Ground has been broken on a project that will deliver fibre optic high-speed internet to several northern Manitoba communities.
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (Nelson House), located about 75 kilometres northwest of Thompson, will be serviced by Clear Sky Connections once the network is up and running. St. Theresa Point First Nation and Fisher River Cree Nation will also eventually benefit from the connection.
“A lot of preparation, work and negotiations have taken place to get us here today. This breaking of ground is a tangible and symbolic step forward in the development of this much-anticipated network we are building together for our communities,” said Chief Marcel Moody of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
The project is a partnership between Broadband Communications North, Manitoba Hydro Telecom, and Crown Pipelines Ltd.
David McDougall, CSC chairperson and Chief of St. Theresa Point First Nation, says the network will lead the way for economic prosperity to connect the community to the global economy through telecommunications.
“The Manitoba Centre for Health Policy recently released findings that we long knew existed for our people and are continuing to worsen. Now we will be able to realize the benefits technology provides around increasing the standard of living and giving us equal access to health, education, business opportunities, and other socio-economic benefits,” he said.