NWT-specific digital literacy
DigitalNWT aims to strengthen the foundation of community-based digital literacy in the Northwest Territories (NWT). With a ‘train the trainer’ approach, DigitalNWT equips a team of community-based instructors with the skills to offer digital literacy training in communities across the NWT. Participants will learn how to use digital devices, browse the Internet, manage data, and stay secure online. Upon the project’s conclusion, the local communities will have a customized digital literacy curriculum package that can be taught and updated on an ongoing basis.
The project is led by the Gwich’in Tribal Council (GTC), the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC), the Sahtú Renewable Resources Board (SRRB), and the Tłı̨chǫ Government. These organizations are partnering with the University of Alberta, the Smart Communities Society (NWT), Hands On Media Education, Aurora College, and the Aurora Research Institute to ensure the successful delivery of the program.
DigitalNWT is supported by funding from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada's Digital Literacy Exchange Program.
DigitalNWT at a glance
Course 1 Overview
This short video shows our first workshop held in Inuvik, NT on August 27-29 2019.
As of May 2020, we have trained 38 people and taught our courses to 171 participants across the Northwest Territories.
Responsive and adaptable
A dynamic region
Course materials are composed of sets of customized and flexible learning modules designed for Northern and Indigenous communities. Through hands-on activities and examples of northern innovators, the courses reflect and celebrate NWT-specific knowledge of digital technologies.
Following up and evolving
Through collaborative research activities, information about the development, adoption and use of digital technologies is documented and shared in an ongoing relationship between project partners and residents of the Northwest Territories.
Developing learning resources
The DigitalNWT team is currently developing free and open access course materials - stay tuned for more information.
Photo by Hanne Pearce
Future website plans
As this website develops, it will become a knowledge hub and online community to share information and resources about NWT-specific digital literacy.
Photo by Hanne Pearce