Ottawa, January 10, 2024—Indigenous-led e-learning continues to bring pedagogical advances to learners across the continent despite the need for improvements in enabling technologies like affordable high-speed internet and first-mile and last-mile broadband initiatives to guarantee access to education and other crucial government services in rural and remote areas.
E-learning and distance learning have long been in effect across Canada, and Indigenous-led e-learning has also played an innovative role in this space since its inception. From early radio-run schools and language programs to ongoing Indigenous-run massive open online classes and internet high schools, today, many Indigenous learning professionals in both secondary and post-secondary education are pursuing innovative projects to improve digital equity and Indigenize learning with technology. Their aim is to generate access to secondary and ongoing education and other training programs unavailable in many communities.
This ICTC report, Indigenous-Led E-Learning and Enabling Technologies: A Scan of Programs in Canada, provides a detailed context for Indigenous e-learning and an overview of Indigenous-led e-learning programs that are filling important gaps in secondary education or helping to preserve language and culture within Indigenous communities, as identified by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
“Indigenous-led e-learning in Canada has been a catalyst for pedagogical innovation, bridging educational gaps and fostering cultural inclusion. This report underscores the pivotal role of Indigenous-led e-learning, enabling high-quality education, adult learning, and essential skills development within Indigenous communities. Supporting these programs is integral to Canada’s reconciliation process.”
—Namir Anani, ICTC President and CEO
The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) is a neutral, not-for-profit national center of expertise with the mission of strengthening Canada’s digital advantage in the global economy. For over 30 years, and with a team of 110 experts, we have delivered forward-looking research, practical policy advice, and capacity-building solutions for individuals and businesses. The organization’s goal is to ensure that technology is utilized to drive economic growth and innovation and that Canada’s workforce remains competitive on a global scale.
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A copy of the study can be accessed here.
A French-language press release of this report is here.
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