FNEC was told by Indian Affairs' bureaucrats who had no education background or experience that the data was all wrong and there wasn't a problem.
FNEC persisted by continuing to gather data, lobbying and involving the chiefs in many meetings.
FNEC pursued its convictions and, after many approaches, got approval some three years ago to launch a three-year pilot special education initiative.
FNEC was confident the boards would be a great fit for students when they first discovered them in 2003.
In order to help with the costs, FNEC offered incentives to schools that purchased bulk orders of the Smart boards.
Whiteduck emphasized that FNEC made an effort to provide the boards at a reduced rate by partnering with Sono Video, a company based in Montreal, which provided some of the equipment at a reduced cost.
"We had an object of 10,000 and we got over 20,000 signatures so I think First Nations all across Canada were mobilized by these petitions and I think the signal is that First Nations will stay mobilized," said Raymond Sioui, assistant director of FNEC.
Polson works closely with FNEC, which was established in 1985 and has been fighting for educational rights and an educational system that adheres to First Nation values.
Although FNEC is based in Quebec, Sioui said this battle is a concern for the entire country and the unity is quite evident.