Chief George Kakekaspan meets Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Chief George Kakekaspan, on behalf of Keewaytinook Okimakanak and the Fort Severn First Nation, accepts congratulations for the Kuh-ke-nah SMART Demonstration Project from the Honourable Dan Newman, Minister of Northern Development and Mines (see the picture). On March 20, 2001, Minister Newman, Chairperson for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation announced a $1.4 million contribution to Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Kuh-ke-nah project to assist in the construction of the telecommunication infrastructure required to carry the various telecommunication applications and services (education, health, justice, governance, etc). For more information about this announcement see NOHF Press Release (George's picture also appears on the Ministry Homepage)Chief Joe Kakegamic of North Spirit Lake First Nation and Chief Patrick Owen of Poplar Hill First Nation attended the announcement as well. Two other programs the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines provides funding support involves both Poplar Hill and North Spirit Lake. These announcements are also available on the ministry's web site. They are: * Ontario Government Invests $2.6 Million in Remote Winter Roads (See the story) * Four First Nations Communities Receive Funding For Plumbing Retrofits (See the story)