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The Atikamekw Nation Council and the Digital Spring strengthen access to new technologies in the communities

Press Release - The Atikamekw Nation Council (ANC) and the Digital Spring (DS) are invited by the Atikamekw Council of Manawan and the Atikamekw Council of Opitciwan, to offer Digital Cafés in high schools between September 12 and 16, 2022. This activity is part of a series of digital education initiatives for Atikamekw youth that began in 2019.

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Communicated –  Our Council of the Atikamekw Nation (NAC) and the Digital spring (FN) are invited by the Manawan Atikamekw Council and the Opitciwan Atikamekw Council, to offer Digital Cafés in high schools between September 12 and 16, 2022. This activity is part of a series of digital education initiatives for Atikamekw youth that began in 2019.

The two communities of the Atikamekw Nation are relatively far from the major centers, and the youth living there have too few opportunities to appropriate digital tools. The NAC and the FN recognize that, in the context of rapidly evolving technologies, a growing digital divide continues to constitute an economic, social and democratic risk.  

Conducted with the collaboration of Mikisiw High School in Opitciwan and Otapi High School in Manawan, this second tour will feature a 360˚ immersive Dome, drone technology, an introductory coding workshop, as well as robotics. It will raise awareness among youth about the possibilities offered by digital technology and reflect on the challenges of integrating technologies in a desirable way in an Aboriginal context.

Photo taken this morning, September 12, at Mikisiw High School in Opitciwan.

Digital tools are inescapable and their evolution is lightning fast. Even if our communities are far from urban centers, we must allow our youth to have access to the most recent technologies in the field so that they can learn about them. We have developed a partnership with the Digital Spring for a few years now and I am pleased that it can travel to our communities. I am convinced that the experience can be repeated in the future so that all our youth can benefit from it. "

Constant AwashishGrand Chief of the Atikamekw Nation.

At Printemps numérique, we firmly believe that the democratization of digital technologies will generate wealth and that Quebec has what it takes to continue building a knowledge-based economy. We also believe that digital intelligence defines our collective capacity to express, use and enhance knowledge and literacy across all communities.
As a technology promoter, the Digital Spring also has the responsibility to ensure that the potential of digital technology is available to everyone, and we are very pleased to respond to this by offering the Digital Cafés in the Atikamekw communities.
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Mehdi BenboubakeurGeneral Manager of Printemps Numérique. 

Review the Digital Spring tour in 2019.

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