Christine Smith-Martin, CEO, Coastal First Nations –
“High-speed Internet is an essential part of our digital world, and workers and businesses need it to compete and thrive in today’s economy. Improving connectivity on Haida Gwaii and the north and central coasts of British Columbia will bring transformational change to our communities and a range of new opportunities for education, employment and the economy. This will allow us to showcase Indigenous technology and stewardship innovation to the world.
Jennifer Rice, MP for North Coast and British Columbia Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness –
“This is an important milestone for Haida Gwaii. Although known to be one of the most isolated places in British Columbia, high-speed internet will reduce the strain of that isolation and allow residents of Haida Gwaii to fully participate in today’s digital world. today. This opens up a world of opportunities and provides access to essential security services. This project would not have been possible without the leadership of First Nations and federal and local governments. Hawa’a to everyone involved – your hard work has paid off.
Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development –
“COVID-19 has demonstrated, like never before, the critical importance of connectivity to community economic vibrancy and personal well-being, especially for us British Columbians in rural and remote communities. Access to fast, reliable internet will allow Haida Gwaii residents and businesses to connect to boost their economy, connect with extended family, access health and education services, and build a better future for their community and province.
Stefan Woloszyn, CEO of CityWest –
“Laying the submarine cable from Bonilla Island to Tlell is another important milestone for Connected Coast. We worked with the Council of the Haida Nation, the Skidegate Band Council and the Old Massett Band Council to develop connectivity with each of their communities. As a social enterprise, we are excited about our future together and are grateful to the province and federal government for their support. This project will continue to build momentum throughout 2022, paving the way for a summer of major cable laying along the BC coast. The establishment of this fiber optic backbone infrastructure across the Hecate Strait is another step towards better connectivity for all of British Columbia.
Brad Unger, Strathcona Regional District Chair –
“Connecting to Haida Gwaii is an important milestone for the Connected Coast network. We are excited about the construction progress and hope that these remote coastal communities will have the same digital opportunities as urban centers. High-speed Internet will help reinvent our small rural communities and improve our ability to participate in education, e-commerce and health programs.