Welcome to First Nations Innovation

Launch of the First Nations Innovation Research Project
Researching and Celebrating Achievements with Information and Communications Technologies


Remote and rural First Nation communities are using broadband networks and information and communications technologies (ICT) in many innovative ways – to support e-health, e-learning, e-business, e-administration and many other applications and services. Community members use ICT to access services online and communicate with people everywhere.

A team of First Nation organizations and researchers is launching the First Nations Innovation project to study and celebrate these achievements. We recognize the value of research to support and develop understanding, evidence-based policy and transformative change. The partners are Keewaytinook Okimakanak in Ontario, the First Nations Education Council in Quebec, Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk / Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey and the University of New Brunswick.

First Nations Innovation (FNI) is creating new benefits for Canada with:

  • Sharing and documenting First Nation innovative success stories and best practices with other First Nations, academics and the Canadian public
  • Supporting First Nation ownership, control, access and possession of ICT tools, infrastructure and capacity through appropriate and respectful documentation and presentation of innovative practices by First Nation partners
  • Developing an understanding of how First Nations are using technologies for community, social and economic development
  • Making the links between broadband networks in First Nations and self-determination, treaties, and  national and international policies such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Keewaytinook Okimakanak: www.knet.ca
First Nation Education Council: www.cepn-fnec.com
Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk: www.firstnationhelp.com
University of New Brunswick: www.unb.ca
First Nations Innovation project: www.fn-innovation-pn.com