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Title: National Connecting Aboriginal Canadians Forum March 1113, Ottawa Presentation by lise Boisjoly Dire

National Connecting Aboriginal Canadians
ForumMarch 11-13, Ottawa Presentation by Élise
Boisjoly Director General, Policy, Planning and
Promotion Industry Canadas Information Highway
Applications Branch
National Vision
  • Make the information and knowledge
    infrastructure accessible to all Canadians,
    thereby making Canada the most connected nation
    in the world.
  • - Speech from the Throne, 1997


A Six Part Agenda Established
  • Canada Online
  • Smart Communities
  • Canadian Content Online
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Canadian Governments Online, and
  • Connecting Canada to the World

Canada Online
  • First country in the world to connect all schools
  • Over 300,000 computers delivered to schools
  • 8,800 Community Access Sites
  • 11,000 voluntary organizations connected
  • 500 high quality digital collections about Canada
    created since 1995

Smart Communities http//
60M Government Commitment
New Model for Community Development
Broadband IS the Platform
What Can Broadband Deliver?
  • Significant increase in services and content
  • Virtual face-to-face interaction
  • Substantially improved existing services and
    creation of innovative and bandwidth-intensive
  • E-Learning - learning anywhere, anytime
  • Tele-health -saving lives and money through
  • E-com - supporting new ways of doing business
  • E-research - exponential improvements in research
  • E-government - fully engaging all citizens

Allows ALL Canadians, wherever they are, to
participate in the Innovation Agenda
Broadband Task Force Recommendations
  • Recommendations and major findings include
  • All Canadians should have equitable and
    affordable access to broadband services
  • First Nations, rural and remote communities
    should be a priority
  • Private sector should play a leadership role
  • Governments should foster competition and assist
    communities in exploiting opportunities
  • A call for a total investment of 4.6B by ALL
    PARTNERS (federal, provincial, territorial,
    municipal governments, and private sector)

Speech from the Throne
  • The Government will continue to support the
    Community Access Program and SchoolNet, ensuring
    that all Canadians, their communities and their
    schools can have an on-ramp to the Information
    Highway. These programs are critical to Canadas
    efforts to close the digital divide, particularly
    in rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal
  • Speech from the Throne, Jan. 30, 2001

Support for Connectivity
  • 85 of FN schools have been connected and are
    receiving ongoing support
  • 60 of participating schools are connected using
    DirecPC satellite technology -- originally most
    used DirecPC
  • 40 of participating schools are now using
    alternative systems
  • return path typically a telephone line or MSAT
  • Satellite channel subsidized by Canadas major
    telephone companies until Dec. 2003
  • IC provides financial support for Internet access
  • technical support Helpdesks provided across the
  • First Nations web site

Aboriginal Connectivity Initiatives
  • Community Access Program
  • 365 rural and 34 urban Aboriginal CAP sites
    across Canada
  • Smart Communities Program
  • Aboriginal Winner The Kuh-ke-nah Network in
    Sioux Lookout Saskatchewan and Labrador
  • Computers for Schools Program
  • To date, provided 7,515 refurbished computers to
    First Nations schools (2.4 of total)

Aboriginal Connectivity Initiatives
  • C-Band Public Benefits Package
  • K-Net proposal approved to deploy a portion of
    Telesats C-band transponder for 23 First Nations
    communities in Northern Ontario and Newfoundland
    and Labrador
  • Telesat Multimedia Trials
  • SchoolNet/Telesat Canada experimental satellite
    school pilot will demonstrate usage of high speed
    communications in 13 schools, 3 of which are
    First Nations, in northern Ontario, Quebec, and
    Newfoundland and Labrador until June 2003

Aboriginal Content Competencies
  • Canadas Digital Collections (CDC)
  • 15 of collections feature significant Aboriginal
  • SchoolNet GrassRoots Program
  • 172 Aboriginal Studies Projects
  • 45 First Nations Projects - many award winning
  • SchoolNet Network of Innovative Schools Program
  • 8 NIS schools have self-identified as having high
    Aboriginal participation
  • SkillNet
  • working with partners in the delivery of
    CareerPLACE, an on-line recruitment service for
    over 1,600 Aboriginal job seekers

Continuing Support for Connectedness Agenda
  • Budget 2001 - Implications for Aboriginal
  • SchoolNet and CAP - 60M per year for 2 years
  • 35M/year for 3 years to support broadband
    expansion, starting 2004-05
  • 110M to build CAnet 4 the next generation
    Internet broadband backbone
  • 600M over next four years to implement GOL
    strategy by 2005
  • Commitment to vision of broadband connectivity to
    all communities timeline extended to 2005

The Challenge Continues
Moving Forward Innovation
  • It is time to push our efforts to a new level
    to challenge Canadians with ambitious targets for
    the next decade and then work together to achieve
  • Executive Summary, Canadas Innovation Strategy,
    February 2002.

Engaging Aboriginal Innovation
Moving Forward Challenges and Imperatives
  • Increased connectivity and usage through
  • leveraging multi-source funding for
    community-based solutions and aggregating demand
  • exploring national and regional sustainable
    public and private partnerships (Examples
    Telesat, K-Net, C-Com and others)
  • assessing satellite technologies options C-band
    Ku-band and eventually Ka-band

Moving Forward Challenges and Imperatives (cont.)
  • Development of First Nations specific content
  • Industry Canada wishes to collaborate and
    leverage existing resources with OGDs and others
    to facilitate Aboriginal content development
  • Capacity-Building
  • Industry Canada wishes to participate in the
    elaboration of sustainable ICT basic skills
    solutions within communities in light of high
    staff turnover in schools and Bands
  • Awareness
  • need to cultivate better awareness on benefits,
    problems, best practices and opportunities
    related to Aboriginal integration and usage of
    information technology
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