Dan Pellerin, K-Net's Network Manager left Monday, June 21 to attend meetings with the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) in the Nunivik Region of Northern Quebec. Meetings are being held to discuss strategies for utilizing the existing NSI satellite bandwidth to serve the different applications in the 14 KRG communities. The Kativik Health Authority is also meeting with KRG and K-Net to determine how to access the bandwidth they require for their telehealth applications.
Travelling from Sioux Lookout to Winnipeg and then on to Montreal and finally up to Kuujjaq required one overnight in Montreal. While in Winnipeg, Dan met with the Manitoba government's Provincial Data Network (PDN) to discuss ways to partner with the Keewatin Tribal Council's efforts to connect satellite served remote First Nations into the Kuhkenah satellite network.
Raymond Pong, PhD, Research Director and Professor with the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research at Laurentian University visited K-Net at the Sioux Lookout office of Keewaytinook Okimakanak on Wednesday, June 23. Dr. Pong is part of the team of researchers working with Keewaytinook Okimakanak to complete the evalution of the KO Telehealth project.
The day before, Dr. Pong, Orpah McKenzie and Mae Katt video conferenced from the class of graduate research students at Lakehead University with Darlene Rae at the North Spirit Lake Nursing Station. During discussions, Dr. Pong emphasized the importance of these connections with the northern communications to help both students and faculty understand the realites and challenges facing everyone in remote First Nations.
Today, Dr. Pong, along with Nancy Grieves (Service Migration Coordinator for the KO Telehealth project) and Brian Beaton, participated in a number of informal meetings including:
Lakehead University Dean of Education impressed with KiHS and other KO ICT applications...
The June 17 issue of Wawatay News contained the story, "Pikangikum ready to share knowledge through education" ... forming the Whitefeather Forest Research cooperative with three universities, Sault College. The entire story can be read on the Wawatay News web site (click here).
The development of another community based Research group complements Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Research Institute which the Chiefs of KO established over the past year with the support of various partnerships. As more First Nations and First Nation organizations develop their research teams, KO looks forward to increased interest from institutions and corporations to develop new partnerships and relationships that benefit the Nishnawbe Aski.