The First Nations Technology Council continues to stand in solidarity with the people and communities affected by the Canadian Residential School system. We mourn the growing number of lives lost and share in the grief and healing of the survivors, including intergenerational and future generation survivors. True reconciliation is needed, beginning with hearing our truth.
As a way to help push meaningful reconciliation forward, challenge all levels of government to do better, and achieve justice for colonization we have decided to continue with the progress of the Indigenous Leadership in Technology Project.
This project seeks to centre the voices of our people and communities in the ongoing dialogue about the future of technology and innovation in BC and to ensure we define self-determination and success in the digital age for ourselves. We must no longer be excluded from opportunities in the technology and innovation sector.
To allow time and space as communities grieve, we have extended the timeline of this project and our upcoming engagement opportunities.
If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress, please contact the Indian Residential School Survivors 24-hour support line at 1-800-721-0066 or visit https://www.irsss.ca/.
In January 2019, the First Nations Technology Council completed the initial phase of a first-of-its-kind, multi-year project entitled, Indigenous Leadership in Technology: Understanding Access and Opportunities in BC. Through research and engagement with Indigenous peoples and communities, and technology and technology-enabled industry employers, we are seeking to increase Indigenous participation in technology and innovation and better understand the actions, resources, and supports that are needed for Indigenous peoples and communities to gain access to, and maximize opportunities in the digital age.
Using an Indigenous research approach that aligns with the principles of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP®), the goals of this project are to:
- understand the current and future demand for technology jobs in BC’s seven regions;
- understand the challenges preventing Indigenous peoples from participating in/accessing technology-related opportunities;
- understand the challenges and opportunities identified by Indigenous peoples relating to needed telecommunication infrastructure in their communities to enable economic growth and participation;
- understand the priorities in technology sectors including innovation, hiring, and Indigenous recruitment; and
- explore opportunities for boosting talent acquisition and participation of Indigenous peoples in technology industries.
The initial phase of the project was focused on engaging Indigenous people, communities and organizations to uncover themes that would guide ongoing research and engagement. Some of the key themes that emerged included barriers to connectivity and the need for increased technology industry partnership and mentorship opportunities for Indigenous peoples in BC.
Where Are We Now?
In January 2020, in partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Council and Reciprocal Consulting, with funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training’s Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program, the Technology Council began the second phase of the Indigenous Leadership in Technology project. During this phase, we are going to further explore and engage on the research and engagement outcomes that have emerged to date. There will be many opportunities for participation during this phase of the project.
To learn more about this project, watch this Information Session!
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This summer we will be launching a survey and hosting regional engagement sessions. Click the button below to let us know how you’d like to participate in this project!
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