Across Canada, First Nations are building broadband systems and using them to deliver services to their communities. But outside of major centres, many First Nations remain underserved. The experiences of the early adopters of these tools and systems help create new opportunities for those starting their journey. The First Mile website is a place to share best practices and lessons learned. Together we are conducting research and publishing the stories of how First Nations are putting First Mile concepts into action so that we may learn and grow together.
Sharing our research results through publications has been a major focus of our work since our collaborative partnership began in 2004.
The First Nations Innovation Research Project is Researching and Celebrating Achievements with Information and Communications Technologies
These community stories showcase innovative uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) by First Nations communities across Canada.
The FMCC is engaged in policy development with federal, provincial/territorial and First Nations governments.
The CBC.ca news story about the fire at the Bell Central Office in Cat Lake First Nation is a great example of the importance of First Mile telecom work by the community (see http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/cat-lake-no-phones-1.3805425). After the fire, Cat Lake leaders worked with KNET (see http://knet.ca) to get their C-Band satellite earth station operating again using the[…]
Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton delivered presentations at this year’s CRRF (http://crrf.ca) conference in Guelph, ON on October 12 to 15. The session, entitled “Technology in Rural, Northern & Aboriginal Communities” included a discussion about the ISED report completed by the FMCC team in January 2016 and a description of the First Mile policy work[…]
The First Mile team is busy spreading the news about First Nations digital innovation across Canada! This summer, three delegates from the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) traveled to Montreal to present their work at an international conference. Denise Williams from the First Nations Technology Council (B.C.) joined Bill Murdoch from the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat[…]
By Jennifer Leask A modern digital tool like social media likely isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when people consider how to preserve First Nations cultures in Northern Ontario, but sites like Facebook and MyKnet.Org are doing just that – and more – for some communities. When Howard Moose wants to get the[…]
Workshop Title: Engaging Remote Indigenous Communities Using Appropriate Online Research Methods Wednesday 8 June 2016 Click here to watch the presentation (through an Adobe Connect recording) Brian Beaton and Susan O’Donnell (University of New Brunswick) were invited by FNI co-investigator Dr. Rob McMahon to present a workshop about our research methods. The workshop content is[…]
First Nations Innovation research project partners at Canadian Sociological Society Conference at Congress 2016
First Nations Innovation research project partners presented some of their research at Congress 2016 in Calgary, Alberta today (Wed, June 1). The following sessions and presentations showcase the range of research being undertaken. Methods and Approaches for Action Research With Indigenous Communities Wednesday Jun 01 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm – Science A-104 Session Format: Regular[…]
FNI / FMCC / MWC represented at SSHRC workshop – Leveraging Emerging Technologies for the Benefit of Canadians
Report on Susan and Brian’s participation at SSHRC’s Imagining Canada’s Future knowledge workshop on Leveraging Emerging Technologies for the Benefit of Canadians. As a result of David Perley’s successful Knowledge Synthesis project entitled “Supporting Indigenous Resurgence with Digital Technologies”, we were invited to attend this SSHRC workshop with other project participants. The agenda is a good indicator[…]
Rob McMahon, FMCC Coordinator, successfully filed the First Mile Connectivity Consortium undertakings requested by the CRTC commissioners. These undertakings were made during the presentation by FMCC members to the CRTC Basic Services Objectives hearings on April 11, 2016 http://www.viagragenericoes24.com/efecto-del-viagra (Click here to see FMCC presentation story). Click here for a PDF copy of the FMCC[…]
Presentation: The First Mile Connectivity Consortium: Telecommunications Policy and Regulations to Support Remote and Rural Indigenous Communities
Series on Indigenous Issues and Initiatives: Presentation of May 16, 2016 – CLICK HERE FOR A PDF COPY OF THE PRESENTATION Hi Everyone, Together with John Graham of Patterson Creek Consulting and Canada’s Public Policy Forum, I am pleased to invite you to a discussion session featuring Tim Whiteduck and Susan O’Donnell of the First[…]
This guide provides an overview of active and historical broadband funding mechanisms provided by government departments and funding agencies at the federal level. We are presenting this information to support the accessibility of these funds for community-based organizations, and specifically for Indigenous organizations. Many of these funds are also available to private-sector entities. While telecommunications[…]