Keewaytinook Okimakanak

Keewaytinook Okimakanak hosts Broadband Task Force report launch

The launch of the National Broadband Task Force report entitled "The New National Dream: Networking the Nation for Broadband Access" took place on Monday June 18 at 10 am. Brian Beaton, a Task Force member joined the event from the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Sioux Lookout office along with others from the KO First Nations. Read the story and link to other news about the report.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak to pursue SFL

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak endorsed the application to proceed with gathering data for a sustainable forest license on Friday, June 8. The area in consideration is located south of McDowell Lake. This is one step of many that the chiefs will be undertaking to become economically self-sufficient.

KO Staff Travel to Fort Severn

Keewaytinook Okimakanak staff travelled to Fort Severn First Nation on Sunday, June 3 for meetings and to participate in the community's spring feast. Check out the Pictures

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 ( click on the KO Network icon to get to the Kuh-ke-nah Network Operations. Then under Directory, click on Monitoring ( and then select "webalizer" and the "knet" folder to see the Usage Statistics for For more details about each month's activities, just click on the month.

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 ( 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.

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

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