Our Mission

Our mission is to remove digital literacy and access barriers. We work with service providers to develop digital strategies that will address the challenges marginalized communities face when accessing online service provisions. 

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Our Vision

To empower organizations and individuals with the resources, tools and knowledge to build digital strategies that use an intergenerational approach to remove access barriers to digital programs and related services.

Our Approach

ODLAN is a resource hub that connects individuals and organizations with solutions to bridging the digital divide in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. Online resources, tools, and social services allow individuals to access social gatherings, educational training, community care networks, current events, and medical services. Our approach is to offer the training and possible solutions for addressing the digital divide in 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and other under-served populations. 

The internet can help us connect and care for one another. Everyone deserves this access, so let’s give it to them.

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Our Values

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Universal Digital Access

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ODLAN acknowledges that colonization and white supremacy created the social conditions that sustain inequality and marginalize queerness – even in digital spaces. ODLAN stands in solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island against the settler colonial violence of so-called Canada. We recognize that the digital divide is part of this ongoing colonization, and digital access and safety for all cannot be achieved until Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario and elsewhere have full access to digital spaces. ODLAN stands firm in our conviction that digital safety and accessibility remain fundamental to this broader project of decolonization. 

We recognize that many Indigenous Nations have longstanding relationships with the territories where ODLAN’s volunteers and partners are located. The area where we primarily work, known as Tkaronto, has been cared for by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit, and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. Indigenous-led action is essential to reconciliation and decolonization. We offer our solidarity and call for Indigenous sovereignty here on Turtle Island.