Matawa First Nations Demand Full Support for Broadband Connectivity in Advance of Federal Budget 2016

THUNDER BAY, ON: Matawa First Nations today called for the commitment of the governments of Ontario and Canada to fully collaborate on providing funding for a project aimed at connecting 5 remote First Nations in Matawa to broadband. They are seeking $4.028 million to complete design, engineering and construction planning. They will be seeking additional capital for the construction phase which they hope to start this winter with the goal to have the first communities connected in the spring of 2017. The project has potential to be the only one if its kind in any First Nation in Canada as it replaces the copper method.