Access program receives funding

A Canadian initiative that supplies high tech tools to students at First Nation schools received a cash influx recently.

Rick Laliberte, a member of Parliament, said a total of $6.4 million will be spent on the First Nations SchoolNet Program over the next year in an effort to bring computers, Internet access, technical support and training to Aboriginal students in remote communities.

“By putting information and communication technologies into First Nations classrooms, we are giving Aboriginal students the opportunity to gain the skills they will need to participate in the growing knowledge-based economy,” Laliberte said.

The First Nations SchoolNet Program is a federal government initiative that was launched in 1996. Its goal is to connect all First Nations schools under federal jurisdiction to the Internet. Currently, First Nations SchoolNet has connected 80 per cent of all First Nations schools across Canada.