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Royal visit has lasting impact for Indigenous students in the Yukon

by ahnationtalk on September 30, 20161047 Views


Royal visit has lasting impact for Indigenous students in the Yukon

Royal visit has lasting impact for Indigenous students in the Yukon

Student John Allen with his new laptop, just before meeting the Royal couple

WHITEHORSEThe Royal Visit to the Yukon has left a lasting impact for students of the Dusk’a Head Start Family Learning Centre, where 29 children received laptops and books from One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada, the Prince’s Charities of Canada and TD Bank Group. On Wednesday morning, Dusk’a students met Prince Wiliam and Kate Middleton during a story circle, where Kwalin Dün First Nation elder Lorraine Allen read a book written in the Southern  Tutchone language. The book has been produced as part of an initiative of Prince’s Charities Canada (which supports the Canadian charitable work of The Prince of Wales) and its partners SayITFirst, the Yukon Native Languages Centre, the Dusk’a Head Start Learning Centre.

A digital copy of the book and accompanying video was provided to Dusk’a students on OLPC Canada laptops. The laptops contain a digital library of educational and cultural content by contributors such as Indigenous performer Buffy Sainte-Marie. “We are honoured that our students at the Dusk’a Head Start Family Learning Centre are receiving these laptops” said Erin Pauls, Manager-Director of the Dusk’a Head Start Learning Centre. “This donation will make a big difference to student learning, especially with the digital content in the Southern Tutchone language.”

Since launching in 2010, OLPC Canada has provided over 15,000 Indigenous students with educational technology. With this donation, the Dusk’a Head Start Family Learning Centre has joined OLPC’s growing network of more than 70 Indigenous education programs nationwide.

At present, there are outstanding requests for support from more than 220 communities, representing more than 20,000 Indigenous students from coast to coast to coast. Ross River School in the Yukon Territory is among those who are seeking access to OLPC technology for 60 students ranging from grades 4-12. “The use of technology is greatly needed to enhance student success in school” said Ross River Principal Fran Etzel “Many do not own computers, so the use of technology at home is limited. New digital tools can enhance student learning both at school and home”. Canadian residents can contribute to the campaign for Ross River by visiting

About One Laptop per Child Canada

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada enhances education for Aboriginal youth with technological tools designed for 21st century learners. For more information, please contact Jennifer Martino, Executive Director, OLPC Canada ( or 647-530-5303.


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