Coastal First Nations (CFN) and Rogers announced a partnership on Wednesday, to expand wireless coverage throughout Haida Gwaii.
Rogers will build five new cell towers, set to expand service coverage to over 100 kms along Highway 16 from Masset through Port Clements to Queen Charlotte, in Haida Gwaii off the coast of British Columbia.
“This partnership is the beginning of a meaningful collaboration between Coastal First Nations and Rogers to create a strong foundation for future generations,” said Christine Smith-Martin, Executive Director, CFN, in an issued statement. “The Coastal First Nations board is excited to partner with Rogers as we move forward with our digital strategy and action planning.”
The new partnership will also include “academic research projects, the creation and growth of Indigenous led internet service providers and digital platforms for Indigenous entrepreneurs to succeed,” with details to be announced in 2022.
“We are incredibly honoured to build a true partnership with Coastal First Nations that will improve connectivity across Haida Gwaii and Highway 16, support environmental stewardship and help build a strong, vibrant conservation-based economy,” said Joe Natale, President and CEO, Rogers Communications, in an issued statement.
The Rogers video below shows Natale meeting with Coastal First Nations:
“We’re deeply committed to Canada’s Indigenous communities and with partners like Coastal First Nations, look forward to making a meaningful difference through our $1 billion Rural, Remote and Indigenous Connectivity Fund when we come together with Shaw next year,” added Natale.