First Mile Researchers Host Digital Literacy Workshop with Gwich’in Tribal Council

Last week the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s Department of Cultural Heritage (GTC) hosted a day-long workshop on Digital Content and Connectivity in Gwich’in communities. This pilot was designed by GTC staff and partners from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and the First Mile Connectivity Consortium. The team included Dr. Rob McMahon and Master of Arts[…]

Manitoba First Nations Technology Council plans to connect remote First Nations

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/first-nations-high-speed-internet-northern-manitoba-1.4058347 Connecting communities: First Nations company plans to lay 3,600 km of fibre optics in Manitoba Clear Sky Connections is working on bringing high-speed internet to remote First Nations By Jillian Taylor, Posted: Apr 10, 2017 A First Nations company is working to bring high-speed internet to Manitoba’s most remote communities. Unreliable, constantly buffering and just plain[…]

PIAC, ACORN & NPF continue lobby for CRTC to provide Affordability Subsidy

From https://www.piac.ca/our-specialities/crtc-asked-to-reconsider-affordability-subsidy CRTC ASKED TO RECONSIDER AFFORDABILITY SUBSIDY Lower-income Canadians, fixed income earners and seniors should have access to “basic service” including broadband OTTAWA, April 5, 2017 – The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), ACORN Canada (ACORN) and National Pensioners Federation (NPF) today jointly filed an application to review and vary the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications[…]

Feb-June 2017 – The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence

An upcoming series of regional and national events provides an opportunity to discuss and plan for the upcoming CRTC review of the Native Broadcasting Policy (CRTC 1990-89). These events will be of interests to Indigenous broadcasting groups, as well as people working in research and policy. For more information on “The Future of First Nations,[…]

Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 continues to promote regional IT development

From http://www.vanhorneinstitute.com/event/digital-futures-alberta-2017/ Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 March 16 @ 8:30 am – March 17 @ 3:30 pm Digital Futures: Alberta 2017 is the seventh Digital Futures symposium and the first to be held in Cochrane, Alberta. 2017 promises to be a busy year in broadband across Alberta. Provincially work continues on a diverse range of local[…]

Líl̓wat Nation receives federal funding to construct Tśzil Learning Centre

ISED Press Release Government of Canada invests in new Tśzil Learning Centre The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $7.21-million investment in the Tśzil Learning Centre[…]

Cat Lake First Nation stays connected working with KNET, NICSN, KMOBILE after Bell CO fire

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[…]

First Nations in Northern Ontario Innovate with Social Media Tools

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[…]

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. Igloolik, Nunavut, including Igloolik, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, Iqaluit, Arviat, Cambridge Bay, Taloyoak, and Hall Beach, people can now tune in to an IsumaTV channel[…]

Community-Managed Wi-Fi Network Bridges Digital Divides in Fisher River Cree Nation

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 to connect to the Internet at speeds similar to people living in Winnipeg, 200 kilometres to the south. Thanks to a start-up grant of $120,000 from[…]