Publications about ICT and Aboriginal communities in Canada

Update: 16 April, 2006

This bibliography is in development. Please send additions and corrections to:

Publications listed here:

  • include academic and popular publications and reports
  • discuss Aboriginal and ICT issues
  • are based on research or analysis in Canada
  • have been published or are available from the author

Published from 2005

Bale, D., Brooks, P., Grummett, J., & Tymchak, M. (2005). Research on First Nations E-Learning in Western Canada. Regina: University of Regina and First Nations SchoolNet RMO responsible for Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Community Action Based Development. (2005). Aboriginal Canadians & Web-4-All. Ottawa: Report prepared for Industry Canada.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute. (2005, Draft report March 28). C-Band Public Benefit, Keewaytinook Okimakanak: A Case Study. Thunder Bay: KORI.

KTA Aboriginal Practice Group. (2005). Aboriginal Culture in the Digital Age: Aboriginal Voice Cultural Working Group Paper. Toronto: KTA - Kaufman, Thomas & Associates.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak. (2005). Position Paper: Turning the Corner with First Nations Telehealth, Prepared by John Rowlandson & Associates. Thunder Bay: KO Telehealth.

Kenny, C., Walmark, B., & O'Donnell, S. (2005). Report From the Field: The RICTA Meeting Video. Journal of Community Informatics, 1(3), 2 pages plus hyperlink to video.

Muttitt, S., Vigneault, R., & Loewen, L. (2004). Integrating Telehealth into Aboriginal Healthcare: The Canadian Experience. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 63(4), 401-414.

Perley, S., & O'Donnell, S. (2005, August 22-27). Engaging New Brunswick First Nations in Research. Paper presented at the Community Informatics Research Network 2005 Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.)

Poitras Pratt, Y. (2006). All My Online Relations: Aboriginal Community Participation In Planning For Alberta SuperNet Broadband Technology. MA, University of Calgary, Calgary.
Yvonne's MA thesis can be downloaded by clicking here.

Ramirez, R., & Richardson, D. (2005). Measuring the impact of telecommunication services on rural and remote communities. Telecommunications Policy, 29, 297-319.

RICTA. (2005). Report of the First RICTA Meeting: Research on ICT with Aboriginal Communities. Balmertown, Ontario plus 11 other locations via videoconference and BREEZE chat on the Web: Available on

Roth, L. (2005). Something New in the Air: The Story of First Peoples Television Broadcasting in Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Scott, T. (2005, June 27-July2). Community Perceptions of Student Multimedia Technology Projects in a Remote First Nations Village. Paper presented at the ED-MEDIA 2005: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, Montreal.

Walmark, B., O'Donnell, S., & Beaton, B. (2005). Research on ICT with Aboriginal Communities: Report from RICTA 2005. Paper presented at the Community Informatics Research Network 2005 Conference, Cape Town, South Africa.

Published from 2000 to 2004

Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., Ramirez, R., & Richardson, D. (2004). Harnessing ICTs: A Canadian First Nations Experience. K-Net case study on education. Ottawa: IDRC/ICA.

Aboriginal Information Communication Technology Forum. (2004). Aboriginal Information Communication Technology Forum. December 8 to 10, 2003. Edmonton, Alberta. Final Report. March.

Alexander, C. J. (2000). Wiring the Nation! Including First Nations? Aboriginal Canadians and Federal e-Government Initiatives. Journal of Canadian Studies, 35 (4)(Winter), 277-296.

Assembly of First Nations. (2001). Executive summary to the government of Canada for the deployment of broadband services to First Nations communities. Ottawa: Assembly of First Nations.

Baltruschat, D. (2004). Television and Canada's Aboriginal Communities: Seeking opportunities through traditional storytelling and digital technologies. Canadian Journal of Communications, 29(1), 47-?

Beaton, B. (2004). The K-Net Story: Community ICT Development Work. Journal of Community Informatics, 1(1).

Beaton, B., Fiddler, J., & Rowlandson, J. (2004). Living smart in two worlds: Maintaining and protecting First Nation culture for future generations. In M. Moll & L. R. Shade (Eds.), Seeking convergence in policy and practice: Communications in the public interest (Volume 2) (pp. 283-297). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Bhandari, A. (2004). Diversity Driven: A new initiative has IBM reaching out to Canada's aboriginal community. Is it PR? Tokenism? Or market forces and the tide of history? Toronto Star, November 10, page ??

Care, W. D. (2001). Humanizing the interactive video conference experience for Aboriginal students. In J. A. Chambers (Ed.), Selected Papers from the 12th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning (pp. 35-42). Jacksonville FL: Florida Community College at Jacksonville.

Care, W. D. (2003). The learning experiences of First Nation nursing students in a distance education environment. In J. Oakes, R. Riewe, A. Edmunds, A. Dubois & K. Wilde (Eds.), Native Voices in Research (pp. 82-93). Winnipeg: University of Manitoba: Aboriginal Issues Press.

Care, W. D., & Hart-Wasekeesikaw, F. (2000). Offering undergraduate nursing education by distance delivery to Northern communities. In J. Oaks, R. Riewe, S. Koolage, L. Simpson & N. Shuster (Eds.), Aboriginal Health, Identity and Resources (pp. 45-56). Winnipeg: University of Manitoba.

Connecting Aboriginal Canadians Forum. (2003). 2nd Annual National Connecting Aboriginal Canadians Forum. March 24 to 26, 2003. Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Final Report. Ottawa: Aboriginal Canada Portal Working Group.

Downing, R. (2002). Bridging Aboriginal digital and learning divides: Report on Office of Learning Technologies support to Aboriginal Communities. Ottawa: Government of Canada. HRSDC, Office of Learning Technologies.

Elias, B., O'Neil, J., & Sanderson, D. (2004). The politics of trust and participation: A case study in developing First nations and university capacity to build health information systems in a First Nations context. Journal of Aboriginal Health (electronic edition), 1, 68-78.

Ferreira, G., Ramirez, R., & Walmark, B. (2004, 18 September). Connectivity in Canada's Far North: Participatory Evaluation in Ontario's Aboriginal Communities. Paper presented at the Association of Internet Researchers, Pre-conference workshop - Measuring the Information Society: What, How, for Whom and What?, Brighton, UK.

Ferreira, G., Walmark, B., Kenny, C., & Ramirez, R. (2004, 5-6 October). Experience in participatory video in northern Ontario. Paper presented at the Celebrating Communication for Social and Environmental Change: An Anniversary Symposium, University of Guelph.

Fiser, A. (2004). A History of Policy Change - Backgrounder on the First Nations SchoolNet RMO Transition. Working Paper Draft 2.0 for Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute. Toronto: University of Toronto, Faculty of Information Studies.

Garrick, R. (2004). Changes Internet technology has brought to Northern Ontario. Indian Life, 24(5)(March/April), 7-11

Garrick, R. (2004). ICT Stories from the Little North - the Kuhkenah Pages from Wawatay News. Wawatay News.

Gerofsky, L. (2002, February 15). Natives will be left in the past. Capital News Online.

Gouliquer, D. (2000). Aboriginal Web directory growing. Northern Ontario Business, 21(2), 19.

Gouliquer, D. (2001). Aboriginal community project first in Canada. Northern Ontario Business(March), 6.

Greenall, D., & Loizides, S. (2001). Aboriginal digital opportunities: Addressing Aboriginal learning needs through the use of learning technologies. Ottawa: Conference Board of Canada.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. (2004). 2003 Report on Aboriginal Community Connectivity Infrastructure. Ottawa: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. (2002). Report on Aboriginal Community Connectivity Infrastructure. Ottawa: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Iseke-Barnes, J. M. (2002). Aboriginal and Indigenous People's Resistance, the Internet, and Education. Race Ethnicity and Education, 5(2), 171-198.

Jock, R., Simon, M., Fox, G., & Nickerson, M. (2004). Finding an Aboriginal Digital Voice. Policy, Politics and Governance, 7(July).

Malatest R.A. & Associates. (2004). Aboriginal peoples and post-secondary education: What educators have learned. Montreal: Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

Molnar, H., & Meadows, M. (2001). Songlines to Satellites: Indigenous communication in Australia, the South Pacific and Canada. Annandale: Pluto Press Australia.

McNaughton, C., & Rock, D. (2003). Opportunities in Aboriginal Research: Results of SSHRC's Dialogue on Research and Aboriginal Peoples. Ottawa: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Pannekoek, R. F. (2002). Cyber impérialisme et marginalisation des Autochtones au Canada. In J.-P. Baillargeon (Ed.), Transmission de la culture, petites societés, mondialisation (pp. 85-104). Quebec: Les Presses de l'université Laval.

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., & Richardson, D. (2004). Harnessing ICTs: A Canadian First nations Experience. Introduction to K-Net. Ottawa: IDRC/ICA.

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., & Richardson, D. (2004). Harnessing ICTs: A Canadian First nations experience. K-Net case study on network development. Ottawa: IDRC/ICA.

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., & Richardson, D. (2004). Harnessing ICTs: A Canadian First nations experience. K-Net case study on health. Ottawa: IDRC/ICA.

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., & Richardson, D. (2004). Harnessing ICTs: A Canadian First nations experience. K-Net case study on economic development. Ottawa: IDRC/ICA.

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Jamieson, R., Ferreira, G., Richardson, D., & Fiddler, J. (2003). Harnessing ICTs: a Canadian First Nations Experience. Multi-media case study on K-Net. For the Institute for the Connectivity of the Americas and Industry Canada:

Ramirez, R., Aitkin, H., Kora, G., & Richardson, D. (2002, October 8). Community engagement, performance measurement and sustainability: Experiences from Canadian community based networks. Paper distributed at the Community Informatices/Community Networking Mini-Conference, Montreal.

Ramirez, R. (2001, November 15-17). Rural and remote ICTs: Lessons and challenges. Paper presented at the Digital Divide Symposium, Panel session on Policy Aspects of the Rural Digital Divide, Austin, Texas.

Ramirez, R. (2001). A model for rural and remote information and communication technologies. Telecommunications Policy, 25(5), 315-330.

Ramirez, R., & Richardson, D. (2000). PACTS for rural and remote Ontario: Research Report Year 1 and Case Studies. Partnerships, Accessibility, Connectivity Transformation Strategies. Guelph: School of Rural Extension Studies, University of Guelph.

Roth, L., & Ginsburg, F. (2003). Thinking Outside the Box: Indigenous Television in Australia and Canada. In T. Miller (Ed.), The Television Book. London: British Film Institute.

Roth, L. (2002). First Peoples' Television in Canada's North: A Case Study of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. In P. Attallah & L. Shade (Eds.), Mediascapes: New Patterns in Canadian Communication. Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning.

Treaty 7 Aboriginal ICT Forum. (2004). Information and Communications Technology for First Nations. Treaty 7 Aboriginal ICT Forum Session Summary. Calgary: Treaty 7 First Nations.

Yeoman, E. (2000). Aboriginal language-learning in cyberspace: a typology of language-related web sites and their potential uses. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 24(2), 120-133.

Published from 1990 to 1999

May, J. (1998). Information technology for indigenous peoples: The north American experience. In C. J. Alexander & L. Pal (Eds.), Digital democracy: Policy and politics in the wired age (pp. 220-237). Don Mills: Oxford Univerisity Press.

O'Donnell, S., & Delgado, G. (1995). Using the Internet to Strengthen the Indigenous Nations of the Americas. Media Development, 3, 36-38.

Roth, L. (1999). How Comfortably Does the Internet Sit on Canada's Tundra? reflections on Public Access to the Information Highway in the North. In L. D'Haenens (Ed.), Cyberidentities: Canadian and European Presence in Cyberspace (pp. 83-97). Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.

Roth, L. (1998). Television Broadcasting North of 60. In L. D'Haenens (Ed.), Images of Canadianness. Visions on Canada's Politics, Culture, Economics. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press - International Canadian Studies Series.

Roth, L. (1996). Northern Voices and Mediating Structures: First Peoples' Television Broadcasting North of 60. In H. Holmes & D. Taras (Eds.), Seeing Ourselves: Media Power and Policy in Canada. Second Edition (pp. 173-191). Toronto: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Canada.

Roth, L., Nelson, B., & David, M. (1995). Three Women, a Mouse, a Microphone, and a Telephone: Information (Mis)Management During the Mohawk/Canadian Governments' Conflice of 1990. In A. Valdivia (Ed.), Feminism, Multiculturalism, and the Media: Global Diversities (pp. 48-81). Philadelphia: Pennsylvania State University. Sage Publication.

Roth, L. (1995). Radio Mohawk et dialogues culturels: Réflexions sur l'émission 'The Party Line' de Radio-Kahnawake. In F. Sauvageau, P. Trudel & M.-H. Lavoie (Eds.), Les tribuns de la radio: Echos de la crise d'Oka (pp. 85-104). Québec: Institut québécois de recherche sur la culture.

Roth, L. (1995). (de)Romancing the North. Borderlines. Special Issue on Race, 36, 36-43.

Roth, L. (1993). Mohawk Airwaves and Cultural Challenges: Some Reflections on the Politics of Recognition and Cultural Appropriation After the Summer of 1990. Canadian Journal of Communications, 18(3 Summer), 315-331.

Roth, L. (1992). Media and the Commodification of Crisis. In M. Raboy & B. Dagenais (Eds.), Media, Crisis and Democracy: Mass Communication and the Disruption of Social Order. London: Sage.

Savard, J.-F. (1998). A Theoretical Debate on the Social and Political Implications of Internet Implementation for the Inuit of Nunavut. Wicazo Sa Review, 13(2), 83-97.

Published from 1980 to 1989

Hudson, H. (1984). When Telephones Reach the Village: The Role of Telecommunications in Rural Development. Norwood, New Jersey: Ablex.

Roth, L., & Valaskakis, G. (1989). Aboriginal Broadcasting in Canada: A Case Study in Democratization. In M. Raboy & P. A. Bruck (Eds.), Communication For and Against Democracy (pp. 221-234). Montreal: Black Rose Books.