Leading the Advancement of Digital Technologies for Indigenous People
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led not-for-profit organization that provides free digital skills training for Indigenous people and is working towards equitable access to technology for Indigenous communities in order to advance sovereignty in the digital age.
Indigenous people have governed our territories since time immemorial. We have stories woven in the land and passed down from generation to generation of our diverse nations that speak of connection, sustainability, and reciprocity. We see these values in British Columbia’s flourishing technology sector. We see a path towards the resurgence of our peoples’ sovereignty through innovation. We see partnership and equal access to high-speed connectivity as the missing link to reconciliation in the digital age.
The fastest growing sector of the economy meets the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country.
The 2016 BC TechTalent Report anticipates that the rapid growth of the BC tech sector means an additional 47,000 jobs in the province by 2021. But due to local skills shortages and labour gaps, 30,500 of these jobs will remain vacant. That’s why we are supporting and developing a generation of Indigenous tech talent and ensuring all 203 BC First Nations have affordable access to high-speed internet. This is reconciliation in the digital age.
Welcome to the Movement
We envision a thriving ecosystem of Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators and self-governing communities that blends new tools with traditional knowledge. By partnering with technology companies, the provincial and federal government and many educational institutes, we are ensuring that all 203 BC First Nations have equal access to broadband connectivity and digital skills. Together we are empowering Indigenous people with the tools and certifications they need to launch successful careers and build sustainable economies that fit the needs of their nations.