Why Rumie is Key to Reconciliation in Education

I have been working with Indigenous youth in different settings in northern Ontario for roughly 8 years now. What I learned quickly is that many Indigenous youth do not have the same access to programming and opportunities as non-Indigenous youth. The reasons for this are complicated, and date back hundreds of years. They began with belief systems like colonization, assimilation, and racism, and ultimately led to the implementation of the Residential School System. The idea of this system was to use education to destroy traditions, families, friends, homes, and lives. Education was delivered maliciously, and today many Indigenous peoples do not trust in it. I believe that Rumie tablets can support rebuilding trust in Indigenous educators and families.

I researched and tried different ways to implement technology (One Laptop per Child, iPads, avatars) into programming with little success. The problem is that I knew technology was the answer but the hardware needed to deliver it was not quite there. When I learned about Rumie’s technology, I knew I’d found this answer – online content needed to be available offline. This was the exact solution that I had been looking for.

Here’s why – many of our Indigenous communities are remote and have little or intermittent access to the Internet. Alternatively, our communities have great access and little protection from unproductive and dangerous Internet resources. Rumie’s tablet offers online resources, like YouTube videos, PDF documents and Android application that run completely offline. This means no pop ups, no lag time, no distractions – only safe content that is chosen by each community. Even if a youth were to become distracted on the tablet, it’s completely safe because it will be loaded with awesome learning – they are only able to be distracted by learning good things!

Even better, we can bring tablets home for families to support language learning, practicing and sharing. Rumie can provide a safe a tool to do all of this. The best part is that communities will have control of their learning tools and education again.

IMG_4583 Mike, Darian and Berlinda testing out a Rumie tablet.

Darian is the young boy holding the tablet – he is 5 and LOVES technology. His parents Mike and Berlinda are in their 1st year of their Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. They both plan to teach in their home community when they are finished university.


Written By: Mair Greenfield
Indigenous Education Lead


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