IFD Program 2017

The Indigenous Focus Day Program

The Indigenous Focus Day is a day of talking, sharing and reflecting on the lessons learned, and realisation of what is yet to do. Remote and Urban Indigenous Communities have specific issues and sucesses. The IFD enables the people and communities to have a voice about their work and the issues they are going to address next.

The day’s program is designed around speakers and workshop discussions.

Workshops Structure

 The workshops will focus on issues of affordability and availability of communications for Indigenous consumers. The workshops will be introduced with a summary of the issues identified in previous Indigenous Focus Days.

Throughout the day facilitated workshop groups will:

  • identify and define obstacles
  • propose solutions
  • begin to develop an advocacy strategy to bring about change
  • how attendees could act.

Groups will be split evenly between topics of affordability and availability. Groups should also take either an organisational or individual/community perspective.

Obstacles – What obstacles are we facing in terms of affordability and availability of communications?

Solutions – What are the possible solutions to each identified obstacle?

Policy Plan – Choose an obstacle and corresponding solution. What steps can we follow to advocate for and bring about change on this issue?

Action Plan – What can you and others do to make changes?


The Program

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8.00-8.30 Arrival and Registration
8.30 – 10.30 Welcome to Country

Dr Noel Nannup

Welcome Address

John Lockyer, Immediate past Chairperson, Indigenous Remote Communications Association

Opening Keynote

Prof. Leonard Collard, School of Indigenous Studies
The University of Western Australia

Overview of the Day by MC

Christine Ross

YOKAI – Stolen Generations Information Service

Wayne Bynder and Jim Morrison

To Skype or not to Skype: Remoteness and the Internet

Barbara Bynder

Unleashing the potentials that digital technology, inclusion and start-up support can offer Australia’s most disadvantaged and disconnected communities

Leigh Harris

Q and A
Workshop: Obstacles
10.30-11.00 Morning Tea
11.00-12.30
Broadband access and its potential applications for a WA Remote Indigenous Media Organisation – PAKAM (Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media)Neil Turner / Tadam Lockyer
Adapting and using technology to create change and make connections

Nickeema Williams

Building apps to use and share digitally-stored cultural information

Dora Dallwitz supported by Warren Smith

Life and times of a mobile phone

Jennifer McFarland

Q and A
Workshop: Solutions
12.30-1.15 Lunch Break
1.15-2.30 Telecommunications and remote Indigenous communities – now and into the future

Kate Laffan

The Digital Gap: bringing online accessibility to the disadvantaged

Joanne Pellow

How We Do it in Ranges: Wilurarra Creative Studio, Music, and Alanya

Wilurarra Creative – local Wilurarra Creative speakers

The impact of social media on our family

Esiah Jones

Q and A
Workshop: Advocacy Plan
2.30-3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.00 -5.00 Group Photo
Living and working in remote community- a Ngaanyatjarra perspective

Daisy O’Byrne

Online studies for mature Indigenous students: a struggle

Valda Shannon

Q and A
Workshops 1, 2 and 3 Reports
Wrap Up and Thankyou