2017 Indigenous Focus Day


Wednesday 21 June 2017
8.30am – 5.00pm


Rydges Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Cnr Marine Terrace & Essex St, Fremantle WA 6160


Presentation – Indigenous Focus Day address

Indigenous Focus Day 2017

The Indigenous Focus Day is an exclusive 1-day invite-only event hosted by the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).

Remote Connected and Savvy! is the title for the sixth annual Broadband for the Bush Forum. Within the broad agenda of ‘digital inclusion’, the Indigenous Focus Day is about providing space for yarning and sharing; and drawing conclusions on what ideas need to be advocated for, before the Forum.

Christine Ross

There will be Story tellers and discussion group leaders, all ensuring everyone has a chance to learn new things and contribute to conversations.

The day will be facilitated by Christine Ross, an Arrernte/Kaytetye desert woman who has successfully led an Indigenous Focus Day before (Darwin 2015). Pictured.

Welcome to Country  will be conducted by Dr Noel Nannup.

Noel Nannup

Dr Nannup is a well-respected Noongar Elder. He is a known story teller and cultural guide, instructor and mentor. Noel is a Nyungar/Injabarndi man who has worked to promote public awareness of the importance of caring for the environment. His father Charles William Nannup lived and worked around Mundaring Weir and he belonged to the Bibbulman people. Noel Nannup’s mother was Alice Isobel Bassett and was from the Pilbara. We look forward to Dr Nannup welcoming us to the land on which we will meet.


Mini Menu: Program Information, Story tellers and their ideas. Download the IFD Program Book (5mb)


For more information, contact Event Coordinators via email forum@broadbandforthebush.com.au or phone:

Michelle Williams           0414 813 491

Paul Sutton                       0418 750 236


 Program final

Our story tellers will stimulate thinking and discussion. Check out the Indigenous leaders and organisations who are willing to share their story. The program illustrates that discussion and thinking about Problems, solutions and then Resolutions is the structure of the day. Indigenous WA People and organisations are encouraged to ask the Forum Organisers for an Invitiation.

The Indigenous Focus Day is an invite-only event. You are welcome to contact the event coordinators  Paul Sutton and Michelle Williams (forum@broadbandforthebush.com.au) to ask for an invitation for yourself or others.

About the Indigenous Focus Day

Remote Connected and Savvy! is the title for the sixth annual Broadband for the Bush Forum. Within the broad agenda of ‘digital inclusion’, we want to explore issues and successes for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and organisations.

The day has been designed so Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can talk to their experience and knowledge about what matters to them. These stories feed into key position statements to take to organisations and Government to increase connectivity, training and other opportunities.

Remote, connected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are savvy and increasingly will set the agenda of what comes next in the broadband landscape. New possibilities will rejuvenate community life, how associations work and how services are delivered by Government and private enterprise. The annual Indigenous Focus Day event is to further agendas and work together towards goals.