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.
By Jennifer Leask For some people living in Haida Gwaii, better internet connectivity and local economic development go hand-in-hand. The efforts of these tech-savvy islanders aren’t focused on catching up with urban residents – they are about taking the lead. Patrick Shannon is one of those people. The 26-year-old Haida man grew up in Skidegate,[…]
By Jennifer Leask If you ask Rod Jeddore , Education Director for St. Anne’s school in Conne River, Newfoundland, what being “circled” in a classroom is, the answer is different than what you expect. “It’s the circle on the screen, when something is loading, loading, loading….” said Jeddore. Jeddore and other residents of Conne River[…]
By Jennifer Leask No school smartboards, no telehealth, no Netflix, no Facebook, no Skype, no new Internet connections. Most Canadians wouldn’t have put up with those conditions years ago. But in the isolated community of Natuashish, it’s the modern reality. This community of 750 Mushuau Innu on the Northern coast of Labrador can only be[…]
First Mile answers CRTC questions about Basic Telecommunication Services and online applications in remote communities
Yesterday (September 21) the First Mile Connectivity Consortium (FMCC) submitted details about the need for affordable, accessible broadband in remote, northern and Indigenous communities. We also provided information about some of the many innovative ways that people in these communities are developing and using broadband for applications like health, education, justice and economic development. Our[…]
Bandwidth: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure A story in Motherboard about how First Mile youth in the Ochiichagwe’Babigo’Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario built and now operate their own broadband infrastructure. The story points to many other examples of innovation taking place in Indigenous communities across Canada, as showcased on the www.firstmile.ca[…]
On August 21, 2015, the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-133 Review of Telesat Canada’s price ceiling for C-band fixed satellite services. The FMCC strongly believes that a price ceiling for C-band FSS service remains appropriate because there is no realistic alternative to Telesat to provide FSS service in[…]
As of March 6, 2015, after months of planning, the First Nations Telehealth Expansion Project (FNTEP) is set to deploy new clinical telehealth equipment, beginning with Coastal and Interior communities in British Columbia. The telehealth equipment will offer rural communities (such as Anahim Lake, Klemtu, Three Corners, Bella Coola, Hartley Bay and many others) the opportunity[…]
Yesterday (July 14) was the deadline for the first round of input into a historic government CRTC hearings on the Basic Service Objectives for telecommunication services across Canada. The First Mile Connectivity Consortium was one of over 300 organizations and individuals that have entered the hearing before yesterday’s deadline. The hearing, CRTC 2015-134: Review of[…]
On July 14, 2015, the FMCC submitted an intervention to the Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2015-134 Review of basic telecommunications services. We provided evidence demonstrating that the existing model for ensuring that telecommunications services are available and affordable in rural, remote, and northern areas has fallen short of the needs of community members, and[…]
FMCC received the following notice by email today announcing a 2 week extension for the initial interventions from June 30 to July 14. ++++++++++ May 28, 2015 Our reference: 8663-C12-201503186 BY E-MAIL To: Distribution List RE: Review of basic telecommunications services, Telecom Notice of Consultation 2015-1341 – Changes to filing dates On 4 May 2015,[…]