The Chief and Council of Magnetawan First Nation have released a new mobile application to help connect their members to administration, services, and resources. The official Magnetawan First Nation app is designed for members to stay informed of community news and events, regardless of whether they live on or off-reserve, and to enable private and secure communications between app users and the administration office.
“Staying connected to our members who live off-reserve can be difficult; a mobile app gives our communications department an additional tool for time-sensitive notifications where something like Facebook or a newsletter isn’t an ideal solution,” said Chief Lloyd Myke.
The Communikit platform on which the Magnetawan First Nation app runs on is the first of its kind in Canada — a cross-platform app service designed specifically for First Nations and Indigenous organizations to communicate with their members across any distance, keeping them connected and up-to-date.
“The more methods we have to connect with our community and to share traditional knowledge, the better,” explained Executive Director Carol Wheatley. “Preserving our cultural practices and language is always front-of-mind for Council, so an app where we can have things like language resources available for our members or send out notifications for cultural teaching sessions and events helps support those goals.”
Councillor Christopher Pitawanakwat expanded on the importance of timely communications, stating, “communication plays a central role in all the work we do. Staying connected with our citizens both on and off reserve informs and motivates our work.”