CIRA Grant Recipient

CIRA Grant Recipient

Canadian Internet Registration Authority announces its 2019 Community Development Grant Recipients Mamawapowin Technology Society is excited to be one of 21 recipients of CIRA's Community Development Program grants. READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON CIRA NEWS SITE  

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Building Mamawapowin: Interview with Bruce Buffalo

Building Mamawapowin: Interview with Bruce Buffalo

Bruce Buffalo lives in a small, Indigenous community in Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada where, until recently, there was no WiFi. Bruce knew that without Internet connectivity, he and his neighbors would be cut off from vital educational, employment, and health resources...

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Maskwacis Man Making Internet Accessible

Maskwacis Man Making Internet Accessible

Bruce Buffalo said he can’t put food on the tables of people in Maskwacis but he can eliminate the decision on whether to buy food or Internet access.  Two years ago, Buffalo – a member of the Samson Cree Nation — set up a Wi-Fi hot spot in the community and has been...

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Tushar Sharma on Building Mamawapowin

Tushar Sharma on Building Mamawapowin

Whether he’s working with a semiconductor company to improve transistor efficiency, launching a telescope-building project in Siksika or helping bring free Wi-Fi to the Maskwacis reserve, the through line in Tushar Sharma’s impressive list of accomplishments is a...

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Maskwacis Fibre — Bridging The Digital Divide

Maskwacis Fibre — Bridging The Digital Divide

Bruce Buffalo, founder of Mamawapowin Technology Society, is a man who grew up bouncing around foster homes and struggling to make ends meet.  He originally started with Maskwacis Fibre, which has now grown into the registered not-for-profit called Mamawapowin.  Today...

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Using the Internet as an Act of Reconciliation

Using the Internet as an Act of Reconciliation

Mark Buell writes that Internet access is still characterized by high costs, low speeds, data caps, and poor or non-existent service.  Many rural and remote areas across Canada, such as the Nunavut capital of Iqaluit, pictured, are cut off from the world due to these...

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Building Community WiFi in Maskwacis, Alberta

Building Community WiFi in Maskwacis, Alberta

Members of Maskwacis First Nation in Alberta can now access free community WiFi, thanks to the efforts of local tech entrepreneur Bruce Buffalo. Bruce has developed a system that offers four free access points in his community. Community members can connect to the...

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Alberta Man Brings Affordable WiFi to Maskwacis Reserve

Alberta Man Brings Affordable WiFi to Maskwacis Reserve

Bruce Buffalo built two rooftop internet hotspots so the residents of his small rural Alberta town can afford to stay connected.  "I just figured it would be useful to create a hotspot so people could use their phones," the Maskwacis, Alberta resident said in an...

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