Thomas Axtell created the company after spending 15 years in the Canadian North where he helped indigenous people build their capacity to manage their own communications services, including the Internet. Working on site, directly with communities, we are using new technologies to counter social injustice and poverty. This is achieved through local initiatives involving everything from job creation to film making. Tempered by dozens of projects, our professional team is ready for any challenge. Curriculum vitae en française
We are a small International company providing a range of
communications and training services. Here are some recent projects.
In 1993, two interactive televised courses were held for Inuit across the Arctic. The second course was delivered in separate English and Inuktitut language versions. What happened in over a dozen remote classrooms located between Coppermine in the western part of the Nunavut Territory, and Makkovik, 4,000 km away in Labrador?
The Apprenticeship of 32 Inuit Managers is a thesis that describes, from a situated perspective, the importance of interaction among the workshop co-participants, supervisors and co-workers. The research document was completed in the spring of 1999. This thesis documents what Inuit all ready knew; that the North needs communications bandwidth for more than entertainment. The findings are of interest to anyone looking at distance education for First Nations and Inuit. As the managing director of Atii, Tom Axtell helped develop the model that has set a standard for distance learning in the North.
TheThe Waseskun Community Network is an Intranet to support caregivers working in the social services sector across Canada. The 3-year pilot project is managed by Waseskun House, for a native owned healing centre of male offenders. Axtell Communications and Training provided development services.
Connecting the North to the information highway is a major undertaking. An excerpt from a report prepared for Taqramiut Nipingat Inc places the Internet within the context of the unique experience of indigenous people and Canadian Telecommunications Infrastructure development. There are lessons here for rural, remote and less developed regions.
Documentary Film & Multi-Media
Our expertise is in the conception and marketing of media projects. We have co-produced documentaries for educational broadcasters and developed Nunavut Interactive, a digital presentation for schools. Our production partner is Nutaaq Media of Montreal, producers of The Invasion of the Beer People and other extremely interesting productions.
We started by producing items for Sesame Street Canada and a pilot Cree language Children's television series. Just before the great ICE STORM of '98, our children created the on-line story book called the The Adventure of George the Snow Flake, demonstrating how simple learning materials can be produced and shared.
Tom Axtell produces original artwork and graphics for any publication needs. The logo for the Aboriginal Youth Network (AYN)
For ten years we provided technical and management support to the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation 1982), OkalaKatiget Society (1983-85), and Wawatay (1986 - 89). Movie clips from the television programs will added to the site soon.
Timber Frame Construction technology harkens back to Thomas Axtell's New England roots. This project has less to do with management and communications than the others but illustrates that we can work with our hands too.
I have integrated on-line technologies and language acquisition through a number of school demonstration projects. I call it Netwrok Assisted Language Learning or NALL. You will find an interactive story called Choices, an online fill in the gap exercise, an English as a Second Language teaching unit on Web page design, a popular new service called The ESL Joke of the Week, and some academic papers.
Axtell Communications and Training
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When a person tries to act in accordance with his conscience, when he tries to speak the truth, when he tries to behave like a citizen in conditions where citizenship is degraded, it won't necessarily lead anywhere, but it might.
There's one thing, however, that will never lead anywhere, and that is speculating about whether such behaviour will lead somewhere.