More than 100 students across the Qikiqtani region will receive laptops to start the school year.

The federal government and Mastercard Foundation donated 65 of the computers. The remaining 40 came from Actua, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) outreach organization.

The Qikiqtani Inuit Association will distribute the 105 Google Pixelbook Go 13.3-inch laptops.

“We wanted to do our part to help Qikiqtani youth have better access to digital and online learning as so many educational resources are computer dependent today,” said QIA President P.J. Akeeagok, “These partnerships allowed us a chance to put more laptops into the hands of Inuit students.”

“I’m going to use my laptop for school. I was so excited when I knew I was getting one,” said 14-year-old Amanda Koonoo, a Grade 10 student in Pond Inlet.

The computers will be divided thusly:

Iqaluit – 34
Pond Inlet – 12
Arctic Bay – 10
Pangnirtung – 10
Iglulik – 7
Sanirajak – 6
Kimmirut – 5
Kinngait – 5
Qikiqtarjuaq – 5
Sanikiluaq – 4
Clyde River – 3
Grise Fiord – 2
Resolute Bay – 2

Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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