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.
In Part 2 of this two-part video series, meet Toquaht Chief Anne Mack and other local leaders who say the new connection is one more stepping stone to attracting people back home and creating more opportunities, especially for youth, in education, culture, health care and business. The Toquaht Nation community of Macoah is the first to be connected, with others scheduled to come online by March 2017. The joint project is a partnership between the Province of British Columbia, TELUS, BC Hydro and the Pathways to Technology initiative. The new fibre connection dramatically improves Internet and wireless capacity, connecting many for the first time.
First Nations along Highway 4 on Vancouver Island hope the arrival of high speed Internet in their communities will attract people back home to live, work and raise their family.
Pathways to Technology is connecting the communities of Opitsaht, Macoah, Ahousaht, Esowista, Huu-ay-aht, Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ (Ucluelet), and Ty-Histanis as part of a new fibre optic line upgrade between Port Alberni and Ucluelet. The communities currently have no Internet access or only limited service.
In Part 1 of this two-part video series, meet local leaders who believe the availability of high speed Internet will give people the ability to participate and succeed in the modern information economy.
The Pathways to Technology initiative is helping to revolutionize the delivery of health care in First Nation communities across BC.
Watch our report from Carrier-Sekani Family Services to see first-hand from patients, doctors and community health nurses how traditional care is being blended with cutting-edge technology to provide high quality care faster and more affordably, without any loss of the all-important human touch.