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Indigenous Connectivity

Indigenous communities face unique challenges to Internet access and inclusion. To address this digital divide, the Internet Society brought together community network operators, Internet service providers, community members, researchers, policy makers and Indigenous leadership to join the conversation during the first of its kind Indigenous Connectivity Summit in November 2017.

Let’s continue the conversation we started at the Summit! Do you want to connect your Indigenous community? Do you want to support Indigenous connectivity? You can find ever-growing resources on topics including community networks, cultural preservation, and Indigenous-driven access here. Although we began this conversation in North America, our hope is that all Indigenous communities around the world will have the opportunity to connect to the Internet. Join us!

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There are several ways you can take part:

The Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program
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Beyond the Net 16 May 2018

The Piikani Cultural and Digital Literacy Camp Program

The Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta, concerned they were in danger of losing their Blackfoot culture and traditions, sought...

The State of Broadband Connectivity in Canada’s Rural and Remote Regions
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Access 2 May 2018

The State of Broadband Connectivity in Canada’s Rural and Remote Regions

In April, the Canadian Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology presented the “Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada: Overcoming...

How the Lenca are Restoring the Past to Build their Future
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Beyond the Net 5 April 2018

How the Lenca are Restoring the Past to Build their Future

The Internet has the potential to enable Indigenous communities to continue living on remote traditional lands without diminishing their...

Community Networks in Mexico: For Ourselves, With Our Own Resources
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Community Networks 21 March 2018

Community Networks in Mexico: For Ourselves, With Our Own Resources

Community Networks are a matter of autonomy, which has been demonstrated by the indigenous communities of Mexico and the...

Indigenous Connectivity Summit Participants Share Their Stories
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Access 13 February 2018

Indigenous Connectivity Summit Participants Share Their Stories

Madeleine Redfern, the mayor of Iqaluit – the largest and only city in Nunavut, Canada – has a colorful...

Community Report: Indigenous Connectivity
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Access 22 January 2018

Community Report: Indigenous Connectivity

The 2017 Indigenous Connectivity Summit (ICS) was the start of a critical conversation about how Indigenous communities can connect...

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