The First Nations Innovation project has four partners:

In addition to the project partners we have two associates on our project: Rob McMahon, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New Brunswick, and Michael Gurstein, Centre for Community Informatics Research, Development and Training.

We encourage you to learn more about the partner organizations by visiting the links above – if you would like more information about any of us, please email the contact person.

The three First Nation organization partners in our project are First Nation owned and controlled organizations at the regional level. These three organizations – Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), First Nations Education Council (FNEC) and Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk (ACFNHD) – are supporting the rural and remote First Nations on their networks to develop and use broadband infrastructure, networks and applications for community, social and economic development.

The partner organizations, as directed by their First Nation leadership, are focused on getting the technology into the communities, rather than telling communities what to do with it. All the First Nation organization partner organizations have a strong awareness of the issues facing their First Nations communities and the need to foster community-based solutions to broadband diffusion and community challenges.

These partners work with many different First Nation organizations, governments, universities and commercial organizations. They foster awareness in their partners and contacts of the importance of community-based solutions. Whenever possible, they use videoconferencing to communicate with their partners and contacts, and they encourage the use of videoconferencing with the communities on their networks.

For more information about the role of our partner organizations and how they support First Nations, check out our publications below, including several articles available in both English and French:

1. Democratic Ideals Meet Reality: Developing Locally Owned and Managed Broadband Networks and ICT Services in Rural and Remote First Nations in Quebec and Canada

2. Community Based Broadband Organizations and Video Communications for Remote and Rural First Nations in Canada French version

3. How K-Net and Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk are using videoconferencing for community development