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Margaret Fiddler
Founding Principal (Retired)
Keewaytinook Internet High School

Formal education programs that are available only in an urban centre don’t work when they force out of town learners to uproot their families and destabilize their lives in order to attend. Learners in rural and remote Canada need options in how and where they can maintain life long learning opportunities.

Distance education programs designed by, and for the residents of rural and isolated communities in Canada, capitalize on the potential of information technology. By shaping the use of technology, such programs provide effective, appropriate offerings that meet the unique needs of individualized groups of people spread across this great land. With distance education, one can access the finest thought in Canada and the expertise of the world.

Self sufficiency and program ownership are at the core of successful ventures run by Canada’s Aboriginal population. KiHS is an example of how Aboriginal people provide essential services to their own people and communities, using leading - edge technology, maintaining cultural integrity, and still meeting main stream parameters.

Once learners have optimized usage of technology in tele-education and telehealth, there is the potential to expand IT usage to generate prosperity through economic development for themselves and Canada as a whole.

I look forward to the day when urban centres catch up to the north, utilizing information technologies to learn from the best resources throughout Canada and the world, and allowing themselves to take advantage of the benefits of living in the 21st century.


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