First Nations seeking to cross digital divide (the Straight)

By Stephen Hui, from the Georgia Straight weekly newspaper.

Advocates say broadband access is as crucial to communities as safe roads and clean water.

Dustin Rivers isn’t shy about expressing his views on indigenous politics on-line. Earlier this year, the Skwxwú7mesh-Kwakwaka’wakw activist, artist, and writer used his blog to criticize the salaries of the Squamish Nation’s band council and call for term limits and a forensic audit of the band’s books.

Rivers, who turns 20 this week, told the Georgia Straight that the Internet has helped him disseminate information to Squamish Nation members living on- and off-reserve, and as far away as Vancouver Island and Washington state.

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