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 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 a start-up[…]
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[…]
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[…]