Fort Severn First Nation in Ontario is featured today at an international conference in the United States. A paper co-authored by Chief Matthew Kakekaspan will be presented by Brian Walmark, Research Director of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI) in Thunder Bay.
The paper - How the Washaho Cree Nation at Fort Severn is Using a â€śFirst Mile Approachâ€ť to Deliver Community Services â€“ describes how the community has taken a leadership role by developing community-led and supported services using broadband networks and information and communication technologies (ICT).
â€śWorking with our team from Keewaytinook Okimakanak, we were able to construct and begin using a satellite connection service in 2000 to do video conference meetings, access high speed Internet services and begin developing other on-line services such as Telemedicine and our Internet high school,â€ť explained Chief Kakekaspan. Over the past decade, his community has expanded its use of technologies and is a recognized leader in the use of ICT.
The Telecommunications Policy Research Conference (www.tprcweb.com) is hosted by George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA (Washington, DC).
â€śFort Severn is an excellent example of a remote First Nation community using advanced technology in innovative ways. I think many people attending the event will be surprised to learn how a small community, with limited resources, has been able to work with strategic partners to develop and manage technology to meet its needs,â€ť said Dr. Susan Oâ€™Donnell, Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick and a co-author on the conference paper.
Fort Severn First Nation recently published a comprehensive Technology Showcase on its website to document its achievements with technology: http://fortsevern.firstnation.ca/tech_showcase
The conference paper was produced by the research team of the VideoCom project, with partners Keewaytinook Okimakanak, the First Nations Education Council, Atlantic Canadaâ€™s First Nation Help Desk, and the University of New Brunswick. The full paper is available from the VideoCom website: http://meeting.knet.ca/mp19/mod/book/view.php?id=1722&chapterid=1441
Contact: For further information or to schedule an interview, contact Chief Matthew Kakekaspan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Brian Walmark (email@example.com).
Fort Severn First Nation: http://fortsevern.firstnation.ca
Keewaytinook Okimakinak: www.knet.ca
VideoCom project: http://videocom.firstnation.ca