A research community centered on virtual classrooms began to coalesce in 2001 thanks to funding provided by the previous Liberal government. The funding, provided by Industry Canada and Canadian Heritage, led to innovative and successful methods of improving education and cultural dialogue across Canada, including remote and indigenous community partners. Two multi-year, multi-partner projects particularly informative to current Liberal government priorities.
The deployment of the research languished for years, but revitalization of this invaluable educational/cultural asset should be an essential component under the new Liberal government’s strategy on Indigenous Education. We learned the lessons on how to provide quality education to remote communities more than a decade ago. With advancements in technology, quality education using virtual classrooms is now even more readily and affordably enabled through commercial Internet providers. Revitalization begins with a ‘flip of the switch’.