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Tuesday, May 12 • 11:35am - 12:05pm
Digital Delivery Instruction and Remote Indigenous Communities

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Research highlights both the need and the benefits of distance education for rural and remote Indigenous communities. The first need arises from demands to find innovative ways to meet the educational needs of a growing and young Indigenous population, who often live in rural and remote parts of the country.
Because many Indigenous people live far from urban centres that offer an array of options for those wishing to pursue post secondary education, access to a quality education has been a challenge for many Indigenous people and communities situated in rural and remote regions. Digital delivery instruction [DDI] has been touted by researchers and community leaders as one way to serve this growing, and increasingly young population (Ambler, 2004; Assembly of First Nations, 2010a, 2010b; Beaton & Carpenter, 2014; Fahy, Steel, & Martin, 2009; Sisco, 2010).
By creating educational options that allow Indigenous people to stay in their home community, distance learning can contribute to the long-term sustainability of their communities (Beaton & Carpenter, 2014).
Closely related to promoting sustainable communities, DDI options can also support efforts by Indigenous nations to ensure their constitutionally recognized rights to self-determination and control over what happens on their traditional lands are maintained in the face of governments that have historically sought to undermine these rights.
The AFN (2010a, 2010b), for example, has argued that the importance of post-secondary education and skills training for First Nations youth and adults should not only meet the economic needs and economic aspirations of individuals, but should also contribute to the capacity for nation building required to foster strong First Nations governance and cultural revitalization.
The Centre for Teaching & Learning at the College of New Caledonia undertook a project to bring DDI to the Cheslatta Carrier Nation Community in Northern BC. Come hear what we learned about the possibilities for that as well as the growth we experienced in better understanding “indigenizing education.”


Tuesday May 12, 2020 11:35am - 12:05pm PDT
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