The federal government has announced $2.5 million to help coastal First Nations to track ships and improve maritime safety.
The Haida and Gitga’at Nations will get a portion of the funding to help develop, test, and evaluate a maritime awareness information system on the North and Central Coasts.
Chief Councillor Arnold Clifton says the pilot program will allow the Gitga’at share their traditional knowledge and experience in their territory.
Ottawa originally announced the five-year, $62.5 million Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative a year ago.
The money announced Friday will fund infrastructure, Internet, and equipment needed to test the system for a year, starting in spring 2019.