1st Annual Nish Women's Broomball Classic
Thunder Bay, Ontario, October 11-14 2002
Waswanipi Northern Stars 3 - $8,000.00
Moose Factory Islanders 2 - $4,000.00
Nibinamik Native Stars 2 - $2,000.00
Fort William Wolverines 1- $1,000.00
Mishkeegogamang 2 - $500.00
Michikan Lake Starz 1- $250.00
Congratulations to all the winning and participating teams!!! Thank you to all players, coaches, and fans who attended.
The tournament got off to a slow start with a few teams arriving late to Thunder Bay and missing their first game. All in all, the crowds were very good and a lot of people came out to support the teams. You could feel the excitement in the air as fans cheered on their teams.
The following cost breakdown is for your information: A total of $15,750. cash prizes were awarded along with $1,000. worth of trophies for the champs. A grand total of $16,750.00 went back to the teams. We depended on the door proceeds to off-set the costs of the tournament. We came up short but it was worth the cause for Nishnabe women in sports.
Thanks to our committee and volunteers for the long hours spent at the arena. If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email us. Meegwetch, Joanne Mamakeesic. 7th Generation Athletics Circle.
P.S. See you all next year!!
There was a Moose Hunting Derby held this past weekend from October 9 - 14/02. Lesia Loon hosted the derby that had three prizes to be won. The biggest bull received $1500, the cow fetched $1000 and there was a $500 prize for the smallest moose brought back to the community.
The winner for the bull was George Bighead, Kevin Loon won the prize for the cow and the smallest moose was bought in by Kevin Loon. Congratulations to those who won and to everyone who participated.
Brian delivered two presentations. The first one under the first theme:The Future of Community Networking: Civic Empowerment through Broadband Initiatives, Wireless, Mixed Media, etc. - Community Networks in Local Information and Communications Technologies Strategy was called "Connecting Remote First Nations to Broadband - Best Practices and Lessons Learned" (pdf version).
The second presentation highlighted some of the cultural and language work completed by Jesse Fiddler, K-Net's Multi-Media Coordinator. This presentation was under the theme:Cultural Diversity: Multiculturalismo and Multilinguisme on the Internet and was called Protection and Maintenance of the Original Languages of This Land (pdf version) - also available as the powerpoint presentation with the links for the audio. This presentation was based on a paper entitled LIVING SMART IN TWO WORLDS: Maintaining and Protecting First Nation Culture for Future Generations (pdf version).
The international coalition known as GlobalCN was founded in Barcelona in November 2000 following the first international meeting of community networks, christened GlobalCN 2000, which brought together 700 delegates from all continents and included representatives from government, international institutions and the private sector. Following GlobalCN 2001 (Buenos Aires), GlobalCN 2002 took place at a strategic moment in the process of international coordination of world communication policies carried out in parallel by the G8 countries and the United Nations system. The process will culminate in 2003 and 2005 with theUN World Summit on the Information Society.
The GlobalCN coalition has been invited to participate in this international process. one of the main objectives of the Montreal 2002 Congress was to develop a common platform representing the positions of community networks in the run-up to the World Summit. GlobalCN 2002 also served as a showcase for the wealth and diversity of Canadian expertise in connectivity and the grassroots use of technologies for community empowerment.
Dan Pellerin, K-Net's Network Manager, worked with Bell Canada (Bill Elliot and his team), Adcom (Dan House and his team) along with OFNTSC staff members (Jamie Monastyrski, Jim Taylor and Kevin Sherlock) to demonstrate the importance and potential of video conferencing services for conference participants. Bell Canada provided the connectivity at the conference and Adcom Videoconferencing provided the equipment to make the demonstrations possible. Dan worked with OFNTSC staff to coordinate and facilitate the busy schedule during the conference, including the set up, testing and actual video conferencing sessions.
The conference was opened by elder Elijah Stoney and Chief George Kakekaspan of Fort Severn First Nation joining conference participants by video conference. A little later during the opening ceremonies, three other First Nation video conference sites (Fort Frances, North Bay and Thunder Bay) were bridged together with the conference proceedings and invited to greet members of the audience.
The next day, during the full day trade show, Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Bell Canada and Adcom shared a booth that included live video conferencing sessions with KO First Nation band members located in their e-Centres (North Spirit Lake, Deer Lake, Keewaywin and Fort Severn). on Thursday, Dan worked with OFNTSC staff members to present information about video conferencing challenges and opportunities.
The Canadian Society of Telehealth annual conference included two different sessions featuring the work of Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Health Team. This year's conference was held in Vancouver, BC on October 3 to 5 and featured guests from across the country.
Orpah McKenzie, KO's Health Director worked with Drs. Fran Edye, C Keresztes and Claudette Chase to share their experience in the presentation entitled "ISOLATION AND ACCESS: EVALUATING A FIRST NATIONS TELEPSYCHIATRY PILOT PROJECT IN REMOTE OJIBWAY AND OJI-CREE COMMUNITIES"(in PDF format). Donna Williams, KO's Telehealth Educator worked with several KO First Nation Telehealth Coordinators to present their experience of delivering "THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY TELEHEALTH COORDINATORS IN FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES".
Keewaytinook Okimakanak was well represented at this year's CST conference with First Nation Health Directors and Telehealth Coordinators joining KO's Telehealth Team in Vancouver. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity sharing their experiences with others and learning about new telehealth opportunities.
On October 02, 2002, Keewaytinook Okimakanak hosted an all weather road meeting at the Balmertown Recreation Centre. It was attended by approximately 43 people from the Red Lake district First Nations of Pikangikum, Deer Lake, North Spirit Lake, Poplar Hill, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake and Sandy Lake. Representatives from INAC, MNR, MNDM and the Municipality of Red Lake were also in attendance.
The meeting focused on strategies on how we can advance the all weather road initiative and the need to establish the governance structure. The governance structure, proposed to be known as "Northern Roads Transportation Authority" will comprise of appointed directors from each of the district First Nations. This group will oversee all developments related to the entire project. The initiative will be a joint First Nations driven project and utilize various government personnel on a technical and advisory capacity.
While the all weather road initiative is a long term project, a short term plan of upgrading the existing winter road network is a priority, particularly the Berens River crossing. The warming climate is a major concern to all users of the winter road.
Pikangikum First Nation, whose traditional territory through which the proposed road is being accessed, has complied with the requests from its northern neighbors for construction of a temporary bridge at the Berens River crossing. This would be used during the winter road season only. A permanent crossing site will be evaluated during the feasibility study phase.
More meetings are being planned in the coming weeks. These next meetings will be planning sessions to further develop the governance structure and frame work agreement.
Matawa First Nations Management staff organized a planning meeting with different stakeholders to determine a strategy to access the resources required to bring broadband connectivity and applications to their member First Nations.
Representatives from Nishnawbe Aski Nation (Gordon Kakegamic), Matawa (Paul Capon, John Cole), FedNor (Carl Seibel) and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Brian Beaton) met by video conference discussing Industry Canada's Broadband for Rural and Northern Development (BRAND) program and how everyone can work together to ensure EVERY First Nation across Treaty 9 territory is included in this initiative.
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation's Annual Conference, "Tradition and Technology for a Better Tomorrow" was opened by Fort Severn Elder Elijah Stoney and Chief George Kakakespan joining the conference by video conference. Elder Elijah Stoney said a prayer for the gathering from the Fort Severn First Nation band office. Chief George Kakekaspan said a few words to the conference participants about the importance of these communication tools for his community.
Working in partnership with Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Bell Canada and Adcom, OFNTSC Conference participants will be able to link with different Tribal Councils and First Nations that have access to video conferencing services during the trade show scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 9. A workshop session is also scheduled for Thursday to discuss the different issues surrounding developing and sustaining video conferencing connections in the different organizations and First Nations.
See additional pictures at http://photos.knet.ca/OFNTSC-conference
Fort William First Nation had it's open house on September 20, 2002. Initially things were slow, but picked up in mid afternoon. We had about 15 people from around the community come and check out our site. A few showed interest in enrollment into the program, so, hopefully we will have some more new faces around the KiHS center here in FWFN. We have a picture of the school attached. Come and visit us anytime!
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Classroom Technician...Aaron H
Aaron B., Luke B. Andrew P., Kara P., Coty K., Joseph C., Trevor W., Nathan M., Jesse B., George S., Rob M., Summer B., Jamie B., Brenda H., Terry L., Lyle P., Sara G., Lucas S...and more to come!!!