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Opinion: Connected and engaged Indigenous communities are the key to unlocking Canada’s full potential – The Globe and Mail

Joe Alphonse is the Tribal Chair of the Tŝilhqot’in National Government and the Chief of the Tl’etinqox Government.

Indigenous peoples have always thrived through connection: to our families and communities, to our ancestors and future generations, to our lands and waters, to our relations in the animal and spirit worlds, and to our trading partners and allies across this continent and beyond. We are driven by connectivity in every aspect of our lives and cultures.

Yet even as the vast majority of Canadians leap into a future of lightning-fast hyper-connectivity, just 34.8 per cent of households on First Nations reserves across Canada have access to the minimum service levels set by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

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