CRTC Denies Northwestel Request for Forbearance of Regulation of Wholesale Connect Service in NWT

Yesterday (Aug 24) the CRTC released its decision denying Northwestel’s request to be forborne from regulation of the Wholesale Connect service in light of the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link. From the CRTC’s announcement: The Commission denies an application by Northwestel for requesting forbearance from the regulation of its Wholesale Connect service in the communities served[…]

Upcoming: Indigenous Connectivity Summit (Santa Fe, Nov 8-9, 2017)

Sharing this announcement from our colleagues at the 1st-Mile Institute in Santa Fe. **************** Indigenous Connectivity Summit Save the date: November 8 to 9, 2017 The Internet is a hallmark of human innovation, but many Indigenous communities lack basic connectivity.  Internet access is increasingly a lifeline to health, education and economic development for rural and remote Indigenous[…]

Piikani First Nation and First Mile Researchers Host 3-day Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp

On July 17-20, 2017, Piikani community members and First Mile researchers held a 3-day Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp focused on the community’s Past, Present and Future. Grade 9 students learned Blackfoot culture while camping on the land. They documented camp activities using digital video cameras, which was an entry point to learn about[…]

New Article: Indigenizing Digital Literacies with the Algonquin First Nations of Timiskaming and Long Point

Researchers working with the First Nations Innovation and First Mile project have published an article about Indigenous approaches to digital literacies in the Engaged Scholar Journal. The article is titled: Indigenizing Digital Literacies: Community Informatics Research with the Algonquin First Nations of Timiskaming and Long Point. It focuses on two community-based research projects in Quebec that[…]

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[…]