Nunavut’s first Information & Communications Technology (ICT) Summit took place in Iqaluit on October 31 and November 1, 2012. The Summit focused on the multiple and wide-ranging issues that must be addressed in order to advance the state of ICTs in Nunavut. The outcomes of the Summit were broad consensus on several key issues that impact Nunavut’s connectivity. These include: the importance of public access; minimum yet scalable service standards for all Nunavut communities and indeed the North; training and skills development; and the need for long term government investment to ensure Nunavut has access to information and communications technologies that are affordable, equitable, and adequate.
The Summit was organized by NBDC with funding from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and had participation from technology users, various governments, Inuit organizations, carriers and service providers as well as civil society from across Nunavut and Canada. For more information see: nunavutictsummit.ca.