What is Connected North?

Connected North fosters student engagement and enhanced education outcomes in remote Indigenous communities. This leading edge program delivers immersive and interactive education services, through Cisco's high definition, two-way TelePresence video technology. The program is made possible through a strong ecosystem of supporters with program delivery managed by TakingITGlobal. The goal is to provide students and teachers with access to content that is engaging and innovative, with the hope of increasing feelings of empowerment in school and in life.

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In light of school closures resulting from COVID-19, Connected North has launched Connected [email protected] to continue to serve students from our partner communities wherever possible. Connected North providers have now offered hundreds of sessions for students across our network to connect to museums, zoos, artists, storytellers and other amazing organizations to offer unique learning experiences while students are at home.

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The Future Pathways program builds relationships between Indigenous role models and high school students in the Connected North network to deliver advice, expertise and guidance. The program also offers two public resources, our Fireside Chats video series with Indigenous role models, and the Future Pathways Navigator, a web site to support student transitions from remote communities to post-secondary institutions. We invite you to explore these resources below, and thank RBC Foundation for their support in bringing these initiatives to life!

Read the Blogs  Watch Fireside Chat Videos  Explore the Navigator (beta)

In light of ongoing developments resulting from COVID-19, and based on guidance and risk considerations from the Government of Canada concerning large events and gatherings, we have taken the decision to postpone our 2020 Tech4Good tournament to a later date, which we hope to announce soon.

The Connected North Story

Participating Schools

Program Principles

Relationship Building

Relationship Building

Building trust with students, educators and communities by demonstrating respect, humility and transparency in all that we do.

Empowerment Through Role Models

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

Customized Content

Delivering content that is relevant to the unique cultures, local contexts and priorities of each school.


Thinking Beyond The Classroom

Understanding that students' experiences within the classroom cannot be disconnected from their realities outside of the classroom including historical and social contexts.

Adapting Expectations

Working with the unique strengths, challenges and learning goals for each school and letting them guide what success looks like.

Incorporating a Diversity of Voices

Welcoming input from a range of sources on how we can best support participating students and educators.



Program Founder


Ecosystem Leader



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Lead Program Supporters

Program Supporters

  • Annick Tyers-Tonet & Terry Tonet

  • Barry & Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust

  • Dan Madon

  • Gail MacNaughton

  • John & Nina Cassils

  • MacKinnon Family Charitable Fund

  • Peter & Catherine Clark Family Foundation

  • Pace Family Foundation

  • Sean St. John

  • Sheila du Toit

  • R. Howard Webster Foundation

  • Willa Black & Donald Jarvis

Other Program Partners

Thanks to our other 2018-2019 Supporters

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Donate to support the program

Ecosystem leader TakingITGlobal is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency (866686991RR0001). Donations to the program can be made online or mailed to:

Connected North
c/o TakingITGlobal
117 Peter Street, Suite 212
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 0M3

Did you know you can designate your Workplace United Way donation to support Connected North? Enter "Taking IT Global Youth Association" and charitable number 866686991RR0001 on your pledge form!

We can also accept gifts of securities! Would you like to discuss a donation? E-mail our Donor Relations Advisor Allison at [email protected].

Interested in delivering sessions?

We'd love to learn more about the resources, content, and stories you'd like to share! Apply to be a content provider here.

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