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Northland School Division gets donation of 175 Chromebooks

PHOTO. Supplied. The Métis Nation of Alberta and Rupertsland Institute have donated 175 Chromebooks to the Northland School Division.

The Northland School Division (NSD) has received 175 Chromebooks to help support Métis students online learning.

The donation is from the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) and Rupertsland Institute (RLI).

The NSD launched a Continuing Student Learning Plan on March 27 that incorporates paper based learning and the use of technology to deliver content, encourage participate and collaboration between educators and students. It also allows educations to assess students work and provide feedback.

“When in-person classes were cancelled, we contacted families to help them prepare for paper based or online learning,” said Dr. Nancy Spencer-Poitras, Superintendent of Schools. “Programming was then developed depending on the needs of the students and the resources they had available. We appreciate how the Métis Nation of Alberta and Rupertsland Institute are supporting NSD families. Even during this challenging time, it’s important to help students acquire the foundational knowledge they need to be successful in life. We are grateful for the support received from education partners.”

The donation is helping families located in Anzac, Calling Lake, Conklin, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Fort McKay, Gift Lake Metis Settlement, East Prairie Metis Settlement, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Janvier and Wabasca-Desmarais.

“In this unprecedented time, MNA and RLI are determined to help ease the stresses of education interruption on our students and parents,” said MNA President and RLI Board of Governors Chair Audrey Poitras.

She added that by providing access to online learning tools, they are working to ensure no Métis family is left behind during this pandemic.