Google Canada invests $2.7 million in digital education in indigenous communities

The US tech giant says more than $1.3 million will be donated to Winnipeg-based training and career development charity ComIT to help close the skills and education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and introduce Indigenous workers to new ones Prepare for careers in technology.

The money is spent on the program Recode futures by ComIT, which teaches indigenous communities topics such as design thinking and programming languages ​​and software, including HTML, CSS, Javascript .NET, Python, React and Node.

Google will also award $670,000 to Actua, an Ottawa-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics organization, to expand a program that teaches young people from vulnerable groups how to stay safe online and recognize misinformation.

Actua’s program aims to educate young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It targets disadvantaged communities and groups that are underrepresented, including Indigenous youth, girls and young women, youth at risk and youth living in northern and remote communities.

An additional $670,000 will be donated to Ottawa-based digital literacy organization MediaSmarts to develop an educational program to help underrepresented communities learn critical thinking when creating and consuming online content.

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