Pathways to Technology, a project managed by All Nations Trust Company, is an initiative to bring affordable high-speed internet to all 203 First Nations in British Columbia. The Pathways team is working to ensure First Nations people can connect with the world via high-speed internet no matter where they live.
We collaborate with communities to identify and understand their specific needs and then engage with our wide network of partners to ensure those needs are met through building infrastructure, making connections and facilitating ongoing training and support.
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We have gained tremendous momentum since we embarked on this mission. With each new community that comes online, we are supporting the future of First Nations businesses, schools, health centres, and band organizations.
A much-improved communications link to our isolated community benefits our people, schools and businesses and will make Ahousaht a safer place to live and work.
The Pathways to Technology upgrade breathed new life into our aging infrastructure. We built off of the existing system and then expanded the cable network into new subdivisions and businesses in our growing community.
Before Pathways came to town, our only option was dial-up internet or taking the hour-long trip to town to go online. We absolutely love having high-speed internet at home, business owners are raving about how fast and reliable it is, and even our school is connected – it is an awesome tool for the kids.
With each new community that comes online, we are supporting the future of local businesses, schools, health centres, and band organizations through a world of opportunity they may have never experienced before.
Toquaht Potlatch (31m)
Enjoy stunning scenery and share in the memorial potlatch for former chief Bert Mack in the community of Toquaht. Community members describe the significance of this potlatch, the role of the Internet in its planning and organizing, and the broader opportunities made possible by broadband.
Part 2: High-Speed Internet a Stepping Stone to Growth
The completion of a new fibre-optic cable along Highway 4 from Port Alberni to the west coast makes high-speed Internet in a reality for local Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations communities.