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As part of Connected North’s Future Pathways program, TakingITGlobal is interviewing Indigenous role models about their work, their art, their challenges, and their inspirations. We call them Future Pathways Fireside Chats.

When Raven Beardy was growing up, she knew she wanted to get her pilot’s license — she just didn’t know she would make it into a career.

Beardy is originally from Shamattawa in northern Manitoba, but has also lived up in the north in places such as Pond Inlet, Grise Fiord, and Cambridge Bay.

“Growing up in isolation up in Shamattawa where the only way to get things in and out was by plane,” said Beardy. …


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As part of Connected North’s Future Pathways program, TakingITGlobal is interviewing Indigenous role models about their work, their art, their challenges, and their inspirations. We call them Future Pathways Fireside Chats.

Jared Kozak is a Métis entrepreneur from La Rivière in Southwest Manitoba. He is the co-founder and IT (internet technology) director of DueNorth Systems in Winnipeg.

Though at one point his goal had been to work as a zookeeper, Jared has been interested in technology and software development since he was young. However, there was no internet access in the small community in which he grew up. “I had to go to my mom’s house to get internet access because she lived outside of the community….but …


By Warren Kang

This blog post was originally published here.

There is a spark of humanity in each of us.

This New Year, a few friends and I made 260 care packages containing socks, sandwiches, and snacks. We fought through pouring rain to hand them out to the homeless. I stumbled through puddles, squinting through my perpetually foggy glasses as water seeped through a jacket I once considered waterproof.

What drove me was knowing these temporary inconveniences are an unavoidable aspect of life for those on the street. I live in Vancouver, a beautiful city with an unacceptable level of social inequality. …


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As part of Connected North’s Future Pathways program, TakingITGlobal is interviewing Indigenous role models about their work, their art, their challenges, and their inspirations. We call them Future Pathways Fireside Chats.

Raised in Toronto, Ontario, Michael Solomon is a member of the Cape Crokers Chippewas of Nawash, on the Bruce Peninsula in Northern Ontario — although he points out that it’s actually Southern Ontario. Michael is part of the TakingITGlobal team, working as the Indigenous Education & Youth Engagement Activator, administering interactive learning sessions with Connected North and micro grants with the #RisingYouth program for Indigenous youth across Canada.

Michael grew up in a tough part of Toronto, where poverty and gang violence were common. “By the time I was 15, seven of my friends were already dead because of gun violence. We always had these life goals together, we’re going to have these cottages with our families all in the line on lake shore. It’s never going to happen because they’re gone, there’s only like three of us left now that are from the original crew. And one of them’s already in hiding and one’s in jail. …


#RisingYouth Alumni Taysean Wilson-Nolan is the youth behind Vision Infinity, a program offering free and accessible digital workshops for youths in the Greater Toronto Area. We have the chance to learn more about his story, motivations and the people around him who helped him bring this idea to life, and in term, the ideas of others as well.

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Taysean Wilson-Nolan

Where are you from? What place do you call home and why?

My name is Taysean Lee Wilson-Nolan, and I am from Rexdale, Toronto, a neighbourhood in the west-northern region of the city. The title Rexdale is often associated with its poverty and high-crime activity. Conventional wisdom tells us that all individuals who come from high-crime-rate and likely to be in urban neighbourhoods become negative products of their environment. But my experiences have taught me that adversity is the greatest test of a person’s heart, and areas like Rexdale, where there is much hardship, produces the greatest of people. …


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Image by Musa Innis from Fully Focused

In the summer of 2020, TakingITGlobal’s Adobe Creativity Grants and the Fully Focused Youth team planned and led conversational opportunities for young people of colour to connect in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. This led to a series of conversations where young people were able to share their experiences and the barriers that impact their daily lives as a young Black person in their respective communities.


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As part of Connected North’s Future Pathways program, TakingITGlobal is interviewing Indigenous role models about their work, their art, their challenges, and their inspirations. We call them Future Pathways Fireside Chats.

Dana Khan (Jeffrey) is an accomplished artist who hasn’t stopped working hard on her career, appearing in multiple television shows, commercials, and dance appearances.

She is Guyanese and Ojibwe from Selkirk, Manitoba, but now lives in Mississauga, Ontario, and has been doing work as a performing artist in both acting and dancing. …


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Las Fotos, California USA

In a year full of uncertainties, 228 creative youth organizations from 41 countries in the Creativity Grants network harnessed the power of creativity to reach and connect with 49,104 young creatives. They used creativity as a tool for expression and well-being, creating space for growth and providing a sense of stability and community during these unprecedented times.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Through virtual programming, these young creatives were able to develop and grow their cognitive, technical and social skills such as: storytelling, confidence, film and photo editing, cross cultural collaborations and many more to support them in school, work and life. …


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On behalf of the entire team at TakingITGlobal, we thank you for your collaboration and support of our work. It has been a challenging year in the midst of a global pandemic, and we are so grateful to all of our partners and supporters who have been on this journey with us. To close the year, we are excited to share, reflect and celebrate the Top 20 programs, projects, events and achievements of 2020:

1. TakingITGlobal Awards


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on how we function in both of our professional and personal lives. The impact of this pandemic has challenged all of us to think outside the traditional methods of functioning as a society. The creative youth organizations from TakingITGlobal’s Creativity Grants network were up for this challenge.

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Littleglobe

Over 240 creative youth organizations in this network play an important role in their communities by delivering services, creating space, and providing employment opportunities for equitable access to the digital media industry. The curriculum developed by these organizations provide safer spaces for equity seeking young people to develop creative skills for both personal self-expression and professional career development. …

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