Published On: August 19th, 2021Categories: NewsLast Updated: August 23rd, 2021

Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council (AKRC) is pleased to confirm the approval of their ICIP application. With the support of the Governing Board of Chiefs and Education Steering Committee, AKRC completed and obtained joint funding for their Phase II project, which will provide connectivity to all five member First Nations: Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation, Big Grassy First Nation, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum, and Northwest Angle No 33 First Nation.

Federal and Provincial funding will support the purchase and installation of connectivity kits throughout five First Nations communities, allowing access to low-earth orbiting satellites and developing support for secure access to school websites. Once completed, the project will provide a more stable internet connection for students establishing a foundation of online support to aid in closing the educational gap with more reliable access to school and mental health resources. “Phase II of this project is essential in closing the digital divide, and all partners have shown their commitment today to support the educational success of our children and youth in our First Nations, for a better way of life.” Rhonda Nash, Director of Operations at AKRC.

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