B.C.’s First Nations Technology Council starts digital equity strategy to end Indigenous technological disparities

The First Nations Technology Council says Indigenous communities need a comprehensive strategy to address digital inequities.

Why It Matters

To some Indigenous communities, self-determination and the full exercise of treaty rights requires them to have sufficient access to digital tools, high-speed broadband, and technology education.

After years of trying to improve access to digital technologies for Indigenous communities in British Columbia, the First Nations Technology Council is launching a process to create a far-reaching digital equity strategy for the province to bridge its digital divide.

“I am so pleased to announce that after a decade of effort to position Indigenous People’s leadership as central to the advancement of digital society, we can now celebrate that the Indigenous Digital Equity Strategy is in motion,” said Denise Williams, First Nations Technology Council CEO in a release Wednesday.

The Indigenous Digital Equity Strategy Project will be co-led by the First Nations Technology Council and Indigenous communities — including elders and youth — as well as private sector companies and representatives from the B.C. and federal governments. Over the next year, the Counci

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