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  • FirstMile | A place to share best practices and lessons learned
    Community Member Fort Severn We didn t know if it was affordable It seemed overwhelming 2 way cable TV a local TV channel but we thought we could handle it because it offered us new avenues Raymond Menarick Ginwat Cable TV President and General Manager Like Facebook if one of their sisters are out of town but then she needs comfort or talking then they can just talk to each other on Facebook Community Member Fort Severn News Guide Federal Funding for Indigenous Broadband This guide provides an overview of active and historical broadband funding mechanisms provided by government departments and funding agencies at the federal level We are presenting this information to support the accessibility of these funds for community based organizations and specifically for Indigenous organizations Many of these funds are also available to private sector entities While telecommunications Report Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada This report 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 recommendations from our research It includes six comprehensive appendices that are linked to MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review PROJECT TITLE Supporting Indigenous Resurgence with Digital Technologies PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR David Perley Director MWC Education UNB CO INVESTIGATOR Susan O Donnell Adjunct Professor Sociology UNB PROJECT DATES April 11 to October 16 2016 BRIEF DESCRIPTION The project will produce a comprehensive literature review answering the question how can digital technologies support Indigenous resurgence and learning of Indigenous cultures FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings Click here for a copy of a PDF copy of the entire FMCC presentation FMCC Delegation at CRTC Hearings L to R Heather Hudson Rob McMahon Penny Carpenter Tim Whiteduck Marc Awashish Click here to listen to the 1 5 hour presentation with Q A Read the Globe Mail coverage CRTC faces hard truths about Internet access in Canada s 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 In 10 communities 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 сialis generique 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 Fisher River Cree Nation to connect to the Internet at speeds similar to people living in Winnipeg 200 kilometres to the south Thanks to 2015 2016 Industry Canada Research on Digital Technology Adoption The

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  • News | FirstMile
    in Low Speed Remote Communities Posted on March 11 2016 March 11 2016 by robmcmahon 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 In 10 communities including Igloolik Arctic Bay Pond Inlet Iqaluit Arviat Cambridge Bay Taloyoak and Hall Beach people can now tune in to an IsumaTV channel Posted in Community Stories Infrastructure News Territories Community Managed Wi Fi Network Bridges Digital Divides in Fisher River Cree Nation Posted on January 25 2016 February 17 2016 by robmcmahon By Jennifer сialis generique 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 Fisher River Cree Nation to connect to the Internet at speeds similar to people living in Winnipeg 200 kilometres to the south Thanks to Posted in Community Stories Economic Development Infrastructure Manitoba Saskatchewan News 2015 2016 Industry Canada Research on Digital Technology Adoption Posted on December 12 2015 April 13 2016 by susanodonnell 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 Posted in Current and Recent Activities FMCC News On Haida Gwaii Creative Locals Push Digital Innovation Posted on November 18 2015 November 18 2015 by robmcmahon 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 Posted in British Columbia Community services Community Stories Economic Development Infrastructure News Uncategorised Educational Broadband Use Driving Demand in Conne River Newfoundland Posted on October 26 2015 April 18 2016 by robmcmahon By Jennifer Leask If you ask Rod Jeddore Education Director for St Anne s school in Conne River Newfoundland 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 Posted in Atlantic Community Stories CRTC E Learning News Residents of Natuashish struggle with slow expensive connectivity Posted on October 6 2015 October 28 2015 by robmcmahon By Jennifer Leask No school smartboards no telehealth no Netflix no Facebook no Skype no new Internet connections Most Canadians wouldn t have put up with those conditions years ago But in the isolated community of Natuashish it s the modern reality This community of 750 Mushuau Innu on the Northern

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  • About | FirstMile
    called RICTA Research on Information and Communication Technologies ICT with Aboriginal Communities We followed RICTA in 2006 with a series of research projects now called First Nations Innovation FNI The broad focus of all our research is how remote and rural First Nation communities are using ICT On this page you can find all the publications from our research going back to 2004 In 2014 we created an online course for UNB Colonialism and the E Community that we now are offering free to everyone on this website The research home has been the UNB Department of Sociology Outreach For more information about our outreach activities visit the Community Stories section of our website In 2010 we began to work with remote and rural First Nations to develop stories highlighting how these communities are thinking about planning using developing and innovating with ICT The project called the First Mile was initially led by Simon Fraser University SFU in partnership with our research team and after SFU s participation ended the core team continued the work The University of New Brunswick Keewaytinook Okimakanak Mi kmaw Kina matnewey and the First Nations Education Council This series of projects is called the First Mile On this page you can find all the stories documented so far Policy The First Nations organizations in our partnership have been actively involved in policy development prior to 2005 Since we began working together some policy activities continued as a team Our outreach activities in 2010 led by Simon Fraser University and the University of New Brunswick the first First Mile project ended with an activity to influence federal policy related to First Nations broadband infrastructure We realized afterward that the federal regulatory environment was a better focus for our policy efforts In 2013 we created the First

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  • First Mile Q&A | FirstMile
    2011 supporting the AFN s First Nations e Community Strategy that directly references the First Mile work and 2010 report This follows an earlier resolution that outlines the e Community concept and strategy 16 2008 Read the 2010 report Putting the last mile first Re framing Broadband Development in First Nations and Inuit Communities Why would First Nations want to control their broadband infrastructure Across the country broadband infrastructure and networks are rapidly being developed on First Nations territories First Nations governments recognize they need more broadband capacity to support their delivery of community and social services First Nations community organizations businesses and households are also driving demand as they spend more time online and use more high bandwidth applications like video Many First Nations are now attempting to develop local broadband ownership and control over their local telecom networks and infrastructures They also recognize the economic benefits of this development work They recognize that the relationships structures and agreements being put into place at this early stage will shape how broadband systems are developed in the future on First Nations territories Historically First Nations recognize that in most cases corporate telecom providers only deliver the minimum level of service at the maximum price possible Whenever public funds are available telecom providers always make the required claims to access these funds to develop their infrastructure But once public funds for these projects are depleted the level of service in the First Nations quickly returns to an inadequate and insufficient level First Nations realize the importance of owning and controlling their own infrastructure and investing in the capacity to effectively operate and maintain their networks and applications This creates economic and social opportunities for each First Nation What is the purpose of the First Mile community stories The First Mile project

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  • Applying First Mile | FirstMile
    with community members to learn how the community broadband system can effectively service everyone In larger urban environments the silos in health education and other sectors create employment and other opportunities in the hope of better serving a large population In small remote and rural communities these same transplanted urban silos create a lot of inefficiencies Small population centres face challenges in adequately supporting many parallel services and systems Remote and rural First Nations are removing these silos and working cooperatively with various sectors in their communities to develop efficient and innovative systems that address local needs and priorities Strategic relationships and the First Mile Unlike some other service areas a broadband network can only be developed through strategic relationships with outside partners and collaborators The key partners include regional organizations that provide broadband support services to First Nations These organizations are located in most regions across Canada Most First Nations are already working with them to support existing networks that service local schools and health centres Click here to find the regional organization in your area Other key partners are the local regional or national telecommunications companies that provide the community s local network connection to the outside Finally the different levels of government can provide funding for these network connections Click here for information on current government initiatives linked to broadband development Strategic relationships require an effective two way and mutually respectful communication process This ensures all partners appreciate and support local developments and requirements Without this type of relationship First Nations may end up in the situations whether top down decisions are made by people who have little or no understanding or appreciation for local needs and priorities The challenge is to identify people within governments and telecom corporations who are open and responsive to First Nation visions What could the First Mile look like in the future Some First Nations have been developing their broadband infrastructure for decades while others are only starting to think about how to do it It is important to remember that the journey to the First Mile is only beginning for many communities Different First Nations will develop their local broadband networks in innovative ways that reflect the unique contexts of their communities These locally owned networks will also support future development local control means First Nations can decide what to do with these tools For example a community may decide to develop a local phone service using IP Internet Protocol phones or even a local cellular phone network This website features stories of First Mile efforts and activities in First Nations across across Canada We are beginning to conduct research with and publish papers describing how First Nations are putting First Mile concepts into action Click here for community stories of First Mile projects Click here to watch videos of First Mile projects Click here for a list of research publications about First Mile projects The opportunity to share stories and experiences on this website provides First Nations with a

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  • First Mile Policies | FirstMile
    First Nations and government stakeholders You can access it here First Nations Innovation Broadband Policy The First Nations Data Governance Policy outlines a community based data governance policy for discussions negotiations and cooperation between First Nations and stakeholders such as governments and universities You can access it here First Nations Data Governance Policy The First Nations Innovation Publication Policy is a protocol for how the FNI research project approaches publications resulting from our research partnership You can access it here First Nations Innovation Publications Policy Search for Latest News Guide Federal Funding for Indigenous Broadband Report Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings IsumaTV Builds Innovative Digital Systems to Share High Def Streaming Video in Low Speed Remote Communities Recent Comments Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 December 2013 October 2013 July 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July

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  • First Mile Bibliography | FirstMile
    Controlled Education Health and Development The Electronic Journal of Communication 23 1 2 Whiteduck T Beaton B Burton K O Donnell S 2012 Democratic Ideals Meet Reality Developing Locally Owned and Managed Broadband Networks and ICT Services in Rural and Remote First Nations in Quebec and Canada Keynote paper for the Community Informatics Research Network CIRN Conference Prato Italy November Available on the Conference Papers and Proceedings page 47 Gibson K Kakekaspan M Kakekaspan G O Donnell S Walmark B Beaton B and the People of Fort Severn First Nation 2012 A History of Communication by Fort Severn First Nation Community Members From Hand Deliveries to Virtual Pokes Proceedings of the iConference 2012 Toronto Canada February Available on the Book Chapters and Journal Articles page 37 McMahon R O Donnell S Smith R Walmark B Beaton B Simmonds J 2011 Digital Divides and the First Mile Framing First Nations Broadband Development in Canada The International Indigenous Policy Journal 2 2 Retrieved from http ir lib uwo ca iipj vol2 iss2 2 McMahon R O Donnell S Smith R Woodman Simmonds J Walmark B 2010 Putting the last mile first Re framing broadband development in First Nations and Inuit communities Vancouver Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology CPROST Simon Fraser University December O Donnell S Kakekaspan M Beaton B Walmark B Gibson K 2011 How the Washaho Cree Nation at Fort Severn isUsing a First Mile Approach to Deliver Community Services Telecommunications Policy Research Conference George Mason University School of Law Arlington Virginia USA September Available on the Conference Papers and Proceedings page 33 O Donnell S Kakekaspan G Beaton B Walmark B Mason R Mak M 2011 A New Remote Community Owned Wireless Communication Service Fort Severn First Nation Builds Their Local Cellular System with Keewaytinook Mobile Canadian

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  • Contact us | FirstMile
    free phone 877 737 5638 X 4522 First Mile Listserv features news updates and discussion about community broadband systems in Canada s rural and northern regions with a focus on remote Indigenous communities The listserv is hosted by the University of New Brunswick To join send a note to Susan O Donnell at susanodo unb ca Search for Latest News Guide Federal Funding for Indigenous Broadband Report Digital Technology Adoption in Northern and Remote Indigenous Communities in Canada MWC gets SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis grant for literature review FMCC team presents at CRTC BSO hearings IsumaTV Builds Innovative Digital Systems to Share High Def Streaming Video in Low Speed Remote Communities Recent Comments Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 December 2013 October 2013 July 2013 June 2013 March 2013 February 2013 December 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 March 2009 Categories Alberta Atlantic British Columbia Community services Community

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