In a historic leap into the digital age, the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation proudly announced that every home in its community is now connected to SpaceX Starlink, marking a groundbreaking achievement for the indigenous community nestled in the Qu’Appelle Valley. This move establishes Muscowpetung as the first Indigenous community in Saskatchewan where every residence is linked to the world's fastest satellite internet constellation available to the public.
The unique topography of the Qu’Appelle Valley presented significant challenges due to “unique topography,” with 80% of homes situated at its base. Overcoming these hurdles, Starlink has effectively bridged the connectivity gap because it is easy to set up, offering a powerful alternative to traditional fiber optics.
Chief Melissa Tavita expressed the significance of this initiative, stating: “By connecting our entire community with Starlink, we will be providing our children greater access to resource sharing tools and higher learning. Muscowpetung is the only Indigenous community in Saskatchewan where every residence is connected to such a transformative medium at such high speed,” they shared.
This achievement goes beyond residential connectivity; it encompasses all facets of community life. Muscowpetung's administration buildings, including the School, Health Centre, and Band Office, are now integrated into the Starlink network. This newfound connectivity promises “expanded economic opportunities and an enhanced quality of life for all members” of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation.
The Muscowpetung community expressed their immense gratitude towards SpaceX, with special recognition given to Bianca Reinhart and the SpaceX Communications Team for their unwavering support and collaboration throughout this groundbreaking project.
Additionally, the community extended its appreciation to “Anaquod Videography for their exceptional work in creating and procuring impactful video content that showcases this milestone,” they said, see video linked below. Together, we are shaping a brighter, more connected future.”
The integration of SpaceX Starlink Internet into the Muscowpetung community signifies a significant step towards digital inclusion and access to high-speed internet for all, irrespective of geographical challenges. This demonstrates the power of innovation and collaboration in bringing digital opportunities to underserved communities.
Starlink connecting the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation 🛰️🌎❤️ https://t.co/tmGaYV7Owb— Starlink (@Starlink) September 29, 2023
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