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First Nations youth bring high-speed internet home

Two years ago there was no high-speed internet in Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario - even though it's just a short drive from the city of Kenora.
Chad Henry says he drives by the high-speed internet tower in his community every day. (Facebook)

Two years ago there was no high-speed internet in Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation in Ontario - even though it's just a short drive from the city of Kenora.

The only option available was dial-up or the cellular network, so forget about binge-watching Netflix for the weekend.

"We had a lot of gamers that were wanting to play online - Call of Duty was out at the time and we had a lot of lag. Most of us are running on cellular data and that would rack up," said Chad Henry.

"My cousin he was using his [internet] for gaming and his one month bill was like, almost two grand and he was just streaming videos on Netflix and Youtubing and gaming. And it was pretty close to $2,000 one month."

So what do you do if you're a young person with limited connectivity?

If you're Chad Henry, you round up some young people, set up a youth council and build the infrastructure yourself.

To hear Chad's story click the 'listen' button above.