K-Net surpasses 1 million hits in the month of May

The usage for the K-Net web site is on an increase with 1,201,050 hits recorded in the month of May. Visitors from all over the world are coming to K-Net to see the different services being developed in the KO First Nations. To see the actual statistics follow these steps: From the K-Net Homepage (http://knet.on.ca) click on the KO Network icon to get to the Kuh-ke-nah Network Operations. Then under Directory, click on Monitoring (http://tech.knet.on.ca/tech/monitoring) and then select "webalizer" and the "knet" folder to see the Usage Statistics for knet.on.ca For more details about each month's activities, just click on the month.

Keewaywin School Hosts Career Week

The week of May 28 was Career Fair Week at the elementary school in Keewaywin First Nation. Guests arrived all week long and were invited into each of the classrooms in the school. The students and teachers worked hard to prepare a warm welcome for everyone who was able to attend the Career Week.

Congratulations to everyone in Keewaywin School involved in making this Career Week such a successful experience for everyone.

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Our New Plane In Weagamow

On Thursday May 31, 2001, the new airplane owned by Weagamow Air will be arriving to serve our community. Weagamow has now bought a nine seater plane. Everyone in Weagamow is talking about what they will use the plane for when it arrives ... ..God Bless You all......... ....James.Benson@Weagamow

Men's Softball Tournament

This baseball tournament is in memory of the late Allan(champion) Crowe whom many of you knew was a very active sportsperson and the late Andy (magic) Day who played with the Punch baseball team (Sandy Lake). They will never be forgotten through their game.

The championship prize is $10,000 and the championship runners up is $5,000. The consolation prize will be $3,000 and consolation runners up is $2,000. Thats why we dubbed it "THE BIG ONE".

If you would like more information on this please call (807) 774-5124 or 774-4583.
Please come and play with us this July 11,12,13,&14.


May 28, 2001
To: My Family, Friends, Relatives from all over the North and especially the Chief and Council of Deer Lake First Nation.

On Sunday May 20, 2001. I lost my son in an accident involving a Drunk-Driver. My son lost his life at the tender age of 14 years with a vibrant life ahead of him with major dreams and aspirations. He considered education an important part of his life. He was planning to attend a trip to Toronto with his fellow class mates in Grade nine at David Meekis Memorial School.

He was happy, outgoing, and full of life. He had many friends and family in the community. He enjoyed the outdoors, and loved to go camping. He also enjoyed hunting, and fishing with all his uncles and especially his grandfather, Victor Meekis.

Message to everyone and the Youth
Please if you drink, don't drive. Life is short and precious. The loss of a loved one, especially your own, can end in a blink of an eye. So be safe and be well. I would also like to take this opportunity to say Thank-You for your support and your loving nature.

To the grade nine students of Deer Lake First Nation. Please continue your education and follow your dreams as Vernon would have wanted you to.


Vicki Meekis, Deer Lake First Nation

NORTH Network Telehealth Planning Session In Sioux Lookout

The telehealth planning group met at the Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital on Friday May 25 to discuss the NORTH Network (http://www.northnetwork.com) initiative that recently received funding from Health Canada (CHIPP program) to develop telehealth services in partnership with a number of health service providers in Northern Ontario. Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations and their Kuh-ke-nah SMART initiative are the only First Nation groups included in this 18 month demonstration project. We were represented at the meeting by community health representatives from Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill, along with other Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff and resource people. Doctors, nurses and administrators providing services across the Sioux Lookout region (from the Zone Hospital, IFNA program and the Sioux Lookout Disctrict Health Centre) attended the session to learn about this project and how these new services can be used in their work. Doctors, nurses and staff from Toronto, Timmins and Thunder Bay who are working with the NORTH Network also attended. Check out the pictures from the meeting

The day before Dr. Ed Brown, Director of the NORTH Network project, met in Balmertown with Dr. Aaron Feldstein and Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff to discuss strategies for making the telehealth project work in KO First Nation health centres.

North Spirit Lake continues to plan for the SMART project

Galin Kora, Ricardo Ramírez and Brian Beaton travelled to North Spirit Lake First Nation on May 23 -25, to meet with the Chief and Council and other community members to discuss and plan for Keewaytinook Okimakanak's SMART initiative. Galin and Ricardo work with Telecommons Development Group (http://www.telecommons.com) which is partnering with Keewaytinook Okimakanak to develop a set of tools that will be used to gather information about how ICTs are being used in the First Nations to affect economic and social changes. Together with the community, plans are being made to prepare for a community workshop in the fall that will examine how community members and groups want to use ICTs within their community over the next three years.

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SMART Community Consultation preparation

TeleCommons Development Group staff member Galin Kora (partners in KO's SMART project) spent the week of May 14 in Sioux Lookout preparing presentation materials for trips to each of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations. This part of the SMART initiative involves both the community engagement and project evaluation components where tools are prepared in consultation with the First Nations to assist them in planning and evaluating the project. Video conference meetings were held with the different sites that were going to be visited the following week. Check out the pictures

Fort Severn Hosts Community Healing Workshop (May 4)

Fort Severn First Nation hosted a workshop for young people, parents, community leaders on the weekend of May 4, 5 and 6 (the first snow geese were just arriving). The Local Education Authority and school staff worked to raise the funds to bring Jerry Harmon of the Recovery Foundation back to Fort Severn to deliver a second community workshop entitled Building A Bridge for Change - Bringing Youth and Adults Together.
All the participants of this year's school trip participated in this workshop as part of their preparation for this exchange program with Port Alberni students. (the Fort Severn First Nation - Port Alberni, British Columbia Exchange Program, May 6 - May 15, 2001)
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Visit to Fort Severn by Canadian Heritage (2001-05-03)

Peter Homulos, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage travelled with Brian Beaton to Fort Severn First Nation to meet with the Chief and Council and other community members about Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Native Language proposal.
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