Building Instructional Capacity for Digital Literacy Teaching in the NWT (DigitalNWT)

Digital literacy, or an individual’s ability to find and interact with information on digital platforms, is an important skill in modern society. This project seeks to strengthen digital literacy across remote communities in the Northwest Territories, by training specialists to deliver tailor-made courses in their home communities. Each year, a new course of increasing complexity will be offered to communities, covering topics like online security, social media, and connections between technology and traditional ways. Researchers are conducting research throughout the territory to see what topics are the most important to include and will publish their findings about their experience building digital literacy in remote locations. Hopefully, the successes of this project can help inspire other remote regions to implement similar programs.

Growing Climate Change Awareness Among Students

Effectively informing youths about the effects of climate-driven changes on their environment requires methodologies that visible identify these effects in a fun-filled, entertaining, interactive and informative manner. This strategy will be even more effective if the lessons are delivered by persons the children can relate to and in an environment that is familiar and comfortable to them. Based on the above premise the project deliver climate change information to Western Arctic students through on-the-land p rograms that infuses traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science. In this program, students—accompanied by a team of local elders, research scientists, and teachers—will visit local sites where the effects of climate-driven changes are identifiable. During the visit students will observe and participate in the use of the infusion of traditional knowledge with Earth and Space science to identify, map and monitor the effects of climate-driven changes on their environment.

Stories of Hope

Canada’s education system is failing its Indigenous students. Educational institutions need to confront the impacts of ongoing colonialism in their classrooms if they want to engage Indigenous students and close education gap that exists for them. Approaching education through a decolonized lens may be a solution. Decolonizing school systems involves rethinking the way schooling is delivered, including curriculum, methodologies, and relationships with communities.
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