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.
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
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.
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