SIOUX LOOKOUT FIRST NATIONS HEALTH AUTHORITY
The Sioux Lookout Anishinabe District Health Plan: What we have done and need to do?
What is the District Health Plan?
The District Health Plan is a planning project funded by the Province of Ontario and Health Canada through March 31, 2006. The goal is to provide better access to coordinated health services.
What we have done?
What needs to be done?
A tight timeline lies ahead to complete the design and implementation plan. The work includes:
For more information or to provide feedback contact the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority at 1-800-842-0681 and ask for the Communication Coordinators. Anna Mckay or Joe Beardy or email firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com Any input is welcomed, please share anything that you think is important in regards to health.
Broadband infrastructure and the assoicated applications such as telehealth are becoming a priority for national leaders. Presentations in recent days are indicating that leaders will be working to create new opportunities for communities to build the required broadband connections that will support various applications including telehealth (two way symmetrical video conferencing capabilities).
Grand Chief Phil Fontaine promised the participants in last week's AFN Telehealth Summit in Winnipeg that he will seek the resources required for all First Nations to be able to develop broadband infrastructure so they can access telehealth services.
Industry Minister Emerson made similar commitments during a presentation in Toronto (as reported by Canadian Press) ...
Minister seeks cash for renewed broadband push
TORONTO - Industry Minister David Emerson said Wednesday he will be seeking increased federal funding for initiatives to improve the country's broadband infrastructure, an essential component of high-speed Internet communications.
Canada's competitive advantage in terms of broadband communications has begun to slip and it's time for the federal government to make a renewed push to ensure the country doesn't fall behind, Emerson said.
"Without Internet access today, people and communities simply cannot get into the game. They're not able to get into the economic mainstream," Emerson said in a lunch-time speech to the Empire Club.
He added that the federal government needs to "finish the job" of building Canada's broadband capabilities, referring to initiatives championed by previous Liberal industry ministers.
"We've slowed down a bit in the past year, budgetarily, but we've cleaned up pretty well all of the projects that were started and I'm going to be asking for a budget enhancement to take it over the top," Emerson told reporters later.
He wouldn't say how much he would be asking for from Finance Minister Ralph Goodale for the next federal budget.
"Telecommunications and broadband technology are the most transformative technologies of our generation. It is the infrastructure that connects us with the global information economy. Canadians without high-speed access to the Internet will be increasingly out of the game... in terms of economic opportunities, education and even health care."
Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Telehealth (KOTH) initiative was highlighted at last week's AFN Telehealth Summit. The KOTH project involves the expansion of the telehealth services to include all twenty-five First Nations across the Sioux Lookout zone. The project is funded by Health Canada's Health Transition fund and FNIHB along with other partners including the First Nations, Industry Canada FedNor, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund and NORTH Network.
At the gathering, the KOTH booth was set up to demonstrate the various tools involved in operating this telehealth service in these remote communities. The booth was maintained by the Community Telehealth Coordinators (CTCs) who were able to attend this summit in Winnipeg. As well, the KOTH team delivered a number of presentations about their work during the various conference sessions. Click here to view some pictures from this gathering and the team involved in putting it together.
The new video production about the CTCs' work in each First Nation was premired at the booth, with parts of it being shown during the presentations. Cal Kenny, K-Net's Multi-media Producer, is working with his team to complete this video as part of a Canada Health Infoway initiative. Click here to watch this 17 minute video. (requires windows media player)
More updates on this video will be posted on the KOTH web site at http://telehealth.knet.ca
A memorial service for the late Curran Strang will be held on Wednesday September 27, 2005 at 2 pm. The service will be held at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School Gym with some singing and sharing.
Strang was last seen on last Thursday, September 22 at the Intercty area. His body was discovered five days later in that area by the Ontario Provincial Police Dive Team. According to a news release, foul play is not suspected.
PRESS RELEASE - A story of a young man's journey "home" and a spiritual quest for discovery.
Internationally Award Winning Film Maker Shirley Cheechoo premieres JOHNNY TOOTALL starring Adam Beach at imagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival.
Recognized internationally as the first Aboriginal person to write, direct, act and producer a dramatic, narrative feature, Shirley Cheechoo chose imagineNative as the Canadian premiere of her second film, JOHNNY TOOTALL. The cast is lead by Adam Beach and Sheila Tousey (Silent Tongue) and introduces newcomer Randi Knighton and rising stars, Nathaniel Arcand and Alex Rice.
"The growth of this festival since it's inception is phenomenal and I wanted JOHNNY TOOTALL to premiere at our own Aboriginal festival before screening it abroad." says Cheechoo, " This festival has an international reach and makes an important contribution giving us a wonderful arena for our voices to be heard."
JOHNNY TOOTALL is the opening night film at imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival 2005 in Toronto. Opening night screening is at 7pm, October 19th at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. West.
JOHNNY TOOTALL SYNOPSIS
JOHNNY TOOTALL is a film about re-birth, recovery and a metaphor for truth. It is the story of a young man's journey "home" and a spiritual quest for discovery of not only his true self but also a right of passage to re-claiming his own power.
Discharged from Bosnian war, Johnny carries the weight this war on his shoulders. He left the war with a dark and frightening secret, the murder of a young Bosnian boy that haunts him. But Johnny carries many demons. The death of his father, running from his destiny as Chief of the Band and abandoning the love of his life, Johnny must return home, the wolf spirit has called. Upon his return, he finds a new war. His estranged brother is leading his people in a revolt to save their sacred land. Johnny faces a dilemma; does he fight to save is people, or does he save himself. His journey will guide him to realizing that they are the same. In a blink, his world changes and in death, his brother guides him on a spirit walk to meet his destiny as leader of his people.
Directed by filmmaker Shirley Cheechoo, co-written by Andrew Genaille and Shirley Cheechoo, produced by Danielle Prohom Olson, JOHNNY TOOTALL was developed through CHUM's New VI Drama Initiative with Brightlight Pictures executive producing.
Starring Canadian actors, Adam Beach, ("Wind Talkers", "Smoke Signals"), Nathaniel Arcand ("Ginger Snaps 3", 'Black Cloud" and TV series "North of 60" and Alex Rice ("On The Corner" and "Thunderbird"). JOHNNY TOOTALL also stars American actor Sheila Tousey ("©~Law and Order©~ "Ravenous"). The film introduces a local island girl Randi Knighton, discovered during an open casting call in Nanaimo.
Info: imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival : 416-585-2333 and Shirley Cheechoo can be reached at 705.377.4141
Paddlers Arrive Parliament Hill
Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief Glenn Nolan and nine of the 15 paddlers who participated in a 3 month journey retracing the original treaty signing canoe route commemorating the centennial of James Bay Treaty No. 9 arrived at Parliament Hill Thursday September 15, 2005.
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NAN PADDLERS ARRIVE PARLIAMENT HILL
OTTAWA, ON Thursday September 15, 2005: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy, along with NAN Chiefs and representatives from the provincial and federal governments, today welcomed Missanabie Cree Chief Glenn Nolan and a group of nine paddlers at Turtle Island Native Village on Victoria Island just behind Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
“I am here today to not only acknowledge the long and historical journey of Chief Nolan and his team, but to deliver an empty scroll to representatives from both the Province and Canada,” said NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy.
As part of the two year centennial commemoration of James Bay Treaty No. 9, the blank scroll delivered by Chief Nolan and presented by Grand Chief Beardy indicates Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s position to work with provincial and federal governments to reaffirm the treaty signed 100 years ago.
“The people of Nishnawbe Aski are not benefiting from the current treaty relationship. Many of our communities are some of the poorest in the country, yet are considered some of the wealthiest in terms of natural resources,” said Beardy.
“It is my intent, with the participation of NAN Chiefs and both levels of government, to take the opportunity presented with this 100th anniversary to draw attention to the deficiencies of the treaty and reaffirm our treaty relationship by positively working together to ensure future mutual benefits of this relationship based on the original spirit and intent of the treaty.”
Chief Nolan’s three-month journey across NAN territory retraced the original route taken by British Commissioners when they visited seven of the fifteen signatory First Nation communities of James Bay Treaty No. 9 in 1905. The paddlers participated in all commemorative events that took place throughout NAN territory – an area covering two-thirds of Ontario, spanning North of the 51st parallel to the coasts of Hudson’s and James bays, east to Quebec’s border and west to Manitoba’s border.
"The treaty needs to be taken seriously and our people need to be viewed as full participants of the treaty,” said Chief Nolan who has paddled to seven NAN communities since his departure from Cat Lake First Nation June 21, 2005. “What I’ve seen on this trip is how vibrant our communities are. We have strong traditions and strong cultures and all this richness can’t be suppressed by the treaty.”
“After seeing all the challenges facing our communities to arrive in the extreme and almost perverse wealth that lines the Ottawa River makes you think where did that wealth come from?,” said Nolan. “This wealth comes from our land, the resources come from our land and there’s got to be a fair share of profits coming from those resources.”
James Bay Treaty No. 9 Centennial Commemoration will continue next summer as the remaining eight of the fifteen (total) of NAN’s 49 First Nation communities commemorate this historic anniversary on their respective treaty signing dates.
Financial support for commemorative events has been provided by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor). Corporate sponsors include Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund, Ontario Power Generation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, RBC Financial Group, Hydro One, Bowater, Old Post Resort and Village, Wasaya Airways LP, and City of Timmins and Economic Development Corporation.
The Treaty paddlers received contributions from Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, Domtar and Nova Craft Canoes.
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For more information please contact:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
(807) 625 4952
The Assembly of First Nations' Summit on Telehealth gathering that is opening today in Winnipeg, a team of Community Telehealth Coordinators along with their support team from Keewaytinook Okimakanak will be showcasing the tools and strategies they are utilizing to improve community wellness and health services in each of their First Nations. Their stories, demonstrations and experiences highlight the important work being accomplished in their communities as part of Keewaytinook Okimakanak's regional Telehealth project. This project is funded by Health Canada's Health Transition program.