MediaSmarts was pleased to welcome CIRA onboard as a Silver Sponsor in 2009. As the organization that manages the .CA domain space, CIRA helps us to engage with the Canadian internet community to promote the importance of digital literacy to Canada’s future.
In 2012, CIRA increased its support of MediaSmarts when it became a sponsor of our Young Canadians in a Wired World research. At the same time, CIRA extended its participation in the governance of MediaSmarts by joining our Board of Directors and continues its support in this capacity.
In 2013, CIRA once again demonstrated its commitment to MediaSmarts and digital literacy when it increased its support to become a Gold Sponsor of MediaSmarts.
In 2019, CIRA was welcomed back as a Platinum Sponsor becoming the project sponsor of our Young Canadians in a Wired World Phase IV focus groups.
We look forward to building on our important relationship with CIRA through the development of digital literacy initiatives to benefit all Canadians. Programs we have partnered with CIRA on include:
- Canadian Internet Forum: In 2010 MediaSmarts partnered with CIRA on a series of digital literacy consultations with stakeholders in Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax. The regional consultations culminated in the Canadian Internet Forum – a national event held in Ottawa to discuss issues relating to the future of the internet in Canada.
- Winning the CyberSecurity Game lesson plan and cyber security tip sheets: in 2011-2012 MediaSmarts and CIRA partnered on a series of cyber security resources to help students develop safe and secure online practices
- Young Canadians in a Wired World (YCWW) Phase III research: CIRA provided financial support for the national student survey conducted in 2013.
- USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools: With funding from CIRA’s Community Investment Program, the framework was released in two phases, the elementary level in 2015 and the secondary level in 2016. It draws on seven key aspects of digital literacy and provides teachers with supporting lessons and interactive resources that are linked to curriculum outcomes for every province and territory.