Connectivity in remote, rural, and Indigenous communities in Canada and around the world has led to a digital divide where millions lack access to online resources and the digital economy due to insufficient or non-existent infrastructure.
To address this issue, we are investigating the use of the RightMesh wireless mobile mesh technology which can be accessed by local users to share information in the absence of cellular and internet infrastructure.
In 2016, the Government of Canada declared access to broadband internet a fundamental right for all citizens. Despite this declaration, roughly 18% of the population in Canada has limited connectivity and many communities are entirely without cellular access. This is particularly true in Inuit Nunangat, where bandwidth is limited, internet connection is at times sporadic, competition between Internet service providers is scarce, and investment in infrastructure is currently lacking.
These limitations mean that Northern communities are not granted equal access to online resources, are excluded from contributing to and competing in the Canadian economy in an equitable manner and are not provided an equal voice that is essential for active participation in a democratic society.
At a local level, this also means that communities have fewer tools at their disposal for establishing effective communications pathways. This affects the ability for communities to easily collect and disseminate information necessary for self-determination, to manage and mitigate safety challenges and public health risks, and to understand and promote community vitality and wellness.
The Mobile Mesh Technology For Improved Connectivity In Canada research program is a five-year, interdisciplinary research program that includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers from the University of Guelph, Left, Inuit Nunangat, and beyond.
We are actively recruiting Postdoctoral, PhD, MSc, and undergraduate research assistant positions for this research program. If you are interested in joining the research team, please review the relevant positions by clicking the appropriate buttons below before contacting Dr. Gillis. Undergraduate students interested in joining the team should review the MSc and PhD positions, and indicate which of these are of most interest.
POST GRADUATE POSITIONS
While we are not actively recruiting for all of the positions listed here, we will accept applications for any of these positions. However, given the timeline of the research program, some of these positions may not be available for an immediate start date.
For more information, see the following links:
Eligible candidates will be contacted for an interview.