INUVIK, Northwest Territories–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than two years after the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) declared broadband Internet a basic
right for Canadians, many Indigenous communities still can’t access the
regulator’s minimum service requirements.
The Internet Society (ISOC), a global non-profit organization dedicated
to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet, wants to
help rural and remote northern communities find solutions for
affordable, high-quality and sustainable Internet access at the 2018
Indigenous Connectivity Summit in Inuvik, NT, from Oct. 11 to 12, 2018.
Presented by the Internet Society, University of Alberta, First Mile
Connectivity Consortium, the Town of Inuvik, and Inuvialuit Regional
Corporation, the event will host about 140 Indigenous Community Network
operators, Internet Service Providers, policy-makers and Indigenous
leadership in a series of panels, presentations and workshops focused on
connecting the last 1,000 miles.
The event will highlight unique northern connectivity challenges and
opportunities by showcasing success stories of Community Networks around
the globe. Community Networks are communications infrastructure built,
managed and used by local communities. They provide a sustainable
solution to address the connectivity gaps that exist in underserved
urban, remote, and rural areas around the world.
“Learning and communication amongst today’s generation is very different
than those of our Elders,” said Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chief Executive
Officer of Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. “We want to take advantage
of new technologies and high-speed Internet bandwidth, not only for the
preservation of our cultural identify and values, but to enable
Inuvialuit and other Indigenous communities to become equal and
meaningful participants in the Northern and national economy and
society,” added Ningaqsiq Smith.
The Internet Society believes supporting Internet connectivity is a
critical step on the path towards reconciliation with First Nations,
Inuit and Métis in Canada. It works with rural and remote communities
around the world to help them acquire the skills to build their own
community networks and encourages all Canadians to foster an environment
that supports Indigenous connectivity solutions.
“Ensuring First Nations, Inuit and Métis can access high quality,
sustainable Internet empowers Indigenous communities to have a say when
it comes to decisions and policies that shape their future,” said Mark
Buell, North America Regional Bureau Director for the Internet Society.
The Indigenous Connectivity Summit is sponsored by Canadian Internet
Registration Authority, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers, CANARIE, Cybera, Telesat, and Iristel.
For information on 2018 Indigenous Connectivity Summit speakers and
registration, please visit www.internetsociety.org/events/indigenous-connectivity-summit/.
A report on the 2017 Indigenous Connectivity Summit Community Report is
available at: https://www.internetsociety.org/resources/doc/2018/indigenous-connectivity-summit-community-report/
About the Internet Society
Founded by Internet pioneers, the Internet Society (ISOC) is a
non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the open development,
evolution, and use of the Internet. Working through a global community
of chapters and members, the Internet Society collaborates with a broad
range of groups to promote the technologies that keep the Internet safe
and secure, and advocates for policies that enable universal access. The
Internet Society is also the organizational home of the Internet
Engineering Task Force (IETF).
Allesandra de Santillana