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High-speed Internet Arrives for First Nations on Vancouver Island's West Coast

The Province of British Columbia, TELUS, BC Hydro and All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO) are celebrating the completion of a new fibre-optic cable along Highway 4 from Port Alberni to the Ucluelet junction. The new fibre connection has dramatically improved Internet and wireless capacity and alleviated congestion for many west coast communities. The approximately $12-million investment will enable Internet service...

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Government of Canada Supports Pathways Project

The Government of Canada today announced a commitment of $2.2 million in support of the Pathways to Technology project in British Columbia. Pathways to Technology is a First Nations-led initiative managed by the All Nations Trust Company to bring broadband connectivity to unserved or underserved First Nations communities. Funding was secured by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada through the Building...

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Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Connects for First Time to High Speed Internet

Community leaders in the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation say a new high-speed Internet upgrade will unlock a wealth of business, social and nation building opportunities. Earlier this month the 116 members who live on the reserve land, located just 25 minutes outside Prince George, were connected for the first time to the high speed broadband world. Lheidli T’enneh is the...

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Nine Island First Nations Get High Speed Connections

A new fibre optic line being built between Port Alberni and Ucluelet will connect nine remote First Nations with high-speed Internet service that community leaders say will unlock a wealth of business, social and nation building opportunities.  The technology infrastructure upgrade is the result of a partnership between All Nations Trust Company, through the Pathways to Technology project, TELUS, BC...

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Connecting The Coast With The Help Of Pathways Partners

While the majority of Pathways projects have focused on connecting one or two First Nations communities at a time, the program is also working with partners to enhance services across entire regions.  An example of this cooperation is the Coastal Radio Upgrade, which began in March of 2013 in collaboration with TELUS and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU).  The team set off to...

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Another Milestone Year For Pathways

Four years since Pathways to Technology first broke ground in British Columbia, the project continues to close the gap on the digital divide for First Nations communities across the province. As a federally and provincially funded program, Pathways is driven to meet certain metrics – with the key number being 203.  The team is committed to ensuring that all 203...

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Capacity Building Ramps Up

As the Pathways project spreads across British Columbia, First Nations communities are being connected to high-speed Internet at an ever-growing pace. Much to the delight of local Internet Service Providers, local subscription rates in those connected towns and villages are also soaring.  While the industry benchmark for first-year Internet subscription rates ranges between 30-35%, Pathways has seen average rates well...

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2 Communities, 2 Solutions, 2 Success Stories

There is no doubting the geographical challenges that come with connecting every First Nations community in British Columbia to high-speed Internet. From villages perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, to towns nestled in the Rocky Mountains – no two projects are the same. But the Pathways team is breaking down barriers, and delivering broadband solutions in every corner...

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Creating Telehealth Connections in Carrier Sekani

In the spring of 2010, Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) began to develop a cutting-edge telecommunications network, with a goal of connecting high-speed Internet to its head office in Prince George, and seven First Nations health centres within the region.  In partnership with Pathways to Technology, CSFS was able to establish connections that serve more than 11,000 people in 10...

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High-Speed Internet Service Reaches the Lil’wat Nation

The 900 people living in the Lil’wat Nation subdivision of Xet’olacw, near Mount Currie, can finally pull the plug on their old dial-up Internet service now that high-speed broadband has finally reached the community. Lil'wat Nation community members and students celebrate at Xet'olacw School to announce the arrival of broadband Internet service in the community. Citizens' Services and Open Government...

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Meeting in the Middle at Halfway River

Using some collaboration between local First Nations and municipal community leaders, the Pathways to Technology team is meeting "halfway” in more ways than one to power a new high-speed Internet connection in Halfway River.  Initial due diligence and discussions with Northwestel hinted at a very expensive build, possibly putting fibre optic connectivity out of reach for this community of 250...

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Gitanyow Goes Online

The addition of high-speed Internet to a First Nations village provides benefits beyond simple web browsing, and can actually help bring a community’s economy to life. That’s exactly the case in Gitanyow, located 140 kilometres northeast of Terrace just off Highway 37.  For several years the community had only limited access to Internet technology – and it was an unreliable...

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Empowering Communities with High-Speed Internet Access

As another fiscal year-end approaches (March 31, 2013) we pause, consider the year that’s been, and look ahead at the year to come. As regular readers of the Pathways newsletter know, connecting a given community involves both bringing connectivity to the community and last mile work - distributing that connectivity to homes and buildings within the community.     This year...

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Becoming A Community Service Provider

The Pathways to Technology project is introducing broadband connectivity to many BC First Nations for the first time, but along with the opportunities high-speed Internet provides comes the challenge of managing this technology.   For some communities this may involve negotiating a contract with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to be the vendor and manager of the network resources.  Other...

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Pathways Supports FNHA in Healthcare Transformation

As more First Nations across the province are connected to high-speed Internet, the Pathways to Technology team is working closely with the First Nations Health Authority to support cutting-edge eHealth technologies for First Nations communities. The FNHA is working to create an integrated clinical First Nations telehealth network across BC that will link community health centres to services from the...

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Training Courses Turn Technology into Action

The First Nations Technology Council has a busy calendar of upcoming training and support programs to help communities and people interested in building their technology skills. FNTC continues to build strong partnerships that are benefitting First Nations in our province. The organization is responsible for developing and delivering capacity building programs as part of the Pathways to Technology initiative, ensuring...

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High Speed Access Opens More Doors in 2012

The Pathways to Technology project continues to gather momentum in 2012 as technical crews extend the web of connectivity to more First Nations communities throughout the province. The multi-year initiative expects to connect or enhance connectivity in remote First Nations communities that currently have no Internet access or only limited service. Following the project’s first full year of operations, 14...

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Partner Profile: FNHC - Panorama Project Takes eHealth Local

The Pathways to Technology initiative continues to pave the way for digital revolutions in health care for First Nations throughout BC and is taking strides towards their goal of providing reliable high-speed internet connectivity to all First Nations in the province. The initiative, managed by All Nations Trust Company in collaboration with the First Nations Health Council and the First...

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Interactive Map Brings Pathways to Life

As the Pathways project continues to connect more First Nations communities across British Columbia, a new online map will help people understand the incredible scope of this unique project with just the click of a mouse. With the help of Google Maps Service™ and the Province of British Columbia’s digital database, All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO) has developed an interactive...

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Community Celebration in Doig River Welcomes High-Speed Connection

Pathways to Technology’s goal of connecting every First Nations community in British  Columbia to high-speed Internet took a step closer to reality with the addition of a broadband connection in the remote northeastern community of Doig River. In June, community members joined representatives from the Pathways to Technology team, along with Stephanie Cadieux, former Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and...

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Sparking A Digital Revolution In Doig River

Now that Doig River is connected to high-speed Internet, community members are beginning to take advantage of some of the endless benefits a broadband connection can provide. With every step forward, those in Doig River are helping to bridge the digital divide between First Nations peoples and other British Columbians. The band is rolling out the high-speed connection to homes...

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Partner Profile: Network BC - Developing Connections With Broadband

Network BC is committed to helping ensure every one of the 203 First Nations in BC have access to broadband technology. We won’t stop until that happens – and likely not even then. You see, with such infectious passion and drive to give all citizens access to the power of the Internet, it makes sense that Network BC would be...

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FNTC Building Capacity Through Pathways

FNTC continues to work with Doig River youth and Garry Oker, Tracey Bonneau and Matthew McNeill of Symbols Design on building multimedia capacity with Doig River youth. As a result of all the work done by the team, some of the Doig youth are already getting contracts from industry in their territory to develop communications materials. FNTC has contracted Symbols to...

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Carrier-Sekani Family Services Goes Digital

Since partnering with Pathways to Technology to establish high-speed Internet infrastructure in many areas of BC’s North earlier this year, Carrier-Sekani Family Services (CSFS) has been putting these newfound resources into action. With offices in Prince George, Burns Lake and Vanderhoof and the communities they serve now connected to broadband Internet, CSFS is ready to make the digital transition to...

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Getting Communities Broadband FIT

Ensuring that all 203 First Nations communities in British Columbia have access to reliable high-speed Internet service is a huge, complex project that has never been attempted in this country – until now. The hard work of many organizations was rewarded when, in 2009, the provincial and federal governments granted $40.8 million to All Nations Trust Company (ANTCO) to manage...

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Project Expands Service in Carrier-Sekani

May 2011 When opportunity comes knocking to create mutual success, the Pathways to Technology team is there to extend a helping hand. In the case of the Carrier-Sekani Family Services in central British Columbia, Pathways is pleased to step up as a willing community partner and support their innovative Internet infrastructure project. Carrier-Sekani Family Services (CSFS) was already months into...

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Pathways A "Tipping Point" To Achieving Better Health Services

High speed Internet connectivity provided by the Pathways project represents an important capacity for First Nations Health Centres across the province. The First Nations Health Council (FNHC) and its government partners are committed to establishing a First Nations Telehealth/eHealth Network that will eventually link all community based Health Centres in the province. This will provide the First Nations health sector...

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Building Capacity One Person At A Time

May 2011 While a large part of the Pathways to Technology project involves the construction of communication lines, technology can also be a tool of transformation. As key a partner in the Pathways project, the First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) is taking the lead on technical capacity building in First Nations communities in BC.    "Technology is not the goal...

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