2024 Spectrum Sovereignty Summit

Ottawa, ON, Canada | In-person registration now closed | Register to join the livestream!

Where: RBC Foundry at Bayview Yards, Ottawa, ON, Canada

When: February 22 @ 10AM-4PM ET

Delivery: In-Person (Livestream Available)

This historic, 1-day national summit on Indigenous spectrum sovereignty is happening in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa in just a few short weeks. Don’t miss your chance to join us!

Join passionate advocates and trailblazing community members in this coast-to-coast-to-coast forum, as we collectively discuss:

  • What spectrum is and why it matters;
  • Why Indigenous access to, and control over, the resource of spectrum is absolutely critical;
  • What we can learn from spectrum management examples around the world (e.g. New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States);
  • Government initiatives involving Indigenous access to spectrum, and what it means for everyday folks in our communities;
  • …and much more!

This in-person event will be livestreamed with simultaneous interpretation (English<>French) available. In-person attendance is limited and filling up faster than expected — so don’t wait to secure your spot!

This Summit will be taking place at the RBC Foundry venue space, located at Bayview Yards in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Street Address: 7 Bayview Station Rd, Ottawa, ON

Directions (courtesy of Bayview Yards):

  • Cycling: Located beside the Ottawa River Pathway and many other routes, Bayview Yards is easily accessible via bicycle. We offer ample bike racks, at the front and back of our building, throughout all seasons.
  • Transit: Bayview Yards is located 600m away from Bayview Station, which serves multiple routes as well is the O-Train stop.
  • Driving: There are 50 spaces along Bayview Station Road offering 2HR free parking, and 27 spaces along Stonehurst and Burnside offering 1HR free parking.
  • Bayview Yards currently offers free on-site parking in a gravel lot.

This event is geared toward Indigenous leaders, community members, and advocates, as well as Indigenous-run network operators and allied organizations. People of all knowledge/experience levels and perspectives on spectrum are more than just encouraged to attend — you are hugely valued, as you bring crucial insight to the conversation that is absolutely essential to reaching our collective connectivity goals. Five travel scholarships are available to ensure youth participation; please see below for further details on how to apply.

Access to spectrum is crucial to closing the connectivity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in Canada.

Discussions from previous Indigenous Connectivity Summits have demonstrated that access to spectrum resources, as well as enhancing Indigenous participation in how telecommunications policy is created, are both huge priorities for our communities. In 2022, Summit delegates called for governments to recognize Indigenous rights to spectrum. In 2023, Summit delegates called for an Indigenous body to co-manage telecommunications resources like spectrum with government entities. Furthermore, there are growing calls from Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and organizations alike for increasing Indigenous access to spectrum in Canada.

While the Government of Canada has not addressed these specific demands, it has taken small — but nonetheless significant — steps toward opening a discussion on how spectrum is allocated. For example, “Indigenous connectivity” was included as one of the five priority policy themes in Innovation, Science, and Economic Development’s (ISED’s) Spectrum Outlook 2023-2027. The Spectrum Outlook states that ISED is seeking to meaningfully engage with Indigenous peoples on spectrum-related matters, and that it wants to identify and implement ways to make spectrum consultation practices more accessible.

The pieces have finally fallen into place for national community-led discussions on spectrum policy to make a massive impact on the digital futures of Indigenous peoples across this territory. Will you be part of the change?

enous spectrum sovereignty is happening in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa in just a few short weeks. Don’t miss your chance to join us!

Join passionate advocates and trailblazing community members in this coast-to-coast-to-coast forum, as we collectively discuss:

  • What spectrum is and why it matters;
  • Why Indigenous access to, and control over, the resource of spectrum is absolutely critical;
  • What we can learn from spectrum management examples around the world (e.g. New Zealand, Mexico, and the United States);
  • Government initiatives involving Indigenous access to spectrum, and what it means for everyday folks in our communities;
  • …and much more!

This in-person event will be livestreamed with simultaneous interpretation (English<>French) available. In-person attendance is limited and filling up faster than expected — so don’t wait to secure your spot!

With the support of our generous funders, the Indigenous Connectivity Institute (ICI) is committed to doing everything possible to remove barriers for Indigenous youth (aged 18-35) to access, attend, and meaningfully participate in these events. There are 5 youth travel scholarships available for the Spectrum Sovereignty Summit that cover, in full, your flights, per diem, and hotel accommodation. A $500 honorarium recognizing your participation in the event is also included in the scholarship.

How to Apply: If you are an Indigenous youth (18-35) registering for the 2024 Spectrum Sovereignty Summit, please fill out the brief section of the registration form titled Youth Travel Scholarship Application. We deeply wish we could fund everyone, but due to the volume of applications we receive, we may not be able to award all who apply with a scholarship — so please apply early! We will reach out directly to let you know either way if your application for the travel scholarship was successful.

 

Click here to register for the Pre-Summit Zoom Workshop on Indigenous Spectrum Rights!

This call is open to everyone, even if you aren’t attending in-person event in Ottawa, and is offered on two different dates for your convenience.

When: choice of February 13th or February 15th, @ 1PM Central Time/2PM Eastern Time

Where: Zoom (Link will be provided directly to everyone who registered via the above form, and will also be posted here on the Summit homepage)

What does WAVE stand for?

Wireless Autonomy = Viable Eternity. It’s a shorthand way to describe the immeasurable future potential we are creating for our communities by ensuring Indigenous access to, and control over, wireless spectrum resources. It also refers to the nature of spectrum itself. Spectrum is the technical term for the “waves” that are in the air all around us, constantly transmitting data back and forth. You might not realize it, but you’re using spectrum every time you pull up Instagram on your phone using mobile data, or when you tune in to the radio in your car on your way to work.

There’s a lot more to it, though — especially when it comes to Indigenous rights to spectrum as a resource. That’s why we’ve created an incredible opportunity for you to become fluent in WAVE, AKA all things related to Indigenous spectrum rights, before the in-person Summit.

For more details on, read on!

Pre-Summit Zoom: Spectrum Rights Workshop

This spectrum rights workshop led by spectrum sovereignty advocate Darrah Blackwater (Diné) will cover the basics of Indigenous spectrum rights, including an explanation of spectrum, why spectrum rights are important to Indigenous communities, and a regulatory overview of how spectrum is managed in Canada.

Darrah will lead an interactive discussion reviewing the recent announcement from Innovation Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED), introducing their new initiative titled “Improving Indigenous Access to Spectrum: Draft Indigenous Priority Window Spectrum Policy Framework.”

This workshop is intended to be an information session leading up to the Spectrum Sovereignty Summit in Ottawa, CA on February 22nd, 2024. The purpose of the Spectrum Sovereignty Summit is to raise our voices to continue to advocate for the rights of Indigenous peoples and First Nations communities in spectrum regulation in Canada. For more information, visit ISED’s website to read the policy framework for improving Indigenous access to spectrum.

Click here to register now for the Pre-Summit Zoom Workshop!

Exciting details about the Spectrum Sovereignty Summit are on the way.

Over the next few weeks, you’ll discover our speakers, be immersed in brilliant ideas published by trailblazing Indigenous spectrum leaders — and even dive into some breaking news about Indigenous spectrum sovereignty in Canada. We can’t wait to share it all with you.

Determined Navajo woman sitting at a podium speaks into a microphone to address attendees of the Indigenous Connectivity Summit 2022.

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