Tony Belcourt, president of the Metis Nation of Ontario and Gary Lipinski, chair of the MNO took time during their visit to Thunder Bay for the 5th annual Metchief Conference to visit the KORI offices.
During the stop, Tony and Gary talked with Brian Beaton and Carl Seibel in Sioux Lookout via videoconference and with Kevin Houghton in Balmertown via IP telephone. Discussions about MNO's mental health initiative using video conferencing provided an opportunity for everyone to learn about this new initiative.
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Goyce Kakegamic welcomed the two leaders to Northern Ontario and will address the language conference on Saturday morning.
Wes McKay briefed the Metis leaders on a variety of KO applications including G8, KiHS, KOTH and the on-line special education workshops for classroom teachers in remote and isolated First Nation schools. Franz Seibel briefed the guests on the "Meet Me" initiative and the business case for IP telephony.
Brian Walmark thanked the Metis leaders for visiting the KO offices and presented them with KORI shirts.