Video Conferencing in North Spirit Lake (2001-05-02)

John Moreau and Lars Dixon (K-Net Technicians) went into North Spirit Lake the first week in May to install the new video conferencing unit at the North Spirit Lake SMART building. John put a lot of pictures around the community to document the local community network.
Check out the pictures

Network Operations

Due to a power failure by Ontario Hydro K-Net was out of power from 10:00 am to 5:54 pm May 22,2001. This affected the Mail and DNS server. Power has now been restored. Thank you for your patience.
Dan Pellerin

Different groups come together to support an on-line discussion forum

A new and innovative internet forum, Turning Point invites dialogue and creates a focal point to highlight cooperative efforts among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada. Keewaytinook Okimakanak is partnering with a number of groups to support this on-line forum for sharing and introducing matters that affect Aboriginal people across the country. Everyone is invited to participate in these discussions by visiting the Turning Point web site. As well a copy of the May 2001 Press Release announcing the forum is available.

Problem connecting with select Direcpc/MSAT computers.

May 9 - There is a problem dialing out and connecting to ENO for some of the Schoolnet computers. K-Net and ENO are working on the problem. More news will be posted.
May 14 - The problem was traced to a change in equipment in Ottawa and has now been corrected.
Dan Pellerin
Network Operations

Network access restored

Network access has been restored. The problem was a defective part in the Bell Canada Central office in Toronto. Thank you for your patience
Dan Pellerin
K-Net Services

Internet access problems for May 3rd.

Internet access was reduced this afternoon and this evening. The problems are occuring in Toronto. Our internet provider has been working on this and we are working with Bell Canada to determine where the problem is. We will post a second message here once it is corrected. The K-Net Email system is still flowing as this goes out over a different path. Thank you for your patience.
Dan Pellerin
K-Net Services.

Abe Scatch Memorial School web site is now on-line

Two teachers from Poplar Hill (Kurt MacRae and Tom Axtell) posted the Abe Scatch Memorial School web site on April 27, 2001. The web site was created using Netscape composer. Check out the school's web site at Tom writes ... "Next week, I will be working with the grade 8's to make their own simple pages to link to this site. You can let Kurt know he's joined the club!!"

Keewaytinook Okimakanak hosts Industry Canada - FedNor

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak and their staff hosted a feast and meeting with Industry Canada - FedNor staff (Louise Paquette, the Director General, Rob Stincombe, Northwest Regional Manager, Mitch Diabo, Heidi Strobl and Fran Duke) on Wednesday, April 25, 2001 in Balmertown. For more information visit the photo gallery for this gathering

Fire claims the life of a Sandy Lake woman

A tragedic early morning fire claimed the life of a Sandy Lake woman, Delilah Meekis, age 32 on April 13, 2001. As of this posting her partner Mervin Meekis age 38 is still missing. Fire Marshall Ralph Waffer from Thunder Bay And N.A.P.S Officer Sgt. Jim Hiller from Sioux Lookout are investigating. Investigators confirmed that Mervin Meekis was not in the building that was destroyed by fire. Aerial and ground search has now started on April 14 for Mervin Meekis. Today the body of Delilah Meekis will be flown out for autopsy. Funeral arrangements are panding autopsy completion. Delilah Meekis is leaving behind two young children.

Employment Opportunity - HEALTH PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Keewaytinook Okimakanak Health Program is seeking an individual to assist in carrying out services to its member First Nations in the area of health programming. This individual will be supervised by the Health Director.


  • Assist First Nations Health Coordinators with setting up and maintaining the health programs at the community including, but not limited to Brighter Futures and Long Term Care
  • Assist with updating community health needs assessments
  • Assist First Nations in establishing and providing health training programs
  • Assist in the development of proposals for community based initiatives
  • Assist in all other health department duties as needed


  • Post secondary education in nursing or social services preferred
  • minimum 2 years experience in the health field in the area of delivery of community based programs or equivalent
  • experience in facilitating workshops and training small groups
  • good writing skills for proposals, workplans and reports
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to travel extensively in the North
  • knowledge of First Nations in Treaty 5 & 9, an asset

SALARY Commensurate with experience

CLOSING DATE April 17, 2001

Please send resume with three references and covering letter to:

Hiring Committee
Keewaytinook Okimakanak
Box 340
Balmertown, Ontario
P0V 1C0

Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.