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Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2020

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If there were any doubts about how critical the Internet is, COVID-19 has put them to rest – people are relying on the Internet like never before. But what about those who don't have it?

The Indigenous Connectivity Summit brings together community network managers and operators, Indigenous-owned Internet service providers, community members, researchers, policy makers and Indigenous leaders. We discuss ways to ensure Alaska Native, American Indian, Inuit, Native Hawaiian, First Nations and Métis communities have affordable, high-quality and sustainable Internet access, and talk about how it can support social and economic development.

The Summit provides practical, hands-on training to help Indigenous communities connect to the Internet to and creates opportunities to build relationships and share useful knowledge and experience.

This year’s event will take place virtually from 5-9 October.

You can register now.

Pre-Summit trainings

The Internet Society offers two pre-Summit trainings: Policy and Advocacy, and Community Networks. These programs are designed to prepare passionate leaders to advocate for and articulate the digital policy needs of Indigenous communities around the region and learn to build connectivity solutions that meet the needs of their communities. Become the community networking leaders of tomorrow through our comprehensive training programs!

You’ll learn to build, sustain, and advise others on community networks and the federal policies that impact them. Training will take place in the weeks ahead of and throughout the summit, and you’ll work to create a set of policy recommendations that will guide advocacy efforts through the coming year. How will you help set the agenda this year?

In keeping with last year’s summit, we’ll be hosting a hands-on technical training during a pre-summit event.

The deadline for registration for the pre-Summit trainings is 28 August and the deadline to register for the hands-on training during the Summit is 11 September 2020.

Sign up for a pre-Summit training


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Time

Monday 05 October 2020 –

Friday 09 October 2020

Location

Online

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