So what to do? Establish a strategy within the government and, in particular, Carolyn Bennett’s office, which acknowledges and exploits this invaluable asset. Then, find a community wherein a pilot project could be developed.
West Québec’s Pontiac riding is comprised of urban/suburban, immigrant, agricultural, indigenous, and remote communities, operating in both official languages, all within a vast and varied geography; in other words, the perfect representation of Canada. Additionally, Pontiac’s southern zone is in the National Capital region and within reach of federal and corporate technology partners.
These attributes make Pontiac the perfect test bed for a pilot project (leading to national deployment) that applies established Canadian research, expertise, knowledge, and the Liberal innovation legacy of broadband communications and distance education to the development of a virtual classroom strategy benefiting indigenous education.
In brief, the project would develop a white paper and a series of demonstration events in virtual classroom education techniques, and a documentary final report. It would pave the way for national deployment of similar events, and would ultimately contribute to the achievement of the policies outlined in the ministerial mandate letters.