Dan Pellerin, K-Net's Network Manager, traveled to Winnipeg on May 29 to join the Manitoba Smart Network project, Industry Canada's team and others in the facilitation of a live video conferencing demonstration of broadband connectivity at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference.
Rob Lavin, Program Director of Manitoba Smart Network, worked with Gail Christopher and her team at Industry Canada to coordinate the different on-line activities that took place during this two day conference. The Headwaters Project in Northern Saskatchewan was also represented at this event as part of the Industry Canada booth at the trade show. Connections and live video conferencing sessions were made with different groups from across Canada throughout the two days.
Four federal government officials traveled to Sioux Lookout to:
The four officials included:
Pictures and an overview of the visit and meetings are available on-line.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Telehealth initiative and the regional application to the Primary Health Care Transition Fund is resulting the opportunity to begin working with community and regional initiatives to both demonstrate and support broadband connectivity in rural and remote communities. The Kuh-ke-nah Network with its partner communities and organizations is able to support the growth of e-health opportunities across the region and the country.
The May 29 issue of Wawatay News contains two more news stories about the work being completed within the Kuh-ke-nah Network of Smart First Nations demonstration project.
This week's Kuh-ke-nah page in Wawatay News include the following articles:
Rick Garrick is researching additional stories for future articles. If you have a story that you want to share about this project and the work that is happening in your community to get connected, please send us an e-mail.
Various newspaper articles are being scanned and stored for reference purposes in this photo gallery.
Happy 18th Birthday
To Our best friend
May everything happy and everything bright
Be yours in your days
From morning till night, and then through the year,
May the same thing hold true.
So that each day is filled with life's best things for you!
From Your Best Friends
Jamie Walker, Martha Quedent, Sara O'Donovan, and your older brother Michael O'Connor.
Thunder Bay Ontario - Fort William First Nation Arena
August 7-10 2003 C.L.E Weekend
$500.00 Team Entry
2 Non-Native Players Per Team
Open Pick Up Tournament
For More Information Phone:807-625-0327 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.eteamz.com/7thgeneration
P.S. Remember to book your rooms now if participating at the Challenge.
HAVE A SAFE SUMMER ALL !!!!! Miigwetch
The front page of the Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal (Friday, May 23) had the picture of this year's celebrating graduates from Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School.
Wapekeka First Nation is Hosting a
Men's and Ladies Volleyball Tournament
2 on 2
Date : July 30 - August 2, 2003
Teams : 16 teams or More
Entry Fee :
Accommodations will be provided
Rules and regulations will be handed outupon arrival
For more information contact the following:
1st Annual Native Junior Ice Meltdowns
It was a great experience for me and the 7th Generation staff to have organized a Junior Tournament. It was quite different compared to our regular tournaments that we host, we focus on the younger kids from 4 to 16 years old.
The participating teams were:
Champions: Sandy Lake Jr Feathermen $2,500.00
Finalists: Fort William Eagles $1,000.00
The 2nd annual event will take place during the long weekend in the month of May 2004 . Definitely there will be several new teams that will participate next year.
Constance Lake Oji-Crees cancelled out due to the players participating at a cultural event.
Fort Severn First Nation
Fort Severn, Ontario
** Press Release **
May 20, 2003
It’s Official!! Nine intrepid youth from this small remote First Nation on the shores of Hudson Bay are off to challenge Canada and the world in a 21 km (13.1 m) Half Marathon. It will be the first chance for these young people to achieve their dream of competing in a national level competition, the Manitoba Marathon, on Sunday, June 15, 2003.
Rayanne Chapman (13), Hillary Gray (13), Nathan Howson (14), Stacey Howson (13), Bernadette Kabestra (13), Courtney Kakekaspan (12), Kary Kakepetum (13), Isabel Miles (15), and April Thomas (13) will be part of a large group of competitors (more than 2500 for the Half Marathon in 2002) in the 25th anniversary running of the event (www.manitobamarathon.mb.ca/). Several adults have worked with the youth since they began their regular training last fall, but the will to succeed is theirs alone.
There are many challenges facing youth growing up in a small remote community. In addition to the isolation, young people do not have the same educational and recreational opportunities enjoyed by other youth in Canada. Those opportunities can make a huge difference, in personal development terms, when it comes to the ability to set personal goals and live a satisfying and fulfilling life. And, young people need role models, and they need to be able to test themselves against others, both inside and outside their community. These nine youth are already role models to their peers and younger children in their community.
Fort Severn (www.fortsevernfirstnation.com) is inviting others to help support these youth and give them the opportunity to achieve their dreams. Donations to the Fort Severn Team will be recognized in Fort Severn through radio announcements and on community notices concerning the youth competing in Winnipeg. Donations may be made payable to and sent to: Fort Severn First Nation, General Delivery, Fort Severn, Ontario, P0V 1W0.
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For more information, contact Rowena House @ 807.478.2517
Check out the story published in Friday, May 23 issue of Thunder Bay's Chronicle-Journal
Obituary of Joseph Jonas Quequish
Joseph Jonas Quequish was born according to the Band List on November 16, 1919. He passed away at his home on the morning of May 17, 2003, after a long battle with cancer.
Jonas was a trapper, hunter, and fisherman. He truly loved his land. He always told his children " Don't forsake your home, it is a gift from the Creator for your benefit. Learn to value and treasure what has been given to you". He reluctantly re-located from his ancestoral home at North Caribou Lake, to the community of Weagamow Lake in the early 1960's so that his children could go to school, and retain their treaty status.
Jonas as he was known was a leader in his home community of North Caribou Lake. He served on the Band Council for 35 years as a councillor, and later on he served as a Band Constable. He served his people unconditionally on the belief that he was helping to make this community a better place to live.
Jonas was predeceased by his wife Mamie in 1994, and some children that were buried at North Caribou Lake. He leaves behind to mourn three daughters, Annie (Mike) Williams, Eva (Lou) Marano, and Margaret (George) Benson. He also leaves to mourn a son Maio (Caroline) Quequish, and a stepson Job (Ina) Apetawakeesic. He also leaves 27 Grandchildren, numerous Great Grandchildren, as well as a nephew Cameron Quequish, and many other dear freinds and relatives in Weagamow.
Jonas chose to remain in the community when asked if he wished to go out to the hospital. He loved his children and grandchildren to the very end. He held each of us in his hands, and pointed towards heaven, as if to tell us that's where he was going. His favorite song "Jesus Loves Me" was sung for him in his final hours.
May he rest in Peace and live in the House of the Lord.
(written by Saul Williams)