Sovereign Digital Future 2018

Are you passionate about the role technology can play in building your community's future? We want to meet you. 

The First Nations Technology Council is hosting regional gatherings across British Columbia in the Fall of 2018. We are inviting Indigenous innovators, leaders, entrepreneurs, elders, youth, skill trainers and technology companies to gather and participate in dialogue and sharing circles. 

What will we be talking about? eventbritephoto

  • Career opportunities for Indigenous people in the tech sector, the fastest growing sector in B.C.

  • Challenges and barriers our people face when it comes to using technology and finding employment in the tech sector, and how to overcome them

  • Access to high-speed connectivity in rural and remote communities

  • How Indigenous communities want to use technology to grow local economies and advance sovereignty

Are you bringing technology? 

We'll be bringing awesome virtual reality experiences, video games and apps all created by Indigenous designers and innovators from across Turtle Island for you to try out. Guests will also learn more about our current digital skills training opportunities. 

Why are we gathering?

Technology represents a huge opportunity for our people. The 2016 TechTalentBC report anticipates an additional 47,000 tech jobs will be available in the province by 2021. But due to local skills shortages and labour gaps, 30,500 of these jobs will remain vacant. Some of the most in-demand jobs include web developers, software developers, programmers and network technicians, all of which are high paying careers in an exciting industry. We need to know who in our communities want to take advantage of these opportunities and what they need to succeed. 

We at the First Nations Technology Council are developing an Indigenous Digital Strategy for British Columbia. This is groundbreaking work that will lead to more digital skills training for Indigenous people and will chart a path to making sure all First Nations communities in the province have affordable high-speed internet. In order for this strategy to be a success, we need the voice of our communities leading the way. 

When and where are we gathering? Student 2

September 11-12 in Prince George: RSVP 

September 18-19 in Prince Rupert: RSVP 

September 24-25 in Victoria: RSVP

September 27-28 in Parksville: RSVP

October 2-3 in Fort St. John: RSVP 

October 9-10 in Cranbrook: RSVP 

October 16-17 in Kamloops: RSVP

October 25 in North Vancouver: RSVP

October 29-30 in Sto:lo: RSVP 

What if I don't live in one of those urban centres? 

We have a limited number of travel subsidies available to support people who are travelling from rural or remote communities to attend one of our regional gatherings. If you are passionate about the role technology can play in building our future then please email us at gathering@technologycouncil.ca with the subject line "travel" and we will provide you with a link to apply for a travel subsidy. 

Why aren’t you visiting remote communities?

These regional gatherings are just the first phase in our plan to engage all 203 First Nations communities in B.C. so don’t worry if you are unable to make one of our Fall events. We thank you for your patience and we look forward to your guidance, input and support as we work towards our vision of Indigenous sovereignty in the digital age.

Will there be food?

Yes! Coffee and tea, too. 

Door prizes?

Yes! Fancy ones. 

Who is funding this project? 

This project is funded by Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development agreement. We see equitable access to technology and Indigenous representation in the tech sector as a tangible act of reconciliation.