Broadband Network Technician Employment & Training Project - Year 2

Keewaytinook Okimakanak is partnering with 16 Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities to deliver a Community Broadband Network Technicians employment and training project. The fifteen week, Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board funded project is employing a local technician from 16 First Nations. Each technician will work with the different organizations to help them prepare for the introduction of broadband infrastructure and services in their community. Starting September 9, 2002, an on-line training support program is being introduced to each of the project participants as a pilot e-learning environment. The new K-Net e-learning tool is adapted from the similar on-line tool developed for the Keewaytinook Internet High School. Training content and support is being provided by K-Net Services staff. First Nation workers include: Leroy McKoop,, Bearskin Lake FN Harlon Wesley,, Cat Lake FN Jeremy Sawanas,, Deer Lake FN Angus Miles,, Fort Severn FN Gerald Anderson,, Kasabonika FN Blue Mason,, Keewaywin FN Gary Albany,, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwog FN Margaret Lawson,, McDowell Lake FN Sean Kakegamic,, Muskrat Dam FN Martina Kanakakeesic,, North Caribou FN Paul Campbell,, North Spirit Lake FN Gabriel Wassaykeesic,, Poplar Hill FN Sarah Tait,, Sachigo Lake FN Michael Meekis,, Sandy Lake FN Lana Bighead,, Slate Falls FN Crystal Barkman,, Wapekeka FN This training project and the development of the e-learning training tool is part of the services funding under the Aboriginal Smart Communities Demonstration Project, a partnership between Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations with funding support from Industry Canada's Smart Communities Program, FedNor, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHF), INAC, HRDC - OLT, Health Canada's CHIPP project and SLAAMB.