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A digital bridge for connecting Canada's North

A DIGITAL BRIDGE FOR CONNECTING CANADA'S NORTH
WRITTEN BY DANIELA FISHER ON 03 APRIL 2014. POSTED IN COLLABORATION

Collaboration tools aren’t just meant for the office –
they can help in schools and hospitals as well. For
Cisco, they hold the potential to transform the way
education and healthcare are delivered in the North.

MONDAY, 07 APRIL 2014

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Connected North involves using high-definition video
communication and collaboration technology to connect students who are thousands of kilometers
apart. It uses two-way video calling to connect students from remote and northern Aboriginal and Inuit
communities with the rest of Canada.
"By leveraging our technology expertise and uniting key private and public sector partners, we are aiming to
make Connected North a vital and productive component of northern communities that will bring new
levels of opportunities to inhabitants,” said Nitin Kawale, president, Cisco Canda. “And what you see here
today is only the beginning. The program's results in Iqaluit will be studied and used to develop longer term
strategies for sustainability throughout Canada."
Through the initiative, students can speak with kids their age and teachers throughout Canada, as well as
get lessons from experts across the country. The new learning initiative aims to gets students to attend class
regularly.
“Working together, we can utilize new technology in all our schools to make the classroom experience more
exciting and engaging,” said Paul Quassa, Minister of Education, Nunavut, who was present at the
announcement.

MOBILITY

Using prioritized satellite bandwidth donated by SSi Micro, grade six, seven, and eight classes in Iqaluit are
getting a fresh approach to learning. Following yesterday's announcement, two additional schools – one in
Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, and a high school in Arviat, Nunavut, will be joining the program in
September of this year.
The virtual education program uses Cisco’s TelePresence, and Partners in Research’s Virtual Research on
Call (VROC) platform.
Cisco’s Connected North program will also focus on bringing psychiatric and youth mental health services to
the North, using Cisco’s Telepresence high-definition video links. For this initiative, the RBC Foundation and
Cisco have joined with the Tele-Link Mental Health Program developed by Toronto's Hospital for Sick
Children.
Tele-Link uses videoconferencing and other technologies to give timely access to specialist services. With
funding from the RBC and technology from Cisco, Tele-Link will launch in select Nunavut health centres in
September 2014.
"We believe this partnership will help build local capacity, supporting local health systems to respond, care
and plan for the mental health needs of their communities,” said David Willis, clinical manager, TeleLink
Mental Health Program, SickKids. “Our goal is to help improve the mental health and well-being of children
and youth living in Northern Canada by providing them with barrier-free access to child and adolescent
psychiatry, regardless of their location."

Au th o r: Daniela Fisher Em ail: daniela.fisher@iticonline.ca
Daniela Fisher is a staff writer at IT in Canada and

Biotechnology Focus. She is also a contributing writer to
OnlyIT. As a science and technology journalist, Daniela
covers the latest developments in both science and IT, as
well as industry news.

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