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Technology in Rural BC Communities
From 2006, the Skidegate Band has been following the FNSDS stratagies to develop a province wide data base system. We have made inquiries and at times recieved less than informative answers regarding our concern for the bands who have already invested substancial administrative funds into systems that the First Nations Technology Council were, at that time, not even considering.
However, by the latter part of 2007 we understood FNTC's 'collaborative' approach was designed not to limit bands such as ours, to one specific and seemingly predetermined choice thereby allowing us through Active Measures to build on our current systems. This is NOT the case, we have not been successful in securing any Active Measures funds to do this, in fact, only the client short courses portion of our overall 2010 project was funded, our case management and skills matching software that builds on our current AIS system was not. We also see that there is a very substancial amount of funds invested in training programs and software to the one system that has been highlighted throughout the whole process.
We have attempted throughout the entire initiative to voice our concerns through letters, emails and at forums. Although the FNTC managed to get endorsed through summit resolutions in 2006...it was endorced with the understanding that they work with ALL BC First Nations.
Has there been a purchase of a specific system? If so, which one is it? Who is the owner, who was it purchased from? Will all the rural bands be compensated for their training & investments in their current systems? Who were the initial 10 pilot bands that would be piloting a database or did that happen? If so, did they get their systems paid for? Was there ever a public report completed on the research outcomes by FNSDS/FNTC on a province wide database system?