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.
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[…]
This report addresses research on digital technology adoption in remote and northern First Nation and Inuit communities. It summarizes the major elements of our project, including the literature review, identification of primary and secondary data sources, methodologies, strategies and research questions, and recommendations from our research. It includes six comprehensive appendices that are linked to[…]
PROJECT TITLE: Supporting Indigenous Resurgence with Digital Technologies PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: David Perley, Director, MWC, Education, UNB CO-INVESTIGATOR: Susan O’Donnell, Adjunct Professor, Sociology, UNB PROJECT DATES: April 11 to October 16, 2016 BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The project will produce a comprehensive literature review answering the question, how can digital technologies support Indigenous resurgence and learning of Indigenous cultures[…]
Click here for a copy of a PDF copy of the entire FMCC presentation FMCC Delegation at CRTC Hearings L-to-R: Heather Hudson, Rob McMahon, Penny Carpenter, Tim Whiteduck, Marc Awashish Click here to listen to the 1.5 hour presentation with Q&A Read the Globe & Mail coverage-CRTC faces hard truths about Internet access in Canada’s[…]
IsumaTV Builds Innovative Digital Systems to Share High-Def Streaming Video in Low Speed Remote Communities
By Jennifer Leask People in some isolated Indigenous communities in Canada’s far North aren’t waiting for high-bandwidth Netflix-style video streaming services to come to them. They are building new services for themselves. In 10 communities, including Igloolik, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, Iqaluit, Arviat, Cambridge Bay, Taloyoak, and Hall Beach, people can now tune in to an IsumaTV channel[…]
By Jennifer сialis generique Leask Better. Faster. Cheaper. Three words not always associated with broadband connectivity in remote villages. But a community-managed Wi-Fi network in Central Manitoba allows residents of the Fisher River Cree Nation to connect to the Internet at speeds similar to people living in Winnipeg, 200 kilometres to the south. Thanks to[…]
The FMCC was contracted by Industry Canada to provide research on digital technology adoption in northern and remote Indigenous communities. The work is currently underway. The scope includes a literature review, and exploring and testing different methodologies for measuring digital technology adoption. These results will be useful not only for policy makers but also for[…]
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[…]