The First Mile Approach to Community Services in Fort Severn First Nation

  • Matthew Kakekaspan Fort Severn First Nation
  • Susan O'Donnell University of New Brunswick
  • Brian Beaton University of New Brunswick
  • Brian Walmark Keewaytinook Okimakanak
  • Kerri Gibson University of New Brunswick
Keywords: services, remote, satellite, First Nations, education, health, internet,


Abstract: Fort Severn Washaho Cree Nation is a small, remote northern community on the Severn River near Hudson Bay in Ontario. The community services delivered in Fort Severn are managed and controlled by the local leadership, working in collaboration with their regional tribal council Keewaytinook Okimakanak and other strategic partners. The First Mile is both an emerging policy approach and a framework that supports holistic and community-centred broadband development and use by First Nations. First Mile focuses on community management and control of local broadband infrastructure and services. The paper discusses how Fort Severn First Nation is putting First Mile concepts into action.

Author Biographies

Matthew Kakekaspan, Fort Severn First Nation
Former Chief of Fort Severn First Nation
Susan O'Donnell, University of New Brunswick
Researcher and Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology
Brian Beaton, University of New Brunswick
Graduate student, Faculty of Education
Brian Walmark, Keewaytinook Okimakanak
Research Director, Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute
Kerri Gibson, University of New Brunswick
PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology
How to Cite
Kakekaspan, M., O’Donnell, S., Beaton, B., Walmark, B., & Gibson, K. (2014). The First Mile Approach to Community Services in Fort Severn First Nation. The Journal of Community Informatics, 10(2). Retrieved from