Strong Indigenous communities are critical to Canada's future. The Connected North network fosters student engagement and promotes positive mental health & wellness outcomes for students in remote Indigenous communities.

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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 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.

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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.

Classroom Experiences

Connected North focuses on five main pillars:

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Experts & Virtual Fieldtrips

Providing interactive live sessions that connect 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 over live video.

Educator Development

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

Mentorship

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

Mental Health and Wellness

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.

27 TelePresence enabled sites and growing

27 TelePresence enabled sites 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

The value of
Connected North

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.

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 700 virtual sessions have taken place in Connected North schools since September 2013
700
Over 700 virtual sessions have taken place in Connected North schools 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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