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Bridging Gaps: Technology Supports for Learning and Wellbeing in Northern Communities, with Jennifer Corriero

"Climate Change and Mental Health: Listening to the Canadian North" is a three-part seminar series organized by the Wellness Impact Lab at the Dahdaleh Institute, York University. This series focuses on the interplay between climate change and mental health, particularly in the context of the Canadian North, highlighting Indigenous perspectives.

The final session, "Bridging Gaps: Technology Supports for Learning and Wellbeing in Northern Communities," presented by Jennifer Corriero of Connected North, will focus on utilizing technology to enhance wellbeing and education within remote, Indigenous communities in the North. The session will introduce Connected North, its goals, and discuss how technology can be a vital tool in supporting communities. It will also cover effective collaboration strategies with local communities, share success stories of technological interventions, and explore future growth opportunities.

It is strongly encouraged for participants to register for the three sessions. A certificate of completion will be provided to those who attend all sessions of this seminar series.

Speaker Profiles

Jennifer Corriero

Jennifer has been a social innovator for over 20 years who has a commitment to meaningful community engagement. She is the Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, an organization she co-founded in 1999 that co-designs and delivers youth engagement programs that leverage the power of technology and creativity. She has led microgrants programs supporting community-led initiatives since 2004; and since 2015, TakingITGlobal has grown the Connected North program to offer virtual interactive learning experiences for classrooms based in remote, Indigenous communities. Jennifer holds a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University and has served as Adjunct Professor for the Faculty of Health at York University between 2011-2016 where she helped to launch the Agents of Change course. Currently, Jennifer is a Community Fellow working with the Wellness Impact Lab (WIL), Dahdaleh Institute at York University.

Waukomaun Pawis

Waukomaun is a proud member of the Ojibwe community from Wasauksing First Nation. With a background in the film and television industry, Waukomaun's passion for storytelling is deeply rooted in his cultural heritage. Whether he's helping to amplify the voices of others or sharing his own narrative, Waukomaun believes in the power of storytelling to connect, inspire, and empower.

Driven by a desire to strengthen the connection between young people and their language, culture, and identity, Waukomaun is committed to providing opportunities in education. He sees himself as a facilitator, connecting youth with role models who can support them on their journey of self-discovery and growth. In his role with Connected North, Waukomaun serves as a bridge between students and classrooms across Canada, collaborating with partnering schools to provide access to Indigenous role models and educational experts. Through these connections, he strives to enrich the learning experiences and opportunities of the next generation, recognizing that youth are the cornerstone of our future.

Waukomaun's dedication to nurturing the gifts of young people reflects his belief in the importance of community and cultural preservation. He is committed to creating a brighter future by empowering youth to embrace their heritage, pursue their passions, and make a positive impact on the world around them.

Jennifer Manitowabi 

Jennifer is a mother of 3 who enjoys working from home in Lac Seul First Nation as a Connected North Community Lead. She has teaching experience in a variety of schools and in a variety of classrooms. As a Connected North Provider Jennifer teaches about the Ojibway Jingle Dress and Ojibway Floral Drawing. Jennifer has worked as a teacher, a principal, an education director and an executive director for Northern Nishnawbe Education Council that assists 21 northern Ontario First Nations to reach post secondary achievements. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies at Lakehead University. 

Eileen Beaver

Eileen, is a Dene language specialist who grew up in the hair of Denendeh, in the community of Rocher River. Her first languages are Denesuline and Latin, though her presentations are done in English. She’s been a K-12 language teacher for 25 years. She is the lead actor, translator, an Elder advisor behind the Three Feathers movie production. She has worked with Connected North as a Content Provider and an Elder in Residence over the past year and a half. 

Register below and join us on Wednesday, February 14, at 1 p.m.


Registration for this event has closed.


Wednesday, February 14, 2024


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2024
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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