Pelican Falls High School Compete with the DFC ThunderHawks

On Saturday, January, 19, The Pelican Falls First Nations High School's hockey team and the undefeated Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School's ThunderHawks will be playing at the Sioux Lookout Memorial Arena. The show, starting at 7pm, will be a good one said one student as he was walking to his Class.

Youth Hockey Tournament

Bimaychikamah Wolf Pack 1st Annual Invitational Youth Hockey Tournament is scheduled for February 8-10, 2001. The entry fee is $300.00/Team and it is open to both boys and girls, ages 9-13. There should be at least one player representing the respective age group. The tournament will be played in an outdoor rink setting. For more information or if interested please contact myself at Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2002 at 12:00 p.m..

FIRST NATIONS CONNECT Conference - Feb 11 to 14, 2002


February 11 to 14, 2002 in Thunder Bay, ON
Conference Poster Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Kuh-ke-nah Network (K-Net) and Nishnawbe Aski Nation are inviting representatives from each Nishnawbe Aski Nation community to a conference to explore strategies and applications that will support building a NAN wide network that connects all the First Nations using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). We are asking that each NAN First Nations send one local champion who will participate in all aspects of the conference to determine the best strategy to have your community connected to this network. All the conference information is being made available on-line at as it is produced for distribution. Be sure to visit for the latest updates. For Conference Registration Information, please contact: Cheryl Bechard Keewaytinook Okimakanak Box 340, 127 Mine Road Balmertown, ON P0V 1C0 Tel: 1-800-387-3740 Fax: 1-807-735-1383 Conference Questions? Call 807-735-1381 or 800-387-3740 and ask for David OR 807-737-1135 (Toll Free: 1-877-737-KNET (5638) and ask for Brian

Zone Hospital Has Their Telemedicine Equipment connected to K-Net

The Zone Hospital is now set up with the Adcom telemedicine suite in their renovated clinic / examination room and a videoconferencing unit located in their library. This equipment is presently connected to the K-Net Network so meetings and CME can be conducted using either unit. These units are part of the NORTH Network Telehealth Initiative that will provide a connection to the hospitals across Northern Ontario (including Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, the Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital in Red Lake, etc), as well as connections to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg and Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto (and several other health programs and services) for a complete selection of telemedicine services. Funding for this $17 million project is coming from Health Canada (CHIPP), Industry Canada (FedNor), Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC), the Ministry of Health, all the project partners and many other programs and projects across the province. During the installation (January 9, 10 and 11), the Adcom Technician (Gus) worked with Barbara Roche (the Zone Hospital's Telehealth Coordinator), John Moreau (K-Net Helpdesk Coordinator / Technician) and many others to test and troubleshoot the equipment. A number of pictures were taken of the equipment, the locations, the tests, the training and the people involved. These pictures can be found at For more information, contact Barbara Roche at the Zone Hospital (737-3030), John Rowlandson (Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Telehealth Project Manager) or Christine Penner Polle (KO's Telehealth Coordinator) at 800-387-3740.

Native Gay youth should be them ownselves

What should be done to stop people from fighting and killing each other from this subject called "Gay". Many young people should know how it feels to be alone because their friends have turned them down and they have felt many loniness and no one in our own community knows how bad it hurts... I think everyone should treat everyone with repect... As for me, as a 17 year old, I find it so stupid when people mistreat each other. We're in CANADA for crying out loud. Everyone needs to treat each other with kindness....

My Weagamow Family welcomes new arrivals!

The Quequish-Roundhead-Petawanick family welcomes new babies! 2 beautiful baby girls! Penelope Renee Victoria & Kimberly Saralyn Storm Roundhead... And there are more that I cannot begin to name!

James Bartleman named Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien today announced the appointment of James K. Bartleman as the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. A distinguished career diplomat, Mr. Bartleman is also a member of the Minjikanig First Nation of Ontario and the first Aboriginal to be named Lieutenant-Governor of the province. James Bartleman is one of Canada's most accomplished diplomats, with a record of serving in some of the most highly sensitive foreign affairs positions in the Canadian government. A member of the Minjikanig First Nation of Ontario, he has achieved the highest rank in the Foreign Service of any Canadian Aboriginal and is the first Aboriginal to be named Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario. At the time of this appointment, Mr. Bartleman was Head of the Canadian Mission to the European Union. From 1994-98, he was Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Foreign and Defence Policy. Mr. Bartleman has also served as Director General, Bureau of Intelligence and Director General, Economic Intelligence Bureau at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. From 1998-99, Mr. Bartleman was High Commissioner to South Africa. From 1999-2000 he was High Commissioner to Australia. In 1990, he served in Brussels as Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the Canadian Joint Delegation to the North Atlantic Council. From 1981-83, he was Ambassador to Cuba. From 1986-90, he was Ambassador to Israel. In 1999, Mr. Bartleman received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the category of Public Service. Mr. Bartleman was born in Orillia, Ontario, and received his elementary and secondary education in Port Carling, Muskoka. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History from the University of Western Ontario in 1963. He is married to Marie-Jeanne Bartleman and they have three children. PMO Press Office: (613) 957-5555

Weagamow Does Another Year of Christmas Activities

Residents of Weagamow Lake, were quite happy with this year's activities. Which kicked off on December 1st till January 2nd. Everyone in the reserve participated in such events such as, radio games (also televised), sliding, and the skidoo train which drew half of the community. Kids watched along the streets of Weagamow as the Santa Claus parade began... Every year when Santa comes to Weagamow, he get's slimmer and slimmer .... (I wonder what he does?) For more about this years games and events be sure to check out the Wawatay news in the coming weeks.

KO Chiefs Meet in Winnipeg - Dec 18, 19, 2001

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak held their regular Board meeting in Winnipeg the week of December 17. A Christmas feast was held and presents were given to each of the chiefs from the KO staff (beautiful vests with their First Nation's crest hand sewn by Linda Kay Peters). See the pictures of the KO Board meeting and Xmas feast. Guest presentations were given at the meeting by the following resource people: * Nishnawbe Aski Nation leadership (Grand Chief Stan Beardy, Deputy Grand Chiefs Raymond Ferris and Goyce Kakegamic) * Nishnawbe Aski Nation staff (David Paul Achneepineskum - Executive Director, Maggie Chisel - Health Planner, Mike Morris, Far North Fire Management Program Coordinator) * FedNor (Carl Seibel and Mitch Diabo) * SLAAMB (Bob Bruyere) KO Staff presentations / updates included: * Telehealth and Health - Orpah McKenzie and John Rowlandson * Economic Development - David Neegan * Public Works - Peter Campbell and Barry Strachan * Finance - Penny Carpenter * Education - Jim Teskey * Smart Project - Brian Beaton

Keewaywin Band Administration and staff Party

Keewaywin Staff had their christmas party last night. It was a pretty good turnout, considering that most of the staff were already on Holidays. The evening started out quiet. We had the Chief say a few words and a prayer was said to start off the evening. A couple of people talked about Christmas and what it means to them and there was some comparing about what Christmas is about from the old days and what it is now. The councillors also talked about their childhood days when they were waiting for their gifts. Back then they got rabbits or other food for presents. Pop was only a nickle back then, or there wasn't even pop then. It was a good time and jokes and riddles were also passed around. The present opening was great and a buffet style spread was on the table with lots of goodies. for pictures click on Keewaywin Band Office Xmas Party Photos