The First Nations Technology Council is a not-for-profit/social enterprise mandated by the 203 First Nations communities in BC and endorsed by the First Nations Summit to enhance access and use of digital technologies.

VISION STATEMENT:

Leading the Advancement of Digital Technologies in First Nations Communities.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

RESPECT

We value all that makes individuals and communities unique.

INNOVATION

We have the resources and networks that ensure innovative solutions.

VALUE

We ensure that First Nations realize maximum value in technology investment.

TRUST

We earn trust by continuously providing excellent services and support that can be relied on.

Executive Director’s Report

Denise

When the Technology Council was first created in 2002, the driving concept was to ensure that First Nations communities have access to technology and the capacity to implement it in building self-determining nations. Since that time, the Technology Council has undergone major transformation to stay current in supporting this vision, and in keeping time with a rapidly more connected world.

 

With major advancements in the programs and services the Technology Council offers, over 100 First Nations communities have received digital skills development training locally and have given important input into the future of Technology Council programs and services. We have worked rigorously to support communities in better utilizing technology and in planning for the deployment of technologies in the most cost effective and sustainable way.

 

The First Nations Technology Council is pleased to release the First Nations Knowledge Network, a platform that demonstrates the power of technology in connecting our communities to build capacity and share tools, resources, and materials in one secure online space.

 

In the past year the Technology Council has designed and implemented a social enterprise business model that supports the organization in achieving greater sustainability through a diversified revenue generation model that no longer relies on government funding. Continued support from communities and partners will be a critical aspect of the Technology Council’s ability to roll-out increasingly more comprehensive and effective programs. We would like to thank all of the communities that have worked with us and have shown their support for our organization. We would also like to thank our Board of Directors and First Nations leadership for continuing to support the work that we do.

Board of Directors'  Report

Tyrone

On behalf of the First Nations Technology Council Board of Directors, I am pleased to present the 2014/15 Annual Report. The First Nations Technology Council has made fantastic progress in the past year to ensure First Nations communities continue to benefit from the strategic utilization of digital technologies. In alignment with the original mandates from 2002, the Technology Council has done significant work in the development of a comprehensive provincial approach to the integration of technologies in First Nations communities.

 

In the past year the Technology Council has encountered a number of challenges, particularly in reference to funding. We continue to work with the First Nations Leadership Council and the provincial and federal governments to advocate for greater recognition of the critical role technology plays in the advancement of self-determining First Nations. First Nations communities continue to demand technology support, services and programs and the Technology Council is continuing to drive forward in building a provincial service organization that supports the unique needs of each First Nations community.

 

The Board of Directors would like to encourage all First Nations communities to become a member of the First Nations in BC Knowledge Network at www.fnbc.info. The Knowledge Network is a great resource for communities to share resources, news, events and job postings. The Knowledge Network also has a powerful social media presence, so please join in and stay up to date with all the exciting work happening in the province in technology and at the First Nations Technology Council.

Technology Council Board

Bill Cranmer

Charlie Clappis

Coreen Child

Finance Committee - ʼNa̱mǥis First Nation

Secretary - Huu-ay-aht First Nation

Treasurer - Kwakiutl Nation

Judy Wilson

Tyrone McNeil

Jesse Nicholas

Board Executive Vice President - Neskonlith Indian Band

Board Committee President - Stó:lō Nation

Finance Committee - Ktunaxa Nation

A Year in Review

from the First Nations Technology Council. Due to a lack of financial support from both the All Nations Trust Company and Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada in the final months of the prior fiscal year, the First Nations Technology Council was forced to swiftly downsize and scale back services.

The Technology Council is now a lean organization that is highly effective at delivering excellent services at minimal cost. Processes have been streamlined and tools refined, with the goal of supporting strategic organizational development to increase the value the Technology Council provides to First Nations communities.

New opportunities are a direct result of the Technology Council’s ability to recognize required change and adjust quickly to meet the needs of communities, while aligning with provincial and national opportunities.

REGISTERED

The Technology Council continues to be guided by the four founding mandates from 2002. Over the past 13 years there have been major changes in the way the world uses digital technologies and the way we understand them as a benefit to First Nations communities. In line with these changes and advancements in technology, the Technology Council has undergone significant change to ensure continued value to First Nations communities through the mandated objectives.

MANDATES

Digital Skills

Capacity Development

Connectivity

Technical Services & Support

Information

Management

 

It is important to note that although the Technology Council has mandates in connectivity, capacity development, information management, and technical services and support, funding for these activities resides within other organizations in some cases. With this in mind, the Technology Council has committed to supporting First Nations communities and organizations in the province to navigate and plan for higher-speed connectivity, the implementation of more digital technologies, and the sustainability of these systems.

 

In the last year, the Technology Council has tested feasibility, built a business plan and put the infrastructure in place to support communities in accessing resources, tools, courses, certifications and networks that will support the implementation of technology during this time of significant change and opportunity in the province of British Columbia.

CONNECTIVITY

Increase the number of First Nations communities accessing high or higher-speed connectivity.

Although the Technology Council is not resourced to provide communities with connectivity services, we support the navigation of accessing/improving connectivity in First Nations communities.

TOPIC SPOTLIGHT

A new Topic Spotlight has been launched on the First Nations in BC Knowledge Network that focuses on connectivity options for First Nations communities and organizations. Developed in 2014/15, it will continue to build resources and value as individuals, businesses and governments interact with it.

In 2015/16, the Technology Council will be visiting a location near you to determine how we can build this resource in a way that best meets your needs. Please let us know if you would like an early invitation to attend.

TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL FOCUS:

SUPPORT THE NAVIGATION OF CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS

Topics Include

Connectivity Terms & Concepts

Connectivity Technology Explained

Connectivity Technology Options

Connectivity & Internet Service Providers

The Technology Council continues to participate on the

Pathways to Technology Steering Committee

Where we advocate provincially and nationally for the resourcing of high-speed connectivity, improved collaboration between stakeholders and funders, and the overall building of capacity in communities to make informed decisions on connectivity.

TECHNICAL SERVICES AND SUPPORT

Increase access to technical services and supports that are sustainable and reliable.

The Technology Council has continued to offer low-cost and highly effective technical and support services to First Nations communities, organizations, businesses and private enterprises this year. As a key component of the

Community Technology Planning

process, the Technology Council has provided:

6 Community Technology Plans with Network Assessments

11 Training Sessions on Network Security & Best Practices

$20,608 in Hardware & Software Purchasing For Clients

56 HOURS

56 hours of In-Community Mentorship on IT Administration

292 Hours in Tier 1 & 2 Support

17

New Clients in 2014/15:

11 First Nations Communities

4 First Nations Organizations

2 Businesses/Private Enterprises

FNTC-Project Raven

Digital Skills Capacity Development

Create opportunities for digital skills development that support First Nations individuals and communities in benefiting fully from technology.

Technology Sector Training, Certification and Employment

Demand for digital skills upgrading and certification is increasing exponentially, which is in line with a growing knowledge-based economy and highly competitive technology sector.

The Technology Council has had another year of considerable growth keeping up with the demand for comprehensive, in-community programs and courses in First Nations communities and organizations.

The First Nations Technology Council is dedicated to building on the successes of 2014/15. This includes continuing to offer valuable digital skills development opportunities that will facilitate more First Nations involvement and influence in the technology sector, and will ensure individuals are well equipped to be competitive in the over 70% of jobs that require skill and ability with technology.

70%

Digital Skills Development Initiatives 2014/15

The Technology Council would like to thank our partners, who helped make this project a success! We continue to seek support to ensure that projects like this continue and that the momentum built so far in digital skills development is not lost.

March 31, 2015

marked the official wrap-up of Project Raven, a digital skills development program that supported

2,269 unemployed and under-employed individuals to upgrade skills and secure meaningful employment.

PROJECT RAVEN FACTS AND FIGURES

Investment

$3.4 million in funding contributed by Employment & Social Development Canada

$4.5 million of in-kind funding and support contributed to ensure province-wide success in developing digital skills and capacity in communities

2,269 Aboriginal adults completed digital skills development courses

233 individual courses delivered throughout BC, ranging in duration from 1 day to 160 days

Outcomes

90% of participants lived within 160 km of training

80% of participants lived within 35 km of training location (community to community)

70% of participants lived in the same community where training occurred

633 Aboriginal adults employed after training

22,150 student days of technology training delivered

Employment Outcomes

70%

80%

90%

148 new partnerships developed with communities, organizations and industry

Partnerships

STUDENT PROGRESSION

153

Students took training beyond the basic Introduction to Technology course. Of these students,

55

completed

MICROS

Point of Sale

67

completed Microsoft Courses (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

11

completed Business Technology programs

20

moved on to take

GIS/GPS

18

completed

IC3

7

completed

STRATA

4

moved on

to get their

A+ Certification

DIGITAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSES AND PROGRAMS

STUDENT PROGRESSION

The Technology Council had the pleasure of being invited to 12 communities in 2014/15 to offer digital skills development courses and certifications

(in addition to the 62 communities visited through Project Raven in 2014/15)

Totaling 102 communities that the Technology Council has visited and provided customized, local training.

Participants in these programs included:

Chief

& Council

Administration

Project

Managers

GIS/GPS Technicians

Youth

As a social enterprise, The Technology Council has developed a low-cost and highly effective solution for all communities and organizations to access digital skills upgrading and certification. In 2014/15, there was an increased number of requests for this training. The Technology Council continues to advocate for funding and support for targeted funds for capacity building in technology to reduce costs and expand services.

A new partnership with Lighthouse Labs led to new opportunities for Aboriginal youth to participate in a Coding Camp and be introduced to new technology sector networks.

Digital Skills Development Courses Offered in 2014/15

 

Access the WAN

Introduction to GIS & GPS

Administering Windows Server 2012

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012

Configuring Windows 7

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

LAN Switching and Wireless

Network Fundamentals

Networking for Home and Small Businesses

PC Technician: Equipment Hardware and Networking

PC Technician: Software and Troubleshooting

Routing Protocols and Concepts

Small-to-Medium Business or ISP

Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

The successful HTML 500 event, held in Vancouver, BC, included 20 participants from the Technology Council’s Digital Skills Development Program alumni. This ongoing collaboration will continue to offer exciting new pathways for Aboriginal youth to navigate new career opportunities in new markets.

 

Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3)

Introduction to Technology (ITT)

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Excel

Microsoft Office Outlook

Microsoft Office PowerPoint

Microsoft Office Word

Strata IT Fundamentals

Technology Basics

 

How May I Serve? and Micros

iBook Author Creation

Mac Tutorial

Social Media, Blogging & Online Security

Video Conferencing 101

Interest Based Learning

Advanced ICT Skills Learning

Thank You, Capacity-Building Partners and Supporters of 2014/15!

FIRST NATIONS KNOWLEDGE NETWORK

Key Goals and Objectives

Help communities to share knowledge, tools, resources and networks in an online community

Gather content and information of high importance to communities

Improve platform user-interface, user-experience and overall usability

ACHIEVED IN 2014/15

Readers

57% bounce rate

2113 new profiles developed

215,241 unique page views

Communications

5,319 total Twitter followers reached

1,026 new Twitter followers

1,289 Twitter followers with high clout

503 new Facebook likes

New Content Development

29 new content items posted (tools, resources, materials etc.)

243 new First Nations-specific events posted

Partnership

Development

29 new partners and clients recruited

43 partnership development meetings held

TOPIC SPOTLIGHTS

A new feature called “Topic Spotlights” has been designed to explore complex topics that readers have been looking for more information on. The goal of the Topic Spotlight is to provide readers with comprehensive and unbiased information. In 2014/15, three topics were selected.

2014/15 Topic Spotlights:

Internet Connectivity

Integrated Information Management

Energy-Related Projects

The Topic Spotlight feature will be tested with focus groups and during community engagement sessions held in 2015/16. Further development of the feature will take place as feedback is received.

The Technology Council will be holding regional community engagement sessions to gather feedback on how to improve the FNBC resource and community. There will be time to explore new content ideas, features and functions, and to discuss how this resource will be further developed to ensure its continued value for its readers.

Community

Engagement Sessions

In 2015/16, the Technology Council will be visiting a location near you to determine how we can build this resource in a way that best meets your needs. Please let us know if you would like an early invitation to attend.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Support the development and distribution of appropriate IM programs that meet a unique set of needs specific to First Nations communities.

The Technology Council continues to support communities in learning about and evaluating products and services related to integrated information management. A new Topic Spotlight has been launched on the First Nations in BC Knowledge Network that focuses on integrated information management options for First Nations communities and organizations. Developed in 2014/15, it will continue to build resources and value as individuals, businesses and governments interact with it.

Technology Council Focus:

Support Greater Understanding and Evaluation of Integrated Information Management Products and Services

INFORMATION

INTEGRATED

MANAGEMENT

In 2015/16, the Technology Council will be visiting a location near you to determine how we can build this resource in a way that best meets your needs. Please let us know if you would like an early invitation to attend.

Why Information Management is Important

How to Prepare and Choose an IM Software Solution

The Technology Council supported a number of communities in purchasing, installing and becoming trained on using new IM systems in 2014/15:

 

18 communities found an IM solution through the Technology Council

15 training sessions were held on IM solutions

IM Software Comparison Chart

IM Service Provider Contact List

The Technology Council continued to offer the Stewardship Information Management System (SIMS) as a tool to manage land and resource information, and to process Referrals for First Nation communities. This Information Management System has been primarily utilized as a training tool and is provided at no cost to communities.

Stewardship Information Management System (SIMS)

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

INCOME STATEMENT

REVENUE

2015

2014

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada Core Funding

British Columbia Capacity Initative

Active Measures

All Nations Trust Company

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

New Relationship Trust

Western Economic Diversification

Own Source Revenue

Transfer from Deferred Revenue

Transfer to Deferred Revenue

0

0

0

34,125

1,639,400

250,000

92,000

202,248

72,496

-126,414

0

200,000

200,000

50

466,010

125,000

0

233,550

1,290,694

-79,996

1,639,400

2015

2014

$2163855
$2435308

34,125

0

0

0

0

50

0

250,000

92,000

202,248

72,496

-126,414

200,000

200,000

466,010

125,000

233,550

1,290,996

-79,996

EXPENDITURES

2015

2014

$2404154
$2170164

2015

2014

Administration/Operations

Advertising

Bank Charges and Interest

Computer Supplies

Professional and Consulting Fees

Amortization

Indirect Activities

IT Support

Engagement Sessions

Repairs and Maintenance

Royalties

Training and Professional Development

Travel

Capacity Development Tuition and Training

Wages and Benefits

90,236

2,524

2,466

25,479

320,906

61,568

0

61,530

113,696

0

0

0

26,554

1,284,754

180,451

180,875

1,470

1,994

64,785

414,447

56,479

48,563

0

109,423

131

30,000

127,191

62,639

732,973

573,178

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Community Technology Planning

The Technology Council will launch a new business plan in 2015/16, with a focus on the strategies and operational management that will drive the organization toward self-sustainability as a social enterprise. With an energized approach to social, environmental and sustainable business development, the Technology Council is looking forward to continuing to deliver the programs and services that First Nations communities of BC have asked us to provide.

An important lesson the Technology

Council has learned over the years is

that achieving sustainable technical

capacity requires a plan that is well defined, supported and implemented. Specifically, this means taking the time to think about how technology will advance community goals in areas such as education, health and economic development. From these ideas, an achievable plan that organizes all of the required resources, sustainability plans and capacity-building plans must be put together to ensure success.

Long-term capacity-building in technology requires more than attendance at a few courses; it requires a comprehensive approach and adequate resourcing. The Technology Council hopes to support communities at any level of connectivity, technological integration or capacity level to determine next steps in accessing technology, utilizing technology and finding value.

In 2015/16, the Technology Council will put forward to potential funders our Community Technology Planning initiative.

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