Smart Services


Explain how proposed Smart services build upon existing services provided through community networks and upon existing on-line government services.

The implementation of community networking has changed the way that Kuh-ke-nah communities think about information access. First Nations SchoolNet and Community Access Program sites have introduced a means for citizens in these remote First Nations to gain easy and timely access to information. E-mail has facilitated new dialogues among colleagues (Band Administrators, federal and provincial staff), service providers (nurses, family and social services staff, teachers), and citizens (youth, elders, the disabled).

Local web access has opened a window to strategic information resources that focus on First Nation concerns: economic development databases (Strategis Aboriginal Business Canada), policy archives (the Final Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples ), and international initiatives (UNESCO's Best Practices in Indigenous Knowledge). Access to the internet has also animated intensive interest in web design. Aboriginal web developers have created interactive cultural repositories such as the Iyash Legends Site and community service profiles .

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