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Bridging the Digital Gap in Indigenous Businesses and Communities


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the ongoing issue of digital technology inaccessibility on remote and reserve lands. With the pandemic lockdowns being experienced around the world, there was been a growing awareness of the inequity marginalized groups experience through their inability to access the technology that helps keep us all safe and connected. The Indigenous communities that exist in rural or remote locations are particularity impacted by this inequity, impacting their access to; education, telehealth, banking, civic engagement, and business services, among others.

Historically marginalized, rural, and low-income communities report among the highest disconnected demographics, and although Canada has one of the highest standards of living in the world, the Indigenous communities are an obvious caveat. Without the ability to do business, work, or attend class, these already vulnerable communities further widen achievement gaps, cripple local economies, and contribute to community brain drain.

On December 3rd 2020, Digital Empowers, hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The forum focused on how to bridge the digital gap that exists in Indigenous businesses and communities, featuring Soumen Roy, Executive Director and Country Head, Canada, TCS; Philip Ducharme, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CCAB; Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services for the Government of Canada; Nathan Snider, Manager of Research and Stakeholder Relations at the Information and Communications Technology Council; Lawrence Lewis, Founder of OneFeather, an Indigenous services technology platform; and Sindhu John, Head of Human Resources, Canada, TCS.
 

Explore the key takeaways from the event here

To learn more about the Digital Empowers program, read our Global Insights Report, Digital Empowers: Technology as a Catalyst for Empowering Communities

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