CityWest announced plans to provide Internet and phone connections to Metlakatla.

Metlakatla to receive high-speed internet

CityWest announced its expanded services to the First Nations community that will include fast Internet and reliable phone connections.

Metlakatla can now stream shows on Netflix just as fast as anyone else in Prince Rupert.

On June 16, CityWest announced its expanded services to the First Nations community that will include fast Internet and reliable phone connections.

“We’re happy to have CityWest here to give our members access to a great Internet experience,” said Harold Leighton, chief councillor of Metlakatla in the press release. “It will allow our community to grow in the years to come.”

CityWest worked with the All Nations Trust Company through their “Pathways to Technology” initiative, which is aimed to connect or improve high-speed Internet for remote First Nations communities in B.C.

“We partnered with CityWest because they’re a local company that understands what people in Northwest B.C. need, and one of those needs is fast Internet,” said Jamie Sterritt, community engagement officer with All Nations Trust Company.

Metlakatla now has the speedy fibre-to-home technology. “As a company based in the north, we know how much people here have come to rely on fast Internet services,” said Don Holkestad, CEO of CityWest. “We’re very proud to offer this experience to members of the Metlakatla community.”

Other First Nations communities that have connected with CityWest include Gitanmaax (Old Hazelton), Kispiox and Smithers.