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Connected North

Transforming Lives With Technology

Connected North fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities. This leading edge program delivers immersive and interactive education services, through high definition, two-way video conference technology. The program is made possible through a strong ecosystem of supporters with program delivery managed by Canadian charity TakingITGlobal.

HundrED 2022


HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2022

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Students upper
April 2024
“Thank you for all of the amazing sessions you have delivered through the interruption of face-to-face learning across the country! Thanks for putting together these programs for our children!”

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Connected North’s objective is rooted in our belief in equitable access to education. The program aims to ensure that students in remote communities have access to the same opportunities and experiences as students elsewhere in Canada.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

Through videoconferencing, we provide live, interactive educational content that is engaging and innovative, with the goal of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life, improving outcomes for Indigenous students. The program provides a dynamic model for experiential learning in classrooms across the country, addressing the challenges of providing much-needed teacher and student support and resources.

Delivered in school environments, in collaboration with a network of partners, Connected North offers three core content elements:

1. Expert sessions: Live, interactive video sessions connecting participants to subject matter experts, role models, and educational institutions.

2. Future Pathways & Connected Classrooms: Connecting students to Indigenous role models, mentors, and student leaders across the country to inspire pathways towards higher education.

3. Capacity Building: Use of the collaborative technology for professional learning and
mentorship opportunities.

How has it been spreading?

In the next 2-3 years, we aim for thoughtful growth through a community based approach. There are over 600 First Nations schools in Canada, and we are explore how to serve more remote, Indigenous communities in the country. Expanding school numbers is not all that matters: we also aim to grow the Connected North Session Menu and to have it equally balanced with Indigenous and non-Indigenous content; we will work to support the capacity and resilience in schools to successfully deliver 21st century learning; and we will creatively support students with opportunities and programming customized to their needs & interests.

In 2020-21, 91.8% of teachers felt that Connected North sessions helped to engage their students, contributing to their attendance in class and motivation for learning.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Reach out to and let us know how you can be involved!

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Its focus on indigenous communities makes this innovation extremely impactful as it is helping to reduce the education gap in rural areas by providing access to content that is engaging and innovative. Connecting students to indigenous role models, mentors and leaders across the country embraces their culture, fosters social sensitivity and increases feelings of empowerment in school and in life.

HundrED Academy Reviews

Connected North seems to me to be adaptable and suited to all over the world. It is about educating people about other cultures which is essential for the next generation and we now have sufficient technological advancement to do so.

This innovation is highly impactful because access to technology gives indigenous students meaningful opportunities (technological literacy, connection with culture, quality education) that would otherwise not be found in rural regions.

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