Connected Communities on Haida Gwaii

First Nations leaders in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii are working together to harness the power of digital to benefit the well-being of their communities. Photo courtesy Connected Communities BC.

What does a connected community look like in BC? How can connectivity enhance community well-being and transform local economies?

A new video series from Connected Communities BC, a department of BC’s Ministry of Citizen’s Services, explores place-based and identity-rich stories showcasing how connectivity can and is changing the way communities operate.

Indigenous coastal communities in BC are charting their own futures by leveraging connectivity and digital technologies to create prosperous futures through a conservation-based economy. With an awe-inspiring global leadership vision, First Nations stewardship leaders from BC’s north and central coast and Haida Gwaii are working together to harness the power of digital to enhance integrated planning initiatives, unleash innovative education networks, and strengthen world-renowned Nation-based Guardian Watchmen programs.

We’re really starting to build this tech to use in the future as we go forward because we see the benefit of it.

The first video in the series features the people and communities of Haida Gwaii. The Nation is using connected technology in a variety of ways, from its Guardian patrols, to its governments, to building a language app to protect the Haida language.

“We’re really starting to build this tech to use in the future as we go forward because we see the benefit of it,” says Laadaa Colin Richardson, Stewardship Director for the Council of the Haida Nation.