The Nunavut Broadband Task Force was created by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Sustainable Development in February 2001. The Task Force produced a series of recommendations to guide broadband development in Nunavut, and included members from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the Government of Nunavut.
The main objective of the Task Force was to provide advice and recommendations on broadband issues affecting Nunavut, and to assist in the preparation of reports and responses to the National Broadband Task Force, which had been established by the federal government in October 2000.
The Task Force met multiple times during 2001, led by Chairperson Ed McKenna of the Department of Sustainable Development, covering topics ranging from broadband’s potential for local empowerment, to impact on culture, economic opportunities, health and education. Members of the Task Force created 25 recommendations for the successful implementation of broadband in Nunavut.
The Task Force recommendations are included in the Final Report of the Task Force published in 2002, entitled Sivumuuqpallianiq, Moving Forward: strengthening our self-reliance in the information age. The report provided guidance for the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation and its resulting mandate.
The Department of Sustainable Development, Government of Nunavut, was a key funder of the Task Force.