Community Spotlight

Community Spotlight

Penelakut Island

Connected 2019 Standing at the tiny ferry terminal in the Vancouver Island town of Chemainus, Penelakut Island appears to be almost within throwing distance. The island is separated from Vancouver Island by only a seven-kilometer span of water in the Salish Sea, but, until recently, the digital divide was vast. The island is inhabited exclusively by approximately 700 members of...

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Gitsegukla

Connected May 2013 Nestled in the scenic Skeena River valley, some 110 kilometers northeast of Terrace, the village of Gitsegukla (Kitsegukla) is home to more than 500 members of the Gitxsan First Nation. Twice destroyed by rising waters, this resilient community has been in the region for hundreds of years - but only recently stepped into the digital age with Pathways’...

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Ashcroft

Connected September 2012 The Ashcroft Indian Band, nestled in the heart of the Thompson Okanagan, is another BC First Nation now receiving the benefits of a high-speed internet connection. With the help of the Pathways team, the community of 100 people has upgraded from an unreliable connection to the unparalleled advantages of broadband service. Until the fall of 2012, the...

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Canim Lake

Connected December 2011   In the heart of the Cariboo, the Canim Lake Band is celebrating one year of high-speed connectivity thanks to the Pathways project.    This was an initiative that the community staff and leadership pursued for three years. Watching the rest of the world communicate with high-speed internet while they were using dial up service and satellite...

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Bella Bella (Heiltsuk)

Connected May 2012 The Pathways to Technology team marked another milestone in the spring of 2012, helping to connect the community of Bella Bella – located on the province’s Central Coast. With a significant upgrade, the Heiltsuk people now have access to the virtual resources delivered by a high-speed internet connection, while the band’s own business venture is making the...

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Homalco

Connected March 2012 Homalco 9 is located on Vancouver Island approximately 10 kilometers south of Campbell River. With a staple industry of salmon fishing for hundreds of years, the Homalco First Nation is now exploring hydro-electric power and eco-tourism as a new wave of business ventures for the band. The first step toward a high-speed internet connection for Homalco came...

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Tahltan Nation

Connected February 2012 Bringing the power of the internet to First Nation communities across the province can have a profound impact. A perfect example of that is the Tahltan community at Dease Lake. Located just a few hours south of the Yukon border, the First Nation is located in the heart of Cassiar Country. With a long a history in...

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Blueberry River

Connected March 2011  Pathways to Technology is making strides across British Columbia. One of the program’s success stories is Blueberry River, where the installation of high-speed internet is changing the way the community does business, education and even entertainment. Blueberry River is a small First Nations community of just over 400 people, located 45 minutes north of Fort St. John. Situated...

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