The May 19 issue of Wawatay headlines "INAC insists on fourth study in effort to save mouldy school"
The reporter included an interview with the local MP, Roger Valley who clearly understands Fort Severn's concerns with the present school and its location with his comments in a side bar article about his visit to Fort Severn.
Wawatay News Vol.32 #10 (May 19, 2005)
Under Industry Canada's First Nations SchoolNet program, Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) is the Ontario Regional Management Organization providing a variety of support services for First Nation schools across the province.
Visits to the First Nation schools are providing the K-Net team with the latest information about the status of work that is required to ensure every First Nation is able to access broadband services for their community. As well, these visits are providing those communities that are planning for their broadband connections and applications with an opportunity to discuss and share development strategies and options so the local school is able to access broadband services. Various information documents are being shared to support the First Nations and their local schools in this community planning process. These documents and video material are available on-line and include:
This past week, Jamie Ray, K-Net's Helpdesk Technician made the trip to visit Constance Lake (elementary, high school, Adult Education and Alternative Education programs), Pic Mobert school, Pic River elementary and high school, Long Lake 58 elementary, Gingogaming high school, Aroland school and Rocky Bay school. Click here to check out the pictures from his visit to these schools.
On Thursday evening he wrote (in part) ... "Every place I stay at has no high speed in the community for connections in the hotels ... and trying to get on out on our dial-in service is next to impossible (busy all the time). So I was lucky tonight to have been able to dial-up to deliver this report ....
I spent some time with teachers and admin going through how to better control their internet connection and content filtering, discussed software (deepfreeze..cybersitter) and our experiences and recommendations for other schools like KiHS.
Also, lots of interest in moving connections into the community in Long Lake 58. .... And Rocky Bay's Ec Dev officer happened to have a meeting arranged next week with Fednor to discuss connections for that community.
All of the sites on the Superior Wireless connections are really eager and hoping for the upgrade to 10meg in Geraldton if it happens. I explained that we don't know if it will, and was careful to not make any false promises...but on the other had, I had to tell them this was in the works as any further building beyond the schools would add too much congestion to the shared T1 in Geraldton.
They all report that things have gotten a lot slower since the beginning.
In each community, where I could...I described the model community handout I had, and talked about options for getting connected and trying to make it sustainable. I was asked a couple times about $$$ for these types of things, especially in Long Lake 58. I know they are expecting some kind of follow-up in these terms, so I will prepare contact info for Brian to hopefully pick up where I left off. They were quite receptive, as well as Rocky Bay and Aroland, to us advising them in getting started and sharing our experiences.
Well...I'm out of breath, the words were flowing out faster than I could type. Unfortunately, I'd be here until Saturday trying to upload pics to the website. So I'll work on that as soon as I get something better than 19,200 dialup.Gotta love it."
Keewaytinook Okimakanak is partnering with the Kativik Regional Government (Nunavik region in northern Quebec) and the Keewatin Tribal Council (northern Manitoba) in the development and operation of the Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network.
This past week, the team presented a Notification of Interest to Industry Canada's National Satellite Initiative Round 2 for additional satellite bandwidth to accommodate the variety of broadband applications that are now being carried on the network. All forty remote, Indigenous communities partnering with NICSN fit the NSI round 2 objective of requiring "broadband access where satellite is the only practical solution".
Applications that include video conferencing such as the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Telehealth project, the Internet High School, the telehealth needs in both northern Quebec and Manitoba demand additional bandwidth to deliver the type of service that terrestrially connected communities are able to access.