Canada, ON invest over $14.2M in internet infrastructure for Indigenous communities, education

August 25, 2021
The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario have announced that they will be investing over $14.2M in five Northern Ontario community and education infrastructure projects. The projects include the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Student Internet Connectivity Project, which will provide secure internet to students attending school virtually. Two other projects will provide 13 First Nation communities with internet, which will allow students to access remote learning, school websites, and online mental health resources. These projects will serve the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council, five member communities, and the Seven Generations Education Institute for 8 First Nations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how crucial it is to have highspeed broadband access so members across NAN territory can receive much-needed services, including health care and education,” said Alvin Fiddler, Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. “This significant investment in Starlink technology will allow our communities to develop capacity for information technology and support online services that will help provide a better quality of life.” Canada (National)