Tech Manitoba has been providing free digital literacy training to underserved communities, most recently in Lynn Lake and Mathias Colomb First Nation.
Paula Canas, the program director of the non-profit’s DigitALL program, says they partnered with the Northern Manitoba Sector Council to “help bridge the digital divide.
Tech Manitoba states confidence in digital literacy is generally lower in Indigenous youth, newcomers, low-income earners, seniors, and in rural and northern communities.
Canas explains when they initially announced the free training for those communities, the sessions filled up quickly.
She goes on to say participants appreciated the course, as this was the first time many of them learned about basic computer skills, and hopes to continue to provide courses to northern Manitoba communities so that residents can develop those skills closer to home.
Hear the full interview on digital literacy on Thompson Today at 12:40 and 5:10 this afternoon.