Advancing Digital Equity in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous Connectivity Institute

In today’s world, access to the internet is fundamental for people and communities to thrive. Yet, Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately offline and excluded from the opportunities the internet enables. Working in the US and Canada, the Indigenous Connectivity Institute is a community of leaders working to close this digital divide by sharing knowledge, shaping policy, and helping people learn the skills to build and run their own internet networks.

With thanks to Chris Mitchell (@communitynets) and Mark Buell (@mebuell) for granting us permission to feature their photography on this page.

Our activities

Our current activities are focused on convening and training Indigenous leaders to build capacity for community-based networks and advocate for Indigenous digital equity.

Tribal Broadband Bootcamps

Run in partnership with the Institute of Local Self Reliance (ILSR), Tribal Broadband Bootcamps bring leaders together to learn, build and connect with people bootstrapping Indigenous broadband.

Participants at the Indigenous Connectivity Summit

Indigenous Connectivity Summit

Run in partnership with the Internet Society, the summit brings together Indigenous leaders, community members, community network operators, researchers and policymakers with a common goal: connecting Indigenous communities to fast, affordable and sustainable internet.

Indigenous Connectivity Summit Trainings

Leading up to the Indigenous Connectivity Summit, ICS Trainings equip leaders with knowledge and skills around broadband policy and advocacy, and building and operating sustainable, secure community networks. These trainings are run in partnership with the Internet Society.

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