At the Lac Seul First Nation Christmas gathering on December 19 in Sioux Lookout, Charles Fox confirmed his intentions to seek the Liberal nomination for the Kenora-Rainy River riding. Rumours of his career shift from First Nations politics to the federal political system were circulating since the Liberal party convention where Charles was invited to speak to the convention members.
Charles will be competing against Bob Nault, the current Member of Parliament and former minister of Indian and Northern Affairs for this riding's Liberal nomination. Bob announced his intentions to once again be the Liberal candidate for the riding earlier in December.
The December 29 issue of Wawatay News contained three funding competitions from Nishnawbe Aski Nation to support local youth and recreation projects.
NAN RECREATION SUBCOMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENTS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation Recreation Subcommittee and the Decade for Youth Development Office is seeking proposals form community-based programs to fund recreation activities this fall and winter. A maximum of $2,000 is available to youth programs and youth councils seeking support for programming in the areas of recreation / sport / leisure / leadership development. Contact Melanie Goodchild, Decade for Youth Development Coordinator at Nishnawbe Aski Nation at 1-800-465-9952 or by email at email@example.com. Please call for an application package. A total of 15 grants are available. The deadline for application is 5pm EST on Friday, January 16, 2004. Youth Councils are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Recreation Subcommittee is seeking original artwork submissions from NAN artists. The committee will be using the chosen artwork as a cover design for a soon to be published Recreation Resource Manual. Artists must submit their design by Friday, January 16, 2004. Please send in your original design to Nishnawbe Aski Nation Recreation Subcommittee, 100 Backstreet Road, Unit #200, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7J 1L2. The winning artist will receive a $500 fee for their design. This contest is open to all ages and professional artists are invitied to submit a design. Runner up designs may be used as artwork throughout the manual.
Request for Proposals
Nishnawbe Aski Nation is pleased to announce that we are now requesting that communities and/or Tribal Councils submit an application for a funding opportunity towards Athletic Development. A maximum amount of $3,000.00 will be given to the successful applicants that meet the criteria.
Special consideration will be given to the applicants that successfully display interest in development towards the following sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Canoeing, Golf, Field Lacrosse, Rifle Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tae Kwon Do, Volleyball, and Wrestling.
Deadline for submissions will be January 23, 2004 and all projects must be completed by March 31, 2004. To receive an application or for more information please contact Carol Rowland, Special Projects Coordinator, at 1-800-465-9952 or 807-623-8228.
NEW WEB SITE LAUNCHED
The Northern Ontario Indigenous Sports Network has launched a web site to promote recreation and sport in the North. If you are looking for information on sporting events, recreation activities, or looking to connect with other athletes this is the home page to visit. The web site can be viewed at www.noisn.on.ca. See you online!
Personal web pages at MyKnet.org continue to be the most popular on-line space for the Nishnawbe Aski to browse. In December there were over 21 million hits on this K-Net server (over 5.5 million more hits from the previous month)! The average daily hits on this server rose to nearly 700,000 hits each day!
All together there were over 29 MILLION hits occurring on the six most popular monitored K-Net servers throughout December. Specifically, on these six servers with traffic graphs, there were a total of 29,020,325 hits made to these on-line services provided by Keewaytinook Okimakanak. The six servers include myknet.org, knet.ca, webmail.knet.ca, hosting.knet.ca, highschool.knet.ca and photos.knet.ca (just click on the server to see the traffic monitoring chart for each server). There were 469,682 visits made during this period to these six servers, indicating that people are exploring these sites more and more.
Most of the K-Net servers that are being monitored for hits, visits and usage statistics using the webalizer program again showed an increase during the month. But http://myknet.org rose by more than 5.5 million hits to demonstrate the rapid take up of these communication tools among users across the north.