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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]