FMCC team presents at Indigenous Radio conference in Ottawa

A team of First Mile partners including Penny Carpenter from K-Net Services, Tim Whiteduck from First Nations Education Council (FMCC Chair), Dr. Heather Hudson and Dr. Rob McMahon travelled to Ottawa on June 15-17 to participate in the Indigenous Radio National Conference at the University of Ottawa. The presentations and notes about the conference will[…]

Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/indigenous-communities-map-1.4169515 Indigenous communities in Canada finally on Google Maps More than 3,000 Indigenous lands have been added to Google maps and Google Earth as of today By Karen Pauls, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2017 4:00 AM CT Last Updated: Jun 21, 2017 4:34 AM CT Steve DeRoy worked with Google Canada as a researcher and[…]

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[…]

CRTC puts an end to locked cellphones and unlocking fees ..

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/crtc-bans-cellphone-unlocking-fees-clarifies-family-plan-rules-1.3460638 CRTC bans cellphone unlocking fees, clarifies ‘family’ plan rules Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:35PM EDT OTTAWA — Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.[…]

Five per cent tax on broadband Internet services recommendation rejected

From http://www.ctvnews.ca/business/trudeau-rejects-call-for-five-per-cent-tax-on-broadband-internet-services-1.3460676 Trudeau rejects call for five per cent tax on broadband Internet services Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, June 15, 2017 5:42PM EDT OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped the presses Thursday on the idea of imposing a five per cent tax on broadband Internet services as a way of “levelling the[…]

New $50M digital skills training program from ISED announced

Government of Canada launches $50-million coding program for young Canadians From Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Digital skills program will prepare next generation for future jobs June 14, 2017 – Ottawa – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada Young Canadians will get the skills they need for the well-paying jobs of the future as[…]

Transforming the Indigenous health research landscape hope of new project

From https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/06/13/building-capacity-for-the-next-generation-of-indigenous-health-r.html BUILDING CAPACITY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF INDIGENOUS HEALTH RESEARCH SCHOLARS Michele Charlton – June 13, 2017 Faculty of Health Professions’ Debbie Martin. (Nick Pearce photo) Researchers from eight Atlantic Canadian universities are hoping to transform the Indigenous health research landscape within and beyond the region. They are recent recipients of a $999,990 Training[…]

Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair – Michael Geist blog

From http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2017/06/blaiscrtc/ Putting the Internet at the Centre: Taking Stock of Jean-Pierre Blais’ Term as CRTC Chair June 12, 2017 Barring a last minute extension, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais’ term will come to an end this week. For those new to the CRTC, it is difficult to overstate just how much changed both procedurally and substantively[…]

First Mile team presents at several conference at Congress 2017

The First Mile work in First Nations across Canada (http://firstmile.ca) was well represented at Congress 2017 during the week long event held at Ryerson University in Toronto the week of May 27 to June 2. At the Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSER), Rob was a member of a panel presenting the chapter he[…]

Northwest Territories take First Mile approach to fibre construction

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/mackenzie-valley-fibre-line-northwest-territories-1.4155770 Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link brings opportunities, challenges to N.W.T. $82-million, 1,200-km fibre optic line to increase internet speeds in communities across the territory By Mike Gibbins, CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2017 12:51 PM CT Last Updated: Jun 11, 2017 2:23 PM CT Map showing the route of the Mackenzie Valley fibre optic line. A[…]