Pathways to Technology, a project managed by All Nations Trust Company, is an initiative to bring affordable and reliable high-speed Internet connectivity to all 203 First Nations in BC.
We are making real progress to bridge the digital divide across some of the most remote and challenging terrain in the world.
Today, while nearly 95% of First Nations now have a broadband connection into their communities, a lot more work continues to be done to increase bandwidth and provide a reliable and affordable connection to homes and businesses.
With improved high-speed Internet connectivity, First Nations people benefit from improved health care, online education, economic development programs and job training opportunities.
Technology applications also assist with cultural preservation and revitalization projects, land and resource management, critical infrastructure monitoring and so much more.
That is why Pathways to Technology continues to work with communities to advocate for sustainable technology solutions and improved network capacity.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Pathways to Technology project is its comprehensive community consultation. The Pathways team works closely with each participating First Nation through every step of the project’s life cycle – from identifying the most pressing needs in the community for Internet connectivity, through to construction and the activation of the broadband service.
The Pathways to Technology initiative, a $48.8 million information and communications technology infrastructure project managed by ANTCO with funding from the Province of BC and the Government of Canada, is the largest and most complex First Nations connectivity initiative in the country.
High-speed Internet access for all 203 First Nation communities in BC has long been recognized as fundamental in closing the socio-economic gap between First Nations and other British Columbians.
Broadband connectivity is also a key priority for the First Nations Health Authority, part of the Authority’s drive to create a fully integrated First Nations clinical telehealth network.
All Nations Trust Company engages with dozens of organizations to plan and implement its Pathways to Technology initiative.
Public partners include Health Canada, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Ministry of Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services (NetworkBC), the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation and the First Nations Health Authority.
Private partners include the First Nations Education Steering Committee and dozens of telecommunications providers and training agencies, from small local contractors to the goliaths of the industry.
The challenges before us are great, but the rewards are even greater.