Dene Nation and Mastercard Foundation announce $170K to improve connectivity for Indigenous students

Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya. (CKLB file photo.)

Indigenous students that are having trouble accessing online classes and resources may be getting a helping hand from Dene Nation and the Mastercard Foundation.

The two organizations have partnered to offer students wireless devices to give them better connectivity for their schooling.

“The battle against COVID-19 has far reaching impacts for our communities and it is critical we support our most vulnerable with the resources they need,” said Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya in a news release.

The devices will be loaned to families so the students can access their education resources once school starts again in the fall.

The technology will be distributed to Grade 12 students. CKLB has asked Dene Nation how many students will be receiving the devices, when they will be distributed and to which communities.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to