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Policy & Advocacy Training Webinar


Week 1: Community Networks 101
(ICS Training Joint Session)

Thursday, 9 September 2021, 3:00pm EDT / 12:00pm PST / 9:00am HST

This session brings together the policy and technical tracks to provide an overview of what to expect from this year’s ICS trainings, providing an overview of the policy issues facing community networks (CNs) and a discussion on what it’s like to build and maintain a network. 

Darrah Blackwater

J.D., University of Arizona, Indigenous & telecommunications law

Mark Buell

Regional Vice President – North America, Internet Society

Natalie Campbell

Director, Community Organizing and Public Advocacy, Internet Society

John Kealoha Garcia

Executive Advisor, National Security, Nation of Hawaii

Dr. Rob McMahon

Associate Professor, University of Alberta; Master of Arts in Communication and Technology (MACT) and Master of Arts in Community Engagement (MACE)

Tim Whiteduck head shot
Tim Whiteduck

Director of Technology, First Nations Education Council (FNEC)

Heather Hudson

Professor and Consultant, ICTs for Development, Rural Communications, Telecommunications Management and Policy

H Trostle

Research Professional, American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University

Week 2: Meaningful Engagement and Consultation

Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 3:00pm EDT / 12:00pm PST / 9:00am HST

Madeleine Redfern

President of the Ajungi Group

Danae Wilson
Danae Wilson

Manager, Nez Perce Tribe Department of Technological Services; Tribe Member

Week 3: Government Outlets for Advocacy

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Sayuri Rajapakse

Deputy Chief, Office of Native Affairs and Policy, Federal Communications Commission

Konrad von Fickenstein

Week 4: Funding Opportunities and Advocating for Funding

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Heather Mills

Maureen James

Terry Dalton


Analysis/advocacy articles based on CIRA’s Unconnected report: 

Week 5: How to Talk to Policymakers

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Week 6: Building the ICS Recommendations and
The Community of Networking (ICS Training Joint Session)

Monday, 11 October 2021
(week of Indigenous Connectivity Summit)

Anna Higgins

Project and Policy Advisor, Internet Society


Leading image: © Angela Gzowski