We operate at the intersection of Indigenous sovereignty, technological advancement and a rapidly expanding technology and innovation economy. Our work is grounded in the belief that reconciliation and innovation go hand-in-hand, and that a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and world views participating and leading in technology fields will lead to a more prosperous future for all Canadians.
We are Indigenous-led, with a board of directors representing Indigenous communities from all over British Columbia. Our most senior leadership positions are proudly held by Indigenous women. Our dynamic and rapidly growing team works with Indigenous peoples, governments, academic institutions, technology futurists and social changemakers to map the ecosystem that will result in fair and equitable access to the tools, resources and education required for successin the digital age.
Since 2002, we have partnered with over 150 Indigenous communities across the province to provide advice, insights, and technology-related training. We unveiled a strategic renewal in 2013, reimagining the role of the Technology Council in a rapidly changing digital landscape. Werecognized that these are the most exciting and important years in the advancement of technology and innovation in Indigenous communities as BC and Canada work to become global leaders in the digital economy.
With new resources and a powerful network, we positioned the Technology Council to support thousands of Indigenous peoples over the coming years through our comprehensive education programs.
Moving forward, our vision is one of a thriving Indigenous Innovation Ecosystem, in which Indigenous peoples are empowered with the necessary skills and certifications to thrive in our digital age, Indigenous communities are able to fully utilize technology to advance their visions and the technology sector is actively being shaped by Indigenous voices and perspectives as it responds meaningfully to reconciliation.
The First Nations Technology Council is an Indigenous-led organization that serves all 203 First Nations communities across British Columbia, working to ensure that Indigenous peoples have full and equitable access to the tools, training and support to maximize the opportunities presented by technology and innovation. The Technology Council sees the strengthening of local Indigenous economies and the empowering of Indigenous innovators as contributing to Indigenous self-determination and nationhood. These efforts can serve as a tangible form of reconciliation as we work towards a shared and sustainable future in Canada.
The First Nations Technology Council was established in 2002 with our founding mandates given to us by the First Nations Leadership Council, which consists of the BC Assembly of First Nations, First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs. The mandates are as followed:
• Digital Skills Development
• Information Management
• Technical Support and Services