Welcome to the "ICT Best Practices in Rural, Remote & Aboriginal Communities"

Congratulations to the following Contest Winners! The winning stories each receive a laptop, courtesy of the Nunavut Community Access Program.

British Columbia:
  • A Different Spin: Film & Video Skills Development & Training - Tatlayoko Think Tank, Tatlayoko Lake
  • North Island College Online Observatory & Subsequent Robotics Initiatives - Tatlayoko Think Tank, Tatlayoko Lake
  • Meaningful Media: The Weaving of Digital Stories and Collaborative Narratives into Digital Strategies in the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement Community - Fishing Lake
  • Blackout Music, Blackout Music Group, Winnipeg
  • E-Indexing in Northern Manitoba - CAP Site, Cranberry Portage
  • Marlene Street Resource Centre - CAP Site -  Winnipeg
  • Mobile Technology Workshops - Winnipeg
  • Persons with Disabilities Individualized e-Capacity Building - Winnipeg
  • All the Voices: Grassroots, Participatory Community Media, Newfoundland
  • Women’s Voices: The Development of a Project-Based Learning Methodology - Smart Labrador Inc, Forteau
Nova Scotia:
  • Mobile CAP Site – Boys & Girls Club of East Dartmouth, Dartmouth
  • Geolocation Projects from HRC@P - Halifax Regional CAP, Halifax
  • Wolfville Radio - Wolfville Community Radio Project, Wolfville
  • Igliniit (Routinely Travelled Trails) - Ilisaqsivik Society, Clyde River
  • Together at a Distance (T@D)- Nunavut Department of Education's Online e-Learning workshops
  • Clyde River Weather Station Network -  Ilisaqsivik Society, Clyde River
  • Good Learning Anywhere – Sioux Hudson Literacy Council, Sioux Lookout
  • K-Net Meeting Place - Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Sioux Lookout
  • Myknet.org - Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Sioux Lookout
  • Marieval Enterprise Center ICT Best Practices in Rural Communities 2010-2011 - Marieval Enterprise Center Grayson
  • The e-Commerce Yukon Project: e-Commerce Business Advisory Service - Council of Yukon First Nations
Winners of the Northern Contest:
  • The Community Insight Project: Teaching the Skills of Local Heritage Documentation - Ktikmeot Heritage Society, Cambridge Bay, NU
  • Film & Television Skills Promotion in Clyde River - Ilisaqsivik Society, Clyde River, NU
  • Arctic Bay Traditional Name Placing Project - Nunavut Youth Consulting, Arctic Bay, NU
  • Media Production and Cultural Promotion - Nunavut Youth Consulting, Arctic Bay, NU
  • "There Dream Lives On": A Media Arts Club Project In Northern Manitoba - Netsilik School, Taloyoak, NU

We would like to thank everyone who had taken the time to share their story.  All stories will be published in digital and hard copy format.    


Contest Component is now closed.

We have learned that formal workshops and seminars are not the best delivery methods for Information and Communications Technology (“ICT”) training in Inuit communities.  As a result, we modified our projects and began to deliver training based on the expressed needs and demands of community members, and in hands-on, one-on-one and small group settings.  This method worked very well.  The key is simply to find ways of engaging learners in the mode in which they are comfortable learning.

Inuit communicate and learn best orally and visually.  New practices are taught in a hands-on learning environment.  Text-based education in a formal classroom setting in a foreign language (English) is not received well.  In fact, it is part of the reason that Inuit have been left far behind in our education system.  Wisdom is shared in a face-to-face manner between two people or small groups of people wherein the learners are taught while “doing”.  This is less accessible in a formal, workshop environment.

Our goals are:

  • to test different methods of engaging learners through community-based ICT projects both in Nunavut and throughout Canada in remote, rural, & Aboriginal communities;
  • to collect best-practices that can be easily shared and duplicated in such communities; and
  • to disseminate these best-practices across Canada so as to encourage duplication of learning methods that actually work in our rural, remote and aboriginal communities.
Do you have any examples of projects that prove ICT learning in a non-classroom setting?  (see Contest section)

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact us!

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