The new antennaes are now being installed by the Thunder Bay team involving a partnership between Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Matawa. The team is working with Superior Wireless to install the Aperto antennaes that will deliver the quality of service required to host video conferencing services from the partner sites.
Visit the project web site at http://www.research.knet.ca/meet_me/home for more information and pictures of the installs.
A meeting with Superior Wireless on Friday, July 7 provided everyone with the latest update on the progress of the work for this project.
216 Algoma Street is now the new official home for the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute. Click here to see some pictures of the new building.
Wawatay Native Communications Society's Thunder Bay office moved into the building in the middle of June. The KORI team completed their move at the end of June.
All the broadband connections are now in place supporting the high speed data, IP telephones and the IP videoconferencing. Click here to see the pictures of the connections.
There is still some unpacking to complete and arranging of furniture but everyone seems very pleased with their new facilities.
Everyone is invited to stop by for a coffee anytime.
Nishnawbe Aski Press Release
NAN community leadership and members condemn hostel
SIOUX LOOKOUT, ON, July 7 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler (NAN health portfolio holder) together with NAN Grand Chief Stan Beardy, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, Lac Seul First Nation Chief David Gordon, Sandy Lake First Nation Chief Pardemus Anishinabie, and community members of Sioux Lookout and surrounding First Nations declared the Sioux Lookout Hostel condemned, officially closing its doors yesterday at noon.
"The health and safety of the people who access the services of the Hostel is being compromised daily by old heat and water systems, mould, and asbestos," said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, adding the construction of a new Hostel is part of an agreement made almost ten years ago.
"We're still committed to working with Health Canada and would reconsider re-opening the Hostel if we can secure a ministerial guarantee, however at this point in time and for the safety of our people we have no choice but to close the doors."
A four party agreement to build a new hospital and hostel in Sioux Lookout was signed April 1997 by the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation plus four Treaty 3 communities. As part of this agreement the Sioux Lookout Hostel was deemed an essential support service for First Nation members across Ontario and the Government of Canada promised to provide or ensure the availability of funding for a new building.
The condemnation comes after a Wednesday meeting with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch Assistant Deputy Minister Ian Potter who could not commit to the construction of a new building until the House of Commons sits again Fall 2006.
The construction of the $84 million new Meno Ya Win Health Centre is scheduled to begin this summer with expectation to be available for occupancy 2009.
To date there is no official plan for construction of a new Hostel that will cost approximately $9 million.
The current Hostel with 39 beds is 57 years old and requires heat and water upgrades. There is asbestos and mould in the building and there are only 2 co-ed washrooms.
"I urge all parties to continue to work together to address this very vital issue. We have been given some assurances by the federal government, but what we want is a concrete commitment," said AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine. "We must ensure that this essential support service - a hostel that meets the basic standards most Canadians take for granted - is in place as quickly as possible."
Despite yesterday's condemnation of the Sioux Lookout Hostel, the current Hostel residents will continue to receive support services as part of an alternate care plan being developed by Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and NAN.
"The doors are closing today, but an alternate care plan in terms of transportation, accommodation, and health care is in place for the current patients residing at the Hostel," Fiddler said yesterday.
The hostel houses patients from more than 30 First Nation communities across Northwestern Ontario when receiving medical care from Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre (Sioux Lookout Zone hospital and Sioux Lookout District hospital). Health services are provided to all residents within Sioux Lookout and surrounding area, including NAN First Nation communities north of Sioux Lookout, Lac Seul First Nation, and residents of Pickle Lake and Savant Lake.
/For further information: Jenna Young, Director of Communications, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4952, (807) 628-3953 (mobile); Bryan Hendry, Communications Officer - Health, Assembly of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 OR (613) 293-6106 (mobile)/
The Kuhkenah Network Operations Centre backup power system performed 100% last night when the main hydro line from Dryden had a massive failure starting shortly before 5 pm.
When the blackout began the switch over from the battery system to the generators went smoothly. The generator at the satellite hub site kept the 38 satellite served communities across the northern parts of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba online. The generator at the K-Net Operations Centre kept all the servers and services online. The battery supply for the fibre hub kept that circuit operational and the Bell Canada system was able to remain online throughout the 7 hour blackout.
The back-up system is now certified as full functional!
Thanks to Industry Canada FedNor for the investment in the backup system.
From the Ministerial Advisory Council on Rural Health at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rh-sr/advis_e.html
Up to one-third of Canadians live in rural, remote, isolated or northern areas of the country ...
The report "Rural Health in Rural Hands: Strategic Directions for Rural, Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities" at - http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/rh-sr/rural_hands-mains_rurales_e.html
An important letter to the editor in the Sioux Bulletin, July 5 ...
Mismatch in healthcare needs
By Pete Sarsfield, MD, FRCP©, Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer Northwestern Health Unit
Health Canada’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Rural Health recently stated, "There is a fundamental mismatch between the health care needs of people living in rural Canada and the availability of health care providers and health services." (Rural Health in Rural Hands: Strategic Directions for Rural, Remote, Northern and Aboriginal Communities, p.2).
This astute and accurate statement regarding a key " fundamental mismatch" includes public health (prevention, promotion/protection) services and providers, by both implication and reality. For example, the availability of public health practitioners and public health services and programs in the Kenora and Rainy River Districts of Northwestern Ontario does not match the need for disease prevention, health promotion and health protection. We are experiencing a fundamental mismatch, especially our smaller communities, the region’s First Nation (Reserve) communities, and the residents of the unincorporated areas.
Of these three - the small communities, the unincorporated areas and the Reserves - the public health service/program situation facing First Nation communities exemplifies the greatest mismatch between need and service. I have lived, worked, and travelled in this region for over 12 years, and during that time have made the following observations:
The present fundamental mismatch facing rural and remote residents is destructive and dangerous for both rural/remote and urban residents. The present situation should not continue to be tolerated, not by us or the organizations we represent, and not by our representative governments. I propose that we find remedies for this harmful mismatch of need and service, and that we do so in 2006.
"Ashawaga Anishinawbe Mamow Oshka win"
Traditional Healing Gathering and Powwow on July 26 to 30, 2006
"Absolutely No Alcohol and Drugs at any time."
More information: please call (807) 479 2530 and (807) 479 2745
Calling all dancers.
Welcome to our traditional gathering. We are pleased to announce our Gathering of Healing and the Traditional powwow. Our healing starts from within and sharing it to move in theTraditional way.
Everyone is welcomed to join in our sacred gathering.
Join the great spirit of the dances and the songs and the gifts, the ceremonies, the anishinawbe pride all throughout the Anishinawbe Nation!
The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak are meeting in Balmertown as a regular board of directors meeting for their organization on July 5 and 6, 2006.
The six Chiefs of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak include:
Guest presenters include:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Press Release ...
NAN and AFN to seek commitment to former agreement to construct Sioux Lookout Zone hostel
THUNDER BAY, ON, July 4 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler together with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, Lac Seul First Nation Chief David Gordon, and Sandy Lake First Nation Chief Pardemus Anishinabie, will host a news conference in Sioux Lookout Thursday to announce the results of a Wednesday meeting with Assistant Deputy Minister of First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (a division of Health Canada).
* Please note: Supporters will gather at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre at 11:30 a.m. prior to walking to the Hostel
The group is meeting with Assistant Deputy Minister Ian Potter to seek a formal commitment to start construction of a new hostel in Sioux Lookout - part of a 1997 four-party agreement between the Governments of Canada and Ontario, the Municipality of Sioux Lookout, and Nishnawbe Aski Nation plus four Treaty 3 communities to build a new hospital in Sioux Lookout.
Depending on the outcome of Wednesday's meeting taking place in Ottawa, First Nation community leadership and members are prepared to close the doors and label condemned the 57-year-old, 39-bed hostel containing asbestos, mould, graffiti-covered walls, and only two co-ed washrooms.
As an essential support to hospital services, the hostel houses patients from more than 30 First Nation communities across Northwestern Ontario when receiving medical care from Sioux Lookout Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre (Sioux Lookout Zone hospital and Sioux Lookout District hospital). Health services are provided to all residents within Sioux Lookout and surrounding area, including NAN First Nation communities north of Sioux Lookout, Lac Seul First Nation, and residents of Pickle Lake and Savant Lake.
/For further information: Jenna Young, Director of Communications, Nishnawbe Aski Nation, (807) 625-4952 or (807) 628-3953 mobile; Bryan Hendry, Communications Officer - Health, Assembly of First Nations, (613) 241-6789 or (613) 293-6106
View Photos Here
NISHNAWBE ASKI NATION OFFICIAL CANDIDATE LIST
Tuesday, July 4 2006
As per the NAN Election Code the following is the official list of candidates for the NAN Election to be held on Thursday August 3rd 2006 in Sachigo Lake First Nation. Click here for a copy of the PDF document from circulated from NAN.
A list of the candidates for Grand Chief and for Deputy Grand Chiefs shall be circulated by facsimile and mail to all NAN First Nations and Tribal Councils within seven days after the closing date for nominations, which is 30 days before the date of the election.
Grand Chief Nominations (By Chiefs)
Deputy Grand Chief Nominations (By Chiefs)
Prepared By: Alanna McKenzie, NAN/Canada Bilateral Protocol Coordinator
Approved By: Larry Amos, Head Electoral Officer
Mr. Larry Amos
Head Electoral Officer
166 Anderson Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R2W 1E2
From the official North American Indigenous Games web site at http://www.naig2006.com
From July 2-8, 2006, Denver, Colorado, is the cultural heart of North America as the host city of the 2006 NAIG.
The 2006 NAIG are a phenomenal celebration of sport and culture for North American Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). There are 7,500 representing 31 Delegations from across the U.S. and Canada! An additional 30,000 supporters and spectators will also be participating.
2006 NAIG is a large-scale multi-sport and culture celebration offering competition in 16 sports for youth between the ages 13-19 and adults ages 20 and over that features an opening & closing ceremonies and cultural village featuring an Opening & Closing ceremony and Cultural Village.
The Team Ontario delegation web site can be found at http://www.oasc.net/naig2006/naig2006.htm on the Ontario Aboriginal Sport Circle web site.
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