FMCC and FNI receive Award of Excellence from Canadian Race Relations Foundation

Good afternoon! I’m excited to announce that last night, the First Mile Connectivity Consortium and First Nations Innovation project received an Award of Excellence (Aboriginal Category) from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. Here’s the text from the Award Program: Working together to change digital policy to support Indigenous broadband at the First Mile, First Mile Connectivity[…]

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

The 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 After the fire, Cat Lake leaders worked with KNET (see to get their C-Band satellite earth station operating again using the[…]

FMCC members present at Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation conference

Susan O’Donnell and Brian Beaton delivered presentations at this year’s Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation ( 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[…]

FMCC Team Presents at World Forum on Free Media Conference

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[…]

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[…]

FNI team presents research methodologies at U of Alberta

Workshop Title: Engaging Remote Indigenous Communities Using Appropriate Online Research Methods Wednesday 8 June 2016 Click here for an Adobe Connect recording of the presentation Brian Beaton and Susan O’Donnell (University of New Brunswick) were invited by FNI co-investigator Dr. Rob McMahon at the University of Alberta to present a workshop about our research methods. The[…]

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[…]

FMCC Responses to the undertakings for CRTC BSO hearings submitted

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 Click here for a PDF copy of the FMCC undertakings filed on May 5.

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[…]