Keewaytinook Internet High School

KiHS Accepting Applications For 2004/2005 School Year!

KiHS is gearing up for a new school year in 13 First Nation communities.  If you are in one of our partner communities and would to apply to take grade 9 and 10 courses online using the latest technological resources, contact your local KiHS Steering Committee Member or call our office at 800 387 3740 Ext 51302.

This year we have a classroom and local contact in:


Contact Name


1. Bearskin Lake

Vince Ostberg

2. Cat Lake

Nora Ombash

3. Deer Lake

Oscar Meekis

4. Eabametoong

Rick Allen

5. Fort Severn

Clara Crowe

6. Fort William

Aaron Hardy

7. Keewaywin

Francine Kakepetum

8. Kejick Bay

Loretta Quoquat

9. North Spirit Lake

Maxine Kakegamic

10. Poplar Hill

Zachariah Suggashie

11. Sachigo Lake

Martha Tait

12. Weagamow

Lyle Johnson

13. Webequie

Rory Reid

Each of our communities has a qualified teacher who will help ensure that you have a successful time in our program.  We are offering over 26 courses for grade 9 and 10 as well as a grade 11 Physical Education course.  

Plan your future today and apply to KiHS for courses in September.  

Check out our website at and see what is available for you.

Darrin Potter
KiHS Principal

Student achievements recognized by Keewaytinook Internet High School

Darren Rae from Deer Lake First Nation has been selected as the KiHS student of the year for his academic successes in all his high school courses. Darren was recognized for having the Best Average in at least 6 credits, highest academic achievement in Science, Native Studies and Language, and Mathematics. He also was selected for making the "best academic effort" in his community KiHS classroom.

The Awards of Excellence page congratulates all the participating KiHS students. Everyone who signs up for KiHS courses are winners because they are able to develop new and important academic, technical and social skills. Being able to remain in their home communities with their families and friends, even for an extra year or two provides an important support for everyone, especially the community. Those KiHS students who are successful in completing high school credits from their home community are proving that they can be successful in any learning environment.

Other KiHS students recognized for their academic achievements this year include:

  • Cat Lake - Marlene Crane, Bianca Crane
  • Deer Lake - Darren Rae, Amanda Meekis
  • Eabametoong - Wanda Atlookan, Robby Jacob
  • Fort Severn - Hilary Gray, Bernadette Kabestra
  • Fort William - William Solomon, Terry Landry, Sabrina MacLaurin
  • Keewaywin - Katie Anishinabie, Leslie Pascal
  • Lac Seul (Kejick Bay) - Celeste Rickard, David Sutherland
  • North Spirit Lake - Geraldine Rae, Raylene Meekis
  • Sachigo Lake - Tanya Barkman, Keith Barkman
  • Weagamow - David Beardy, Lyndon Williams
  • Webequie - Travis Spence, Vincent Jacob, Kerina Wabasse

KiHS Grade 9 & 10 Teachers Required

Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS) invites applicants for the 2004-2005 school year. We will be looking for 4 teacher to fill positions in English, Science, Careers & Guidance & Social Studies. If you are looking for an innovative, cutting edge approach to educations, KiHS may be the place for you. Check out our website at

These positions are available in 4 First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario; Poplar Hill, North Spirit Lake, Cat Lake & Keewaywin. The teacher will live in one community, and tutor/mentor students while delivering one online course to the remaining students in the other 12 communities, using our Internet platform. We are looking for certified teachers who have basic word processing and internet navigation skills.

If you are interested please send your resume to or you can fax it to (807)735-1383.

Register Now for Term 2 courses starting April 13 at KiHS

KiHS will begin it’s fourth and final semester on April 13, 2004. Students interested in taking a grade 9 or 10 course and living in one of communities with a KiHS classroom can enroll now.

Drop in or call your KiHS community classroom today!!




MFM1P – Applied Mathematics

SNC1P – Applied Science

NAC10 – Native Studies

ASM20 – Media Arts

ENG2P – Applied English

LNCB0/LNLBO/LNOBO – Native Language

Internet High School publishes March newsletter

The March 2004 Keewaytinook Internet High School newsletter is now available online.

Check here to read the stories.

New book profiles KiHS and distance education in Aboriginal communities

The new book "Distance Education in Remote Aboriginal Communities: Barriers, Learning Styles and Best Practices" by Bill McMullen and Andreas Rohrbach and published by the College of New Caledonia Press in Prince George, BC, is now available on-line. Click here to check out this very informative and useful book.

There is a special dedication to Margaret Fiddler, the visionary who helped create Wahsa and KiHS and founding principal of both these organizations and who is living in Sandy Lake First Nation.

November 2003 KiHS Newsletter now available

Keewaytinook Internet High School November Newsletter is now available on-line.

Click here to open the PDF document (520kb).

KiHS publishes Fall 2003 newsletter

Everyone is invited to read Keewaytinook Internet High School's Fall 2003 newsletter.

Click here to view the newsletter (900k PDF document).

KiHS Steering Committeee Meetings

The Keewaytinook Internet High School Steering Committee met at the Best Western in Dryden, to discuss the success of the program and to plan for the present year. The KiHS Steering Committee is made up of a member from each the 13 KiHS partner communities. The steering committee makes decisions that deal with policy and programming for the program and brings a better community perspective to the planning process.

The meetings on Wednesday and Thursday were very productive. It was commented many times that the program is providing some great opportunities to the students in the partner communities. Many students are now able to remain at home for longer periods of time before having to leave the community to earn high school credits.

Some of the issues that were discussed at the meeting were:

  1. Student attendance
  2. Ways to get parents involved more with the community classrooms
  3. Local promotion of the program
  4. Achievement levels
  5. Ways to motivate the students
  6. Program changes
  7. Staffing
  8. Funding

There were many other topics discussed and plans are made to include several of the suggestions over the course of the year. Overall it was a great two days of meetings and the steering committee left with many ideas to bring back to the community, parents, and students.

KiHS is becoming a very important part of our partner communities, and being able to stay at home and earn the same caliber of credits that students could get in any school in Ontario, is a factor which is motivating much interest.

If you are a student in one of the KiHS partner communities and are looking to earn high school credits, talk to the KiHS teacher, or contact the office at 807 735 1381. We are always willing to accept new students.

Darrin Potter
KiHS Principal

KiHS staff attend Ministry of Education Workshops

Darrin Potter, KiHS Principal, along with Freda Kenny, KiHS Vice-Principal attended ministry workshops in Thunder Bay during the week of September 22 to 26, 2003.

Darrin comments about the workshops included:

  • A very valuable and enjoyable experience with many worthwhile sessions that we were able to take part in.  
  • The administration training is always useful, but there were also others sessions such as literacy in the secondary classroom that will be useful for KiHS.
  • We learned about many strategies that can be used and over the course of the next few weeks, we will discuss how these can be incorporated into our program.  
  • The good thing about most of the sessions was that they were facilitated by teachers who are in the classroom now.

"One session on Thursday was on Classroom Management and the presenter did a great job in giving some realistic suggestions.  Mainly his approach has always been to be prepared for our classroom and this will make all the difference. When we anticipate what we want to see, and what can happen, we will be prepared."