Incorporating technology into Unique apps to promote storytelling, health, wellness and growth in rural communities.

Created in 2012, Pinnguaq is a not-for-profit whose focus is on “providing play experiences in indigenous languages”, and whose mission is to “embrace technology as a means of unifying and enabling all people”, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. Their initiatives are to incorporate play and gaming “to a wide reaching applications that can benefit tourism, education, and economic development”. Apps such as “Art Alive” allow users to become educated about Indigenous teachings and culture through interactive platforms. This specific app takes pre-existing art, photographs, and cultural artifacts, and animates them as the interactive experience to learn about the culture, history, and art itself. These examples are also great tools for educators for preschoolers and young children, as they allow a different kind of learning experience and one that is accessible to all. Their newest initiative is Computers for Success Nunavut (CFSN) which delivers hundreds of computers to communities across Nunavut every year, through the national program Computers for Success (CFS). For more information, visit their website.

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