigenous students, empowering them on their learning journeys, and inspiring hope and future pathways.
Connected North is not just about providing technology to connect schools in remote communities, but about doing it in a way that will inspire meaningful and sustainable change while creating new relationships for the next generation of Canadians.
Connected North focuses on five main pillars:
Providing interactive live sessions that connect students with subject matter experts and educational institutions like museums, galleries, and science centres.
Allowing groups of students from across the country to collaborate over live video.
Driving teacher professional learning, co-teaching, and mentorship opportunities through technology.
Connecting students with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous role models to inspire hope and future pathways.
Focusing on the delivery of preventative mental health and wellness services virtually in the classroom.
Cisco also offers access to the Networking Academy program in select communities to help build in-community IT skills.
The value of
According to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, roughly 75% of Inuit children are not completing high school, with the average Indigenous student in Canada missing 41 days of class every school year. Connected North was created to help improve student engagement and attendance by enhancing the classroom experience.
‡ First Canadians, Canadians First: National Strategy on Inuit Education 2011
* York University,
** Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto
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