Funding will provide significant network upgrades for the Gwich'in
YELLOWKNIFE, Feb. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the
Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council
Minister Aglukkaq today announced funding to help the Gwich'in Tribal
Council (GTC) upgrade and standardize its Information Technology (IT)
environment, building a reliable network that will span four
communities in the Gwich'in Settlement Area: Inuvik, Fort McPherson,
Tsiigehtchic and Aklavik.
These efforts will improve communications within the GTC and the
aforementioned communities. It will increase the speed and scope of
document sharing and enhance connectivity between community government
offices by enabling video conferencing and improved data sharing
methods. The upgraded IT network will also offer community members the
benefit of enhanced access to education, job search and career
development opportunities, as well as health and wellness programs.
CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic
economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its Northern
mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management
Office and by undertaking policy and research.
This project will create jobs locally through hiring suppliers,
technicians and contractors located in the North.
The Government of Canada recognizes the important role high-speed
broadband connectivity can play in fostering and supporting economic
development and sustainable communities in Canada's North.
Enhanced communications between remote northern communities and the rest
of the world has the potential to increase business opportunities,
improve the delivery of community services, boost public safety, and
ensure that Northerners have the opportunity to communicate in ways
available elsewhere in Canada.
"Our Government is proud to invest in projects that improve access and
reliability of connectivity in communities, which is essential to the
long-term economic growth and prosperity of Canada's North."
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council
"The Gwich'in Tribal Council would like to thank CanNor for its support
and assistance, which will help the GTC and the communities better
serve our people and for our people to take advantage of services, such
as online educational programs, that were not there before."
Robert A. Alexie
Gwich'in Tribal Council
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Communications Advisor, NWT Region
Gwich'in Tribal Council
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca