Featured image above: At IRCA’S launch of Indigenous digital mentoring project InDigiMOB. Credit: IRCA
A new digital mentoring project developed by the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) was launched by the Minister for Local Government and Community Service, Honourable Bess Price in Arlparra on 15 April 2016.
Committed to addressing digital exclusion experienced by many Indigenous Australians in remote communities, the inDigiMOB program will play a key role in bridging the digital divide. It will establish a network of Indigenous mentors who provide peer-to-peer training and support in digital literacy, cyber safety and internet access in response to local and immediate needs.
“Over the next three years inDigiMOB will help address barriers to the take up and use of digital technology in a number of Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory,” says Daniel Featherstone, General Manager of IRCA.
“With support from local community organisations we will work to ensure remote Indigenous people are not left behind.”
“Where there is affordable and appropriate access, many Indigenous Australians in remote communities are rapid adopters of new digital technology,” says Featherstone.
“However, there are still too many people who lack access and capabilities to fully embrace the social, economic and cultural possibilities of being connected. inDigiMOB will address this and in doing so, create meaningful jobs.”
inDigiMOB is funded by Telstra.
IRCA is the peak body that represents and advocates for the media and communications interests of remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. IRCA promotes the important role played by remote Indigenous media in maintaining language and culture and providing tools for self-representation and community development. IRCA supports remote Indigenous media organisations (RIMOs) that have played a key role in the development of the remote media and communications industry in Australia.