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.

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Skills Development

 Access the province's fastest growing sector with FREE Indigenous-led training, from entry-level to advanced certifications in coding, GIS mapping, software testing, digital marketing and more.

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Digital Equity Campaign

Many Indigenous people in British Columbia can't download a PDF from an email due to slow or no internet. This hinders jobs and business opportunities. Let's work together to eliminate the digital divide. 

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First Nations Resources

Our First Nations Knowledge Network is an online hub for Indigenous communities with nearly 5,000 members and more than 500 resources on economic development, legal, finance, governance and more. 

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Upcoming Gatherings

We are hosting regional gatherings across B.C. in the Fall of 2018 to talk opportunities for Indigenous people in the tech sector and the role of technology in the future of our people and nations. 

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Indigenous Tech 

The fastest growing sector of the economy meets the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the country.

ComputerThe 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.

Our Missions


Service Mission

The First Nations Technology Council is a central convener between government, industry, academia and First Nations communities to ensure comprehensive, sustainable and appropriate technology based programs and services are developed and funded. The sustainability of our service mission is served by our enterprise mission.

Enterprise Mission

The First Nations Technology Council provides direct technology related services through fee for service and earned income programs that create less reliance on government funded programs and grants, while continuing to advance the use of digital technologies in First Nations communities. The enterprise mission is what supports and serves the sustainability of our service mission.