A video conference meeting of the twelve Smart Community Demonstration projects on the last day of the program, signalled the start of a new era of development for each of the initiatives began under this innovative Industry Canada program. The Kuhkenah Network of Smart First Nations project successfully completed all the proposed deliverables scaling many of them to include other First Nations and organizations across the region and the country.
The Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations are now undertaking the challenge of planning and developing strategies to sustain all the programs and services began under this project.
Since the fall of 2003, Keewaytinook Okimakanak, as Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet Ontario Regional Management Organization, has been supporting six different on-line First Nation curriculum and resource development initiatives with different groups from across the province. These online curriculum resources provide a rich variety of First Nation specific educational material resources that addresses a large gap in culturally appropriate, regional content. The people and First Nation organizations engaged in these developmental initiatives joined other educators at the Native Language conference held in Thunder Bay last weekend to showcase their work over these past few months. Watch for new web portals as they become live over the next few days.
The G8 Supplementary Courses Program (www.g8.firstnationschools.ca) aims to help Gade 8 students transition into high school through the delivery of supplementary courses in Math, Science and English. This online curriculum provides educational resources that fit the needs and abilities of students and teachers in diverse communities.
Fernando Oliveira (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a teacher and curriculum developer who uses the Internet to deliver educational resources for First Nations elementary schools. As the developer and course instructor for the Grade 8 Supplementary Courses Program, Fernando has spend the last year creating an online program that is accessed by students in First Nations elementary schools across Ontario. Prior to this project, Fernando was a teacher in Poplar Hill and Fort Severn First Nations with Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS).
The NAN Youth Decade Website (www.nandecade.ca) has converted existing resource material on suicide prevention and awarness, geared at secondary and post-secondary students, from paper to a web-based format.
This site provides downloadable resource information for students to use personally or as part of class projects, including interactive peer-helping materials.
The site also identifies and provides linkages to mental health, suicide prevention, youth empowerment and peer helping websites.
Melanie Goodchild (email@example.com) is the NAN Decade for Youth and Development Coordinator; she has overseen the compilation of materials and the overall creative design of the NAN Youth Decade website.
Noojmowin Teg Health Centre, on Manitoulin Island, created a health information portal for First Nations that functions as an online student learning tool. The content of this online learning tool was designed to meet the learning objectives set out in the Ontario Curriculum for Health and Physical Education for children in grades 3 to 5 and it focuses on Aboriginal approaches to address health promotion and physical activity.
Marion Maar(firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Project Manager for the Noojmowin –Teg Health Portal. Ms. Maar is a medical anthropologist who has worked in the area of Aboriginal health research for 10 years. She has worked as a researcher developing and implementing evaluation frameworks for provincial health strategies as well as community-based Aboriginal health systems. She has worked for the past 6 years as the Research and Evaluation Coordinator at Noojmowin Teg. 4. Ontario First Nations Technical Services Virtual Career Fair
The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (www.ofntsc.org) created its Aboriginal Virtual Career Fair website called Cool Careers (http://www.coolcareers.ca) to create an online resource accessible to Aboriginal youth, parents and educators in Ontario.
The Virtual Career Fair offers opportunities for a user to discover information on scientific and technology-based careers - opportunities, educational prerequisites, programs, and institutions and support mechanisms available in Ontario. In addition there is information on emerging sectors of the economy, availability of employment by region and sector, and motivational material, including a role model feature, and activity-based areas.
OFNTSC Project Team
Seven Generations Education Institute has converted existing Ojibway –language teaching curriculum, grades 1-10, from paper text teaching units to an electronic web-based format.
Included in the materials are interactive worksheets, games, and puzzles for the students to accompany the units and linkage to Aboriginal websites as deemed appropriate.
Boozhoo indinawemaaganidok. Pebaamibines indigo Anishinaabemong idash Dennis Jones ingikenimigo gaye. Bizhiw niin indoodem. Aapichi jiikinaagozi indoodem. Nigigoonsiminikaaning izhinikaade ishkonigan wenjiyaan.
Dennis Jones is a band member of the Nicickousemenecaning First Nation where he runs an Ojibwe Language Immersion Camp. He is presently working with the Seven Generations Education Institute as an Anishinaabe Language Advisor for the 2003-04 school year. He is currently on sabbatical from his regular teaching position at the University of Minnesota’s American Indian Studies Department where he teaches Ojibwe Language and Culture.
Dennis Jones graduated in1982 with a Teachers Certificate from Lakehead University in Thunder Ba. In 1985 he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Native Studies from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and is currently working on a Masters of Indigenous Knowledge with the Seven Generations Educational Institute.
Sheila Orwickis a member of Naotkamegwanning First Nation and the Clan Bizhiw, Lynx. She received her BA/B.Ed from Lakehead University and is working on her thesis for a Masters of Science in Education. Over the last 10 years Sheila has taught at the elementary, high school and college levels; she has experience in school administration and teaching native language. She is currently the Anishinaabe Language Researcher at the Seven Generations Education Institute working on language retention and revitalization initiatives, Anishinaabemowin programming, and curriculum development.
Wawatay Native Communications Society (Newspaper Department) produced a digital news archive from examples of newspaper issues from its 30 years of publishing. Curriculum-ready interactive exercises make these news archive materials useful and appealing to students and teachers, especially for students attending high school in isolated communities that now lack culturally relevant digitized resource materials. A searchable database makes the text more accessible by enabling users to carry out keyword searches.
Alvin has been a Graphic Designer with Wawatay Native Communications Society since July 2001. Duties include the digital layout of the bi-weekly newspaper, numerous design and production contracts, and the coordination of the archive digitization project. He supervises two staff and has experience as a web-designer and Internet instructor with Shibogama First Nations Council.
Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute at M'Chigeeng (formerly West Bay First Nation) is hosting the last of an extensive series of Web Site Development workshops coordinated by the Ontario Regional Management Organization of Industry Canada's SchoolNet program. Click here to check out the pictures of this workshop.
Began back in the spring of 2003, Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff have now hosted more than 18 different training sessions to introduce the use of the open source content management program called Post Nuke to First Nation schools and students across the province. When Brian Walmark took on the challenge of coordinating these workshops back in October 2003, he used to say that he never thought of himself as a computer trainer. Today, he lead another workshop with a large group of educators from the First Nation schools on Manitoulin Island.
More than 80 First Nation education web sites have been started under this project. There is lots more work to do on each of these web sites but with this initial introduction and with these resources now available to this many schools, there is lots of opportunities for a widespread take up of these on-line tools in the new fiscal year. Click here to check out the First Nation school web sites.
April 28 - May 1 2004
Entry Fee: $800.00
Prizes will depend on # of teams entered
More info will be posted later or call (807) 774-5445
The Kanatakon School in Akwesasne was the host of the March 23-24, 2004 web construction workshop. This series of web site development workshops is being coordinated by Brian Walmark, Special Projects Coordinator for the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations SchoolNet RMO initiative. Click here to learn more about this series of workshops.
Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet program provided funding under their Regional Management Organization (RMO) to host a provincial Native Language conference. Participants from across the province traveled to Thunder Bay to learn and plan strategies for creating more on-line language resources. Watch the conference web site at http://language.firstnationschools.ca for the conference report and conference details.
On Tuesday, March 23 and Wednesday, March 24, the Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak met at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay to discuss 2004-2005 budgets and program plans for the next fiscal year. The meetings included presentations by Carl Seibel, Telecom Officer with FedNor and Brian Lawson, Liaison Officer with the Campbell Lake mines. As well, a special luncheon to honour the work the chiefs directed under the Smart Communities Demonstration project was held in conjunction with the Native Language Conference that was happening at the same time.
Next Course starts April 19, 2004. Call today (807)223-4970 for more information or to request a complete registration package.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff will continue to develop and maintain the web site created for the International Virtual Conference at ( http://smart.knet.ca/international).
All the archived live sessions are now available for viewing. Click here for the list of archived video conferences and webinar sessions.
Short videos from each of the KO Smart First Nations, profiling different applications and stories from the communities are also available on-line. Here is this video collection from the web site ....