Using Cisco two-way video conferencing technology, students are given digital access to mentors, teachers, and other classrooms. Whether it’s virtual field trips or sessions with experts, Connected North students are transported from the classroom to a world of possibilities.

 

 

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Connecting Indigenous students and inspiring endless possibilities

Cisco is the proud founder of Connected North, a ground breaking program that delivers virtual education and mental wellness programming to remote, underserved communities through Cisco collaboration technology.

Today, Connected North is led and managed by charity partner TakingITGlobal and supported by an ecosystem of partners.

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Connected North is not just about providing technology to connect schools. It’s about connecting in a way that inspires meaningful and sustainable change, empowering youth on their learning journeys and creating new relationships for the next generation of Canadians.

The value of
Connected North

According to Statistics Canada, Indigenous youth graduate high school at approximately half the rate of their non-Indigenous peers (First Nations 57%, and Inuit 40%).

81% of students in Nunavut said they felt they learned more in the virtual sessions than they did through traditional classroom learning.*
81%
81% of students in Nunavut said they felt they learned more in the virtual sessions than they did through traditional classroom learning.*
86% of First Nations students in pilot school actively participated during Connected North virtual sessions **
86%
86% of First Nations students in pilot school actively participated during Connected North virtual sessions **
Over 1000 virtual sessions have taken place in Connected North schools since September 2013
1000
Over 700 virtual sessions have taken place in Connected North schools since September 2013

* York University,
** Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto

Classroom Experiences

Connected North focuses on five main pillars:

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Experts & Virtual Fieldtrips

Connecting students with subject matter experts and educational institutions like museums, galleries and science centres.

Classroom Connect

Allowing groups of students from across the country to collaborate.

Educator Development

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

Mentorship

Connecting students with First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous role models to inspire hope and future pathways.

Mental Wellness Programming

Focusing on the delivery of preventative mental health and wellness programming.

“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

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."

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."

Chef Wolfman

"I thought, ‘there’s a great opportunity. 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."


Parr Josephee

"I like to meet a lot of people. I learn from them and they learn from me. And with Connected North, everyone is a student and everyone is a teacher.”

Michelle Williams

"Seeing how something that I take for granted, so simple in my everyday life, can have that much meaning or impact to someone else…has inspired me to want to do more.”

Launched in 2013 with one school in Iqaluit, Connected North now reaches 33 schools in the Yukon, NorthWest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario.

27 TelePresence enabled sites and growing