A diesel generator, capable of ensuring the Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) is able to continue operating in case of local power outages, is being installed at the Keewaytinook Okimakanak building in Sioux Lookout. The building that will house this generator is now under construction.
LAC LA CROIX FIRST NATION, ONTARIO (November 16, 2005) - Ken Boshcoff, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Rainy River, announced today on behalf of the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, the opening of a new $8.5 million school at Lac La Croix First Nation
“This new school provides the children of the Lac La Croix First Nation with the atmosphere they need to help achieve their academic goals,” MP. Boshcoff. “The Government of Canada believes that we all have a role to play in helping to foster success and will continue to invest in First Nation education, culturally appropriate learning, and social and recreational development.”
The project was completed through a partnership between the Government of Canada and the First Nation. The Government of Canada, through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, provided $8.5 million for the project, while the First Nation managed planning, design and construction of the facility.
The new Kindergarten-Grade 12 facility is 1,545 square metres, and includes one Kindergarten room, six classrooms, a computer room, a multi-purpose room and a gymnasium. There is also a storage area and a staff and administration area. The space will accommodate up to 105 students.
“Our community is eager to implement its unique educational programming in a new facility where everyone can feel comfortable,” said Chief Larry Jourdain. “This new school is an investment in the future of our children, and our community.”
The Lac La Croix First Nation is located 220 kilometres west of Thunder Bay and has 1,000 members, 170 of whom live on reserve.
For further information, please contact:
Acting Senior Information Officer
Chief Larry Jourdain
Lac La Croix First Nation
Various groups are working hard to share and capture the WSIS experience online. As the United Nation's World Summit on the Information Society concludes today, it is important that highlights and current developments that are taking place in Tunis are made available to everyone.
The Association for Progressive Communications (APC - Internet and ICTs for Social Justice and Development) is an international network of civil society organisations that is supporting an ongoing blog of testimonials from WSIS participants. Check out how different people from around the world are feeling about this WSIS gathering at http://www.apc.org/english/wsis/blog/index.shtml
The UNESCO team is hosting a series of live webcasts that are also archived for later reference. The webcast agenda of UNESCO events at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the corresponding links follows:
16.11.2005 / 13.15 – 17.15 - On-demand - Workshop on ICT and persons with disabilities
16.11.2005 / 14.25 – 18.00 - On-demand - Case presentations: ICT and people with disabilities
17.11.05 / 10.25 – 12.30 - On-demand - Community Multimedia Centres
18.11.05 / 9.45 – 10.15 - Round Table on the Role of UNESCO in the Construction of Knowledge Societies through the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme
18.11.05 / 11.25 – 13.30 - Technologies for Communication
The current UNESCO event can be followed at: Live Webcast
As well, Angie Fiddler from Sandy Lake First Nation who is attending this event with a delegation of Aboriginal youth from Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet program is sharing her experiences on her personal web site at http://angiefiddler.myknet.org