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Transforming Lives With Technology

Connected North

location_on Baffin, Unorganized, Canada
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.
“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!”

Parents of Connected North Students

Overview

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HundrED 2022

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Innovation Overview

STUDENTS
Target Group
20 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2014
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
883
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Updated on November 10th, 2021
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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.

How does your innovation work 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 connectednorth@takingitglobal.org and let us know how you can be involved!

Research

HundrED Academy Review

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.

- HundrED Academy Member

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.

- HundrED Academy Member
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.
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Connected North Awarded the Canadian Psychological Association’s 2020 Humanitarian Award
Connected North has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)’s Humanitarian Award. Past recipients of this award include: Canadian Council of Refugees, Louise Bradley, Justice Murray Sinclair, Theo Fleury, Honorable Roméo Dallaire, and more. Read more here.
RRDSB recognizes volunteers and employees 2020
The RRDSB Community Partner of the Year was Connected North. They were recognized for providing innovative programming for students through the Connected North program, both in the classroom and, now, from home. Read more.
Chief Bonnetrouge authors new Dene children's book alongside daughter - CKLB Radio
Ehdaro: Denelı̨a dı̨ı̨ meghayé, łıé dzę meghǫ́t’ǫh (Big Point: A Day in the Life of a Four Year Old Dene Boy) was a community collaboration, written by Bonnetrouge and his daughter Karalyn Menicoche. Local Fort Providence artist Cynthia Landry contributed with drawings and Doris Camsell was in charge of the translations. Read more.
Children’s Book Launch as a part of Haida Language Revitalization Efforts
This timeless children’s book and Haida language resource was written by the mother-daughter duo Lynn Hughan and Carsen Gray in an effort to bring stories of family, childhood and history to the community. Read more here.
Halq’eméylem Language Card Deck launches to support Indigenous language revitalization efforts
This educational tool, designed by Ovila Mailhot, showcases Coast Salish art and local animals while introducing key vocabulary in an effort to celebrate and revitalize Helq’eméylem language for future generations. Read more here.
Imaa Baawitigong, new Ojibwe children’s book, supports Language Revitalization and Land…
This bilingual Ojibwe — English children’s book is based on a story captured and translated by Jason Jones based on teachings from Elders in the Rainy Lake Area. Read more here.

Milestones

Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
December 2020
Future of Good Top 100 COVID-19 Recovery Projects
August 2020
Canadian Psychological Association Humanitarian Award
June 2020
Community Partner of the Year, Rainy River District School Board
January 2018
Outstanding Contribution for Video Conferencing in Education, International Society for Technology in Education
January 2017
Information Technology Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Public Sector Innovation
January 2015
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations
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