First Nations Connectivity

Rolling out the fiber optic cable connecting the two remote First Nations of KI and Wapekeka in Ontario’s far north. Photo by Luke Sainnawap.

Let’s bring community-owned high-speed internet to Canada’ s First Nations.

Envision this: Your community owns and controls a high-speed information highway that helps secure a healthy, prosperous, and environmentally sustainable future for all.

What are some of the advantages a wired-to-the-premises fiber optic network can provide? Improved emergency services and healthcare, as well as educational and economic opportunities are just some of the benefits.  

Here’s how one Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations built a fast, secure, and healthy wired network.

Science shows that wireless networks, which rely on small cell transmitters or satellites to broadcast signals, are harmful to wildlife and human health. Are you ready to build a wired-to-the-premise fiber optic network, and access the fastest, safest connectivity possible? 

In Canada, funding and support are available here:

   Visit First Mile to learn about other First Nations who have developed local broadband systems.

□   Contact Pathways to Technology and ask what funding and support is available to help you complete your last mile with a fiber-optic-to-the-premise network.

□   ContacAll Nations Trust about grants or loans.

□   Access the First Nations Technology Council’s Community Connectivity Resource which includes this Getting Started Checklist.

□   Explore federaFirst Nations Community Infrastructure funding. (Note: this is a Canadian govt web-page. If a Google privacy warning comes up when you click on this link, you may find this page by Searching: First Nations Infrastructure Fund.)