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The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led, innovative non-profit mandated by First Nations leadership in British Columbia. We work to advance digital literacy, improve internet connectivity, and provide guidance on data and digital technology for all 204 First Nations across the province.

About First Nations Technology Council

Today, technology weaves through nearly every aspect of our lives from work to education; culture and health; environmental stewardship; rights implementation; and more. Since time immemorial, our peoples have used and advanced technology, but colonialism, and the systemic barriers it creates, excluded us from equitably participating and leading in the evolution of current technology. That’s why we’re working to weave Indigenous knowledge, culture, and ways of being into technology.

Established in 2002, we are an Indigenous-led non-profit serving all First Nations across BC. Our organization is guided by a board of directors who represent First Nations throughout the province. Our work is led by a team of Indigenous professionals and aspiring allies who specialize in education, engagement, thought and policy leadership, and research.

Mission Statement

The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led, innovative non-profit mandated by First Nations leadership in British Columbia. We work to advance digital literacy, improve internet connectivity and provide guidance on data and digital technology for all 204 First Nations across the province.

Vision Statement

We envision a future where Indigenous Peoples and communities claim our space in the digital age by designing and stewarding technology to renew and strengthen our cultures, lands, languages, and ways of being for future generations.

Values

Balance: We support the holistic well-being of our staff, partners, and the communities we serve. We strive for a healthy work-life balance to ensure our team can show up with passion, energy, and dedication.

Respect: We value each person’s unique perspective and lived experience and treat each other, our partners, and the communities we serve with respect.

Trust: We build strong, reciprocal, trust-based relationships, operating with transparency and integrity in all that we do. The communities we serve can rely on us to provide honest advice and guidance on technology. 

Mandates

The First Nations Leadership Council, which consists of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, has given us four mandates:

Digital Skills Development
Connectivity
Information Management
Technical Support and Services

Territorial Acknowledgement

The First Nations Technology Council is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xwmeθkweyem (Musqueam) and Selilwetal (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Artist Acknowledgement

Photo courtesy jaminzuroski.com

The footer and background artwork on this site was created by Jamin Zuroski, an award-winning artist, teacher, and consultant residing in Victoria B.C. Jamin holds mixed ancestry from Ukrainian and Polish on his father’s side and Namgis First Nation on his mother’s side. For the past 26 years, Jamin has practiced and worked with a variety of artists, community members, organizations, businesses, schools, Friendship Centres and government on a variety of projects, initiatives, workshops, events and conferences.