MKO communities getting high speed Internet through proceeds of crime program

By Dave Baxter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The Manitoba government announced on Tuesday it will be funding access to reliable high-speed Internet for several First Nations communities. Justice Minister Kelvin Goertzen said the province is providing $100,000 from the Criminal Property Forfeiture Fund (CPF) to help eight northern Manitoba First Nations connect to high-speed Internet services through Starlink Technology. Goertzen said it is believed that improving access to high-speed Internet would provide benefits for residents in remote First Nations communities that could ultimately lead to better living conditions and reduce crime, including greater access to remote education and training programs, crisis counselling, victim’s services, and virtual court appearances. “We are using the latest satellite technology to bring efficiencies and accessibility to the justice system in northern Manitoba,” Goertzen said. The province…

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