The First Nations Technology Council (FNTC) and Royal Roads University have partnered to expand access to digital skills training for Indigenous innovators.
The program introduced by the partnership is called Foundations in Innovation and Technology (FiiT) and was developed by FNTC to allow Indigenous people the opportunity to explore careers within the province’s technoloy and innovation sector. Royal Roads’ Centre for Teaching and Education Technologies will provide the platform to deliver the programs beginning in fall 2018.
FiiT is the brainchild of FTNC executive director Denise Williams, who started the project four years ago, revised the model two years ago and just recently received funding for it.
There are currently six practical, project-based streams: web development and coding, GIS/GPS and mapping, social media, software testing, network technician, and MS Office professionals. For programs like web development the training is provided entirely through FiiT, and for other programs FiiT is the convener and students will be directed to partners and receive mentorship from indigenous-led organizations to help students move to the next academic or professional step, Williams said.