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 newly connected communities are able to turn technology into action for education, health, culture and business.

Check out a sampling of upcoming workshops and events:

Technician Training: FNTC is supporting CISCO Network training for staff at Carrier Sekani Family Services who are leading the first telehealth project in the province. The Pathways project last year partnered with CSFS to finance a significant portion of the connectivity costs and add community connections for homes and businesses in 10 First Nation communities in the area.

A new First Nations-targeted Technician Training Program has been developed in collaboration with the College of New Caledonia in Prince George and the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association. FNTC is working with other regional colleges to develop similar programs.

The program includes a two-week Essential Skills component that will lead into hands-on, certified technical training for up to 16 people. In addition to A+ Industry Certification, students complete the following:

  • Microsoft Customer Support Specialists
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CompTIA Server +
  • Copper and Fiber |Certified Installer "FOA” Certification

Community Technology Planning: FNTC has developed a revised Community Technology Plan template to support First Nations in getting a clearer picture of their current hardware, software and human capacity with a goal to planning for future needs.

Homalco First Nation, newly connected with broadband Internet by the Pathways project, is taking the lead on testing the template which will be used to support other communities moving forward.

Councillor Darren Blaney commented, ‘Let’s get this done!’ – demonstrating the importance Homalco places on technology planning.

In some cases, it will make more sense for groups of Nations to plan their technology together. This approach is being taken by FNTC when looking at specialized technical training initiatives where it is unlikely an entire cohort would come from one small community.

ICT Summit: Get set to explore a ‘New World of Possibility’ at the annual ICT Summit, Feb. 23-25 in Vancouver, co-hosted by FNTC and the Pacific Community Networks Association.

There will be many hands-on capacity building opportunities available, plus many sessions spotlighting the great work being done in communities leading the way on using technology in innovative ways.

Keynote speaker Commander John Herrington, the first Native American to walk in space, will stress the importance of supporting youth to continue learning math and science.

Plan to attend. For more information, visit

GIS Curriculum: FNTC has developed a First Nations specific GIS curriculum that will be delivered for credit through Seabird College. The online education course will have support from a mentor with over 20 years of GIS teaching experience. In the past, FNTC has delivered a series of one-week GIS courses that were over-subscribed and continues to receive requests for more training. FNTC and Seabird are targeting mid-February for a start date. For more information or to register for the course, contact FNTC ( and watch the FNBC ( info portal for more details.

Animation Workshop: A four-day animation workshop led by Symbols Design was recently held at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton with 12 very excited participants in attendance. FNTC worked with Symbols on workshop design and provided a mobile Mac computing lab giving participants the latest software tools.

"Excellent, challenging, and inspiring!” was how participants described their experience.

Skills taught at this workshop introduce students to a world with great potential – jobs, sharing cultural materials, working in communications, and supporting the development of more engaging educational materials.

Posted: February 15, 2012