Industry Canada First Nations SchoolNet & FedNor visit KO & First Nations

Three days of meetings and visits provided visitors from Industry Canada with a good overview about the importance of broadband connectivity for the people across northwestern Ontario. The visitors included:

  • Carl Seibel, Telecom Officer with FedNor in Thunder Bay,
  • Joe Poirier, First Nations SchoolNet Project Officer in Ottawa
  • Dan Winters, Broadband Program Technical Advisor in Ottawa

The visit agenda included a whirlwind visit to Slate Falls and North Caribou Lake First Nation on Wednesday to meet with the folks at the band offices, health centres and schools in each of these First Nations. Both communities were gracious hosts, providing us with clear directions to further develop opportunities for their local development of infrastructure and bandwidth. Click here to check out some of the pictures from this trip.

A four minute video of this trip, called "Learning about Broadband Uses in Slate Falls and Weagamow First Nations" was produced by Cal Kenny, K-Net's Multimedia Producer. This video can be viewed at

Meetings and tours were also held with

  • the Youth Workers who were attending their training workshop in Sioux Lookout
  • the Atlantic Regional Management Organization to discuss the development and importance of the First Nation regional networks and their role in supportingĀ the communities
  • the Sioux Lookout local infrastructure of the Kuhkenah Network and all the staff members
  • Pelican Falls First Nations High School
  • Keewaytinook Internet High School
  • Wahsa Distance Education Centre

Thanks to one and all who supported the KO team in helping to welcome our visits to this special part of northern Ontario!