TSAG Newsletter
January 2016
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IN THIS ISSUE

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

WATER POSTER & MULTIMEDIA CONTEST

MONTHLY SAFETY TIPS

TELEHEALTH SPEAKER SERIES SESSION

WELCOME AMAL HASSEN
 
COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORY
Welcome to the TSAG newsletter!

TSAG publishes a monthly e-newsletter to provide information about available technical services, notice of upcoming training courses, workshops and events, tips and information, community projects and success stories, and ways to get involved with TSAG. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

GIS Intermediate Level II Course

February 16-18, 2016
Edmonton, Alberta

Click here for more information

Asset Condition Reporting System Technical Sessions

March 8-9, 2016
Red Deer, Alberta

Click here for more information

Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Workshop

March 15-18, 2016
Edmonton, Alberta

Click here for more information

The Way Forward: Envisioning Treaty Rights in Modern Resource Management 

February 19-21, 2016
Camrose, Alberta

 
TSAG is proud to support the University of Alberta Augustana Campus in the delivery of their upcoming conference The Way Forward: Envisioning Treaty Rights in Modern Resource Management, which will be held February 19-21, 2016 in Camrose, Alberta.
Click here to register

NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

for professional artists, aspiring artists, cultural professionals, cultural carriers, groups and organizations!

 

Canada Council for the Arts

Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program: 

The Arts and Cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples

Click here for details

WATER POSTER & MULTIMEDIA CONTEST

for Alberta First Nation Youth


Submissions much demonstrate the theme:
YOUR COMMUNITY WATER LIFE CYCLE


 
DEADLINE FOR CONTEST ENTRIES:

FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Click here for details
Click here for entry form

MONTHLY SAFETY TIPS

Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults. At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. And with our numbers growing every year, in the United States and Canada, adults age 65 and older make up about 12 percent of the population. It is essential to take the necessary steps to stay safe!
Click here for How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan
Click here for the NFPA Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

Speaker Series Session

 

Aboriginal Perspective Pertaining to Water as a Healer

Date: Wednesday February 17, 2016

Time: 10 am - 11:30 am

Presenter: Francis Whiskeyjack 

 
Water plays an integral part in Aboriginal culture and ceremonial practices, especially in relation to healing. Join us as Francis Whiskeyjack helps us learn about water from the Aboriginal perspective. There will also be an opportunity for questions at the end so come with any questions you may have.
Click here for the First Nations Telehealth Portal

NEW Telehealth Project Officer: 

 

Welcome Amal Hassen!


What is your role at TSAG?
I am the Telehealth Project Officer. Prior to working at TSAG, I worked at Health Canada in the same role as the Acting Telehealth Program Officer. As the program started transitioning to TSAG, so did my position. 

In my role as Telehealth Project Officer I help arrange educational sessions/series that can be offered through videoconference. These educational sessions are delivered by our partners at Health Canada, Alberta Health Services and other local organizations. I also help with the compilation of statistics on Telehealth usage.

What do you enjoy most about your job at TSAG?
What I enjoy most about working at TSAG is the pace. Everything has the ability to move quickly from the initial inception of an idea to its execution. I also like that I have the ability to use and develop many new skills. I look forward to seeing what the future holds!

Great to have you on the team, Amal!

COMMUNITY SUCCESS STORY

Bigstone Cree Nation gets 30 times more bandwidth

Today, high speed networks and services are essential to education and service delivery in First Nation communities. Schools and administration offices, for example, rely on a secure, fast and reliable network to run online sessions and community programs.
 
Bigstone Cree Nation is 1 of 77 schools to which TSAG delivers high speed internet on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). “Since working with Bigstone Cree Nation,” TSAG reported, “our Help Desk has received a number of calls that the school cannot run some concurrent online sessions or the administration office cannot use videoconferencing, because there is not enough bandwidth.” 
Figure 1. Conceptual diagram of original network with separate connections to the network access point

Bigstone Cree Nation was one of many First Nation communities in Alberta that desperately needed network upgrades. Their network was designed in a way that each building had a separate connection to the network access point, which due to funding limitations, restricted the bandwidth to only 2-5 Mbps, a measure of how much data can be sent over a connection over time (see Figure 1). This caused real limitations for Bigstone Cree Nation’s school and administration office.

To resolve this issue, TSAG submitted a proposal to INAC to leverage funding to install what is called a ‘fiber ring’ (see Figure 2), which would allow multiple facilities in the community – the school, health centre and band administration office - to share a 100 Mbps connection resulting in faster speeds of up to 70 Mbps for each building! The proposal was accepted and Bigstone is the first community in the project to reach completion.  Construction is being completed by Arrow Technology Group (ATG).
 
 Staff and students are ecstatic...[and] administration is very happy that they are getting thirty times more bandwidth for the same cost!"
Figure 2.
Conceptual diagram of new network with fiber ring that allows multiple community buildings to share a connection
Now, Bigstone Cree Nation’s school and administration have thirty times more bandwidth! “The bandwidth couldn’t have come at a more opportune time,” ATG said. Since the upgrade, the school has added three portable classrooms to accommodate more students. “Staff and students are ecstatic...[and] administration is very happy that they are getting thirty times more bandwidth for the same cost. This pilot project clearly demonstrates the benefits of fiber rings,” said ATG. Following the success of this first phase TSAG and ATG will certainly be looking to expand the project to additional communities.

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TSAG Contact Information


CEO
Vaughn Paul, vaughnpaul@tsag.net
 
Office Manager
Sandra Doyle, sdoyle@tsag.net

Director of Operations
Amy Cairns, acairns@tsag.net

Asset Management
Winslow Davis, wdavis@tsag.net
 
Circuit Rider Training Program
John Nelson, jnelson@tsag.net
 
Environmental Management

Amanda Doyle, adoyle@tsag.net
 
Fire Protection
Leon Smallboy, lsmallboy@tsag.net
 
Information Technology Services
Don Ginther, donginther@tsag.net
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