Archive - Mar 2005

March 6th popularity continues to grow with over 30,000 daily visits in Feb. is another Keewaytinook Okimakanak on-line service that continues to grow in popularity. The DAILY average of visits in February was 30,583 with an average of over 2.8 million hits each day. The total number of visits to this server in February was 856,349 with nearly 80 million hits occurring in this short month! is primarily made up of personal homepages created and maintained by First Nation members across northern Ontario. There are over 14,000 homepages on this server today. This on-line space is rich in the sharing of personal experiences, stories, pictures and events. Everyone helps to make it the positive learning and sharing environment that the chiefs wanted to create by making sure the content on each page is suitable for all ages of people who check out these homepages.

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March 4th

Federal government to scrap plan to tax Aboriginal education funding


On Thursday, March 03, 2005, the Canadian Press reported that "The federal government will scrap a contentious proposal to tax grants for aboriginal college and university students ..."

The fight to entrench this right to education is still ongoing!!

"Native leaders across Canada protested when it was proposed that post-secondary funding received by about 30,000 native students a year should be taxed. ... Ottawa spends about $300 million a year to help aboriginal students go to school, but official policy denies that higher education is a native right. "

March 3rd

First Nation youth from across Ontario to gather in Thunder Bay March 18-20

The Chiefs of Ontario office, in partnership with the Union of  Ontario Indians is hosting "A gathering for First Nations youth in Ontario"

For more information or to register contact Nathan Wright at 1-877-517-6527 or by email at

Purpose: The purpose of the Symposium is to bring together a collection of youth and enhance their ability to return to their community to influence positive change. The theme of Social Development has been selected as a result of the rising social challenges that each individual First Nation faces.

Place: Valhalla Inn - Thunder Bay, Ontario

Time: March 18, 2005 to Sunday, March 20, 2005

Accommodations: Chiefs of Ontario will be covering the cost of accommodations for each registered delegate. Once registered, the Chiefs of Ontario will arrange your accommodations at the Valhalla Inn.

Meals: The Chiefs of Ontario will be providing meals for each registered delegate. Meals provided will include Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Saturday, as well as Breakfast and Lunch on Sunday. Meals will be available at the Valhalla Inn.

Travel: The Chiefs of Ontario will reimburse a portion of the travel for each delegate. Travel reimbursement forms will be available upon registration. Unfortunately, due to funding constraints, Chiefs of Ontario cannot commit to reimbursing full travel costs at this time.

Age: Delegates must be between the ages of 18-29.


32 First Nation hockey teams prepare for Northern First Nations Tournament

The 5th annual Northern First Nations Hockey Tournament is well on its way to being another success for everyone involved ... the hockey players, the organizers, the fans and the host community of Sioux Lookout. Tournament coordinator, Margaret Kenequanash promises another exciting week of hockey at the Sioux Lookout arena. The tournament's web site at has the schedule and the list of teams in each pool (see below).


Workshop on partnering with telecentres in Central and South America involves KO

Brian Walmark, Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Research Institute's Coordinator participated in a one-day workshop to discuss ways that Canadian and American community networks can support telecentres in Central and South America. Representatives of First Nations in Central and South America expressed an interest in coming to Canada to meet KO community members to learn how they are utilizing ICTs. Broadband applications including the Keewaytinook Internet High School and the KO Telehealth Initiative generated a lot of interests from the international visitors. The workshop was sponsored by Industry Canada's International Development Research Centre. The workshop was held in Vancouver following the Summit 2005 conference where the KO team of Jamie Ray, Tara Toulouse, Adam Fiser and Brian Walmark presented information about the KO Youth Employment Initiative.

March 2nd

Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak meet to review programs and services

On March 2 and 3, 2005, the chiefs from the First Nations of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill met with Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff to discuss programs and services being delivered by their organization. The chiefs form the Board of Directors for Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO). KO is a tribal council receiving annual funding support from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada for several of the core second level services delivered by the KO team.

Special guests at the meeting on the first day included Arun Dighe, Associate Regional Director and Joe Young, Financial Manager from INAC's regional office in Thunder Bay.

Click here to check out the pictures from the meeting.