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[…]

Report: Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada

This report prepared by the FMCC team for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) 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[…]

FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings

FMCC Delegation at CRTC Hearings L-to-R: Heather Hudson, Rob McMahon, Penny Carpenter, Tim Whiteduck, Marc Awashish Indigenous Communications Providers Propose Fund for Northern Broadband April 11, 2016 Gatineau, Quebec: Today, representatives from regional First Nations technology organizations presented their proposals for funding to extend broadband in northern and isolated regions that have been ignored by[…]

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[…]

2015-2016 Industry Canada: Research on Digital Technology Adoption

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[…]

On Haida Gwaii, Creative Locals Push Digital Innovation

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,[…]

Educational Broadband Use Driving Demand in Conne River, Newfoundland

By Jennifer Leask If you ask Rod Jeddore , Education Director for St. Anne’s school in , 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 provide a[…]