Phase one of the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc (AKRC) connectivity project is currently underway with the deployment and set up of Starlink satellites to our five-member First Nations. The new Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) technology is proving to be a game-changer for rural and remote communities.
“This has been a team effort between AKRC, FSET, Starlink, and of course our member First Nations to address the digital divide by bridging the gap of an essential service to support our schools, learning centres, and training projects.” (Chris Skead, President AKRC). The installations are going smoothly, with all team members working together synchronously for the best outcomes. Indigenous Services Canada provided the funding for phase one.
COVID-19 has amplified the harm caused by a lack of internet access to remote First Nations; therefore, the next move is from bridging the gap to closing the gap. Hence phase two was developed to expand and provide internet services to children, youth, adults, and Elders. Project deliverables will achieve digital equity in education, such as accessing resources, support online learning, training, and economic development, to name a few. AKRC and their partners have submitted a project for phase two, and approval is pending.
For more information about AKRC deployment contact our Executive Director using our contact form
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