Keewaytinook Okimakanak

Proposed Berens River Bridge Crossing draft environmental study report

Notice of Opportunity to Inspect the Draft Environmental Study Report is now available

Visit for more information.

Click here to view the news story with a copy of the notice that was published in the newspaper.

"Down to the Butt" - a KO flash animation for Health Canada's Tobacco Strategy

The first episode of Down to the Butt is now finished. It is available online for everyone's viewing pleasure at

This production was completed through the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tobacco Control Strategy Program funded by Health Canada. 

The animation team included Derek Kenny (Lac Seul), Blue Mason (Keewaywin) and Jesse Fiddler (Sandy Lake). The script was prepared by Tina Kakepetum-Schultz.

Tina is interested in getting everyone's feedback about this production. Please email her at to let me know what you think about this production.

KO presentation at the Alberta SuperNet Opportunities conference

The Alberta SuperNet Research Alliance hosted a two day conference in Calgary for community representatives from all the communities across Alberta that are now connected by their new broadband fibre network. The Alberta SuperNet Opportunities Conference ( brought together a variety of presenters sharing information about how this new broadband network can be developed and utilized.

The Keewaytinook Okimakanak presentation highlighted the development of the local Community Broadband Network model being supported by the Kuhkenak Network. Emphasis is placed on sustaining the local broadband connection by building and supporting local capacity that is able to support and connect the various local agencies, businesses and homes to utilize and pay for this  service.

The Research Alliance urged Albertans from all communities to register online for this exciting public conference. Registration fees were $225 and included 2 days of expert panels which were structured to help explore the opportunities of the SuperNet in each community.

As part of SuperNet's commitment to community involvement, they provided one free conference registration to each of the 429 communities on SuperNet. Axia also sponsored 30 remote community members with a $500 allowance to travel into the conference - a draw took place from those members who registered online.

The conference was intended to celebrate this unique initiative and participants were treated to the following activities:

  • the Alberta SuperNet Research Alliance sharing findings from their research into community based issues and opportunities from the past three years of the project;
  • 429 communities learned about and shared information on the countless opportunities now available through broadband;
  • experts and professionals from education, health care, disaster and emergency, libraries, tourism, industry, and more exhibited the applications and technologies that are made possible by broadband;
  • delegates were provided with numerous opportunities to network throughout the conference and shared experiences and expertise with one another.

Summer Student Position at KO in Balmertown

The Keewaytinook Okimakanak / Northern Chiefs Council is inviting student applicants for a seven (7) week Summer Student Position with a focus on support activities for our Aboriginal Elders and their Culture.

2006 Summer Experience Program
Summer Student Position

The Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs Council is inviting student applicants for a seven (7) week Summer Student Position with a focus on support activities for our Aboriginal Elders and their Culture.  The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Health Promotion is providing funding towards their “2006 Summer Experience Program”.  The Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs Council’s shared goal is to provide supervised work experience for youth in summer positions that develop career related and transferable skills.

The Candidate will:

  • Maintain client confidentiality;
  • Operate Video-Conferencing equipment;
  • Promote and coordinate the monthly “Kitchi-a-hah Wii-kwun-diwin” Elders Gathering among twenty-five (25) remote First Nation communities.

The Candidate will possess:

  • Basic computer skills;
  • Ability to meet timelines;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to speak Oji-Cree an asset;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Youth must meet the following eligibility criteria of the program:

  • All youth must have reached the age of 15 and not yet reached the age of 25 upon starting work or 29 for persons with a disability if disabled within the meaning of the Human;
  • Youth must be residents of Ontario;
  • Youth must be eligible to work in Canada.

Youth interests and career goals should relate to the job for which they have applied. 

Note:   Youth are expected to work 35 hours/week for 7 weeks at $7.75 per hour.

Employment will start on Monday, July 10th and conclude August 25th 2006.

Please forward your resume and cover letter, along with three references (work/personal) to:

Summer Student Hiring Committee
Keewaytinook Okimakanak
PO Box 340
Balmertown, ON
P0V 1C0

Cover letters and resumes will be accepted via regular mail, facsimile (Fax: 1-807-735-1383) or

Closing Date for Applications:  June 30, 2005

First Nations Telehealth Conference ends on a positive note

The work goes on… Almost hundred First Nations people and public officials gathered in Toronto and on-line to participate in the “Gii-Kaan-Dann” Ontario First Nations Telehealth Conference, a two-day forum to brief First Nations community health champions across Ontario.  To learn more, see the website at (select the HEALTH - CONFERENCES zone. 

To see photos from the gathering click here.

“We want to understand better what First Nations want to do with telehealth and this conference is an incredible first step in achieving that and we are here to support that,” said Ed Brown, MD, the Chief Operating Officer of the Ontario Telehealth Network (OTN).

Keewaytinook Okimakanak was under contract from the Chiefs of Ontario (COO) to facilitate this conference.  KO staff and KO community members including Community Telehealth Coordinators (CTCs) conducted presentations during the conference.

Chiefs of Ontario host Telehealth Conference June 14 & 15 - participate online!

Chiefs of Ontario is pleased to present:

Gii-Kaan-Daan Ontario First Nations Regional Telehealth Conference

(Aboriginal Know-How) : Balancing Culture and Technology

Register online TODAY @ !

This is a great opportunity to participate in promoting and strenghtening Telehealth in your community and throughout Ontario.

The online "meeting place" environment features a live webcast, discussion forums, technical support, PowerPoint Presentations, presenter bios, archived sessions, links and other resources.

Continue to follow and contribute to the post-conference discussions online, complete a feedback form and to read the resulting Regional Workshop Report which will contribute to AFN's National First Nation TeleHealth Strategy.

View the Conference Agenda

Visit and register for the online conference at

7 Generations rep plans partnerships with KO to deliver apprenticeship programs

Wayne Zimmer, Coordinator of Apprenticeship Programs at Seven Generations Education Institute spent most of Wednesday learning about the Kuhkenah Network. Wayne is working on developing a strategy to link the Aboriginal Post Secondary Consortium to a common platform where programs can shared across the province.

As well, Wayne is interested in seeing the Fort Frances area First Nations connected to a network service that will support video conferencing and other broadband e-learning applications for the effective delivery of apprenticeship programs.

Once these apprenticeship programs and services are available online, other First Nations from anywhere in the province will be able to access these services.

Video conference meetings were also held with Brian Walmark from the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute (KORI - and Carl Seibel, Telecom Officer, Industry Canada FedNor.

Wayne's contact information is:

Wayne Zimmer
Coordinator of Apprenticeship Programs
Seven Generations Education Institute
115 Chipman Street, 3rd Floor
Box 1640, Kenora, ON, P9N 3X7
Tel: 807-468-3096
Fax: 807-468-7358

KO team partner with doctors and other health care providers to develop PepTalk

A team from Keewaytinook Okimakanak presented how they are working online with Community Based Researchers (CBRs) in KO First Nations to prepare health care information for the new PepTalk online resources.

Kanina Terry and Adam Fiser are working with CBRs in Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill to gather local health information, resources, organizations and people so the information can populate the online database tools. Community meetings will also provide an opportunity for the CBRs to showcase their work and get feedback from community members about these new health tools and resources. See the pictures from this meeting at

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The Patient Education Prescription project is developing high quality, clinical multimedia learning materials to assist patients learning how to live with chronic disease.

These interactive multimedia learning materials include video, graphics, text, clinical simulations, and self-assessment tools. Online materials are delivered in personalized educational prescriptions, under password protection and in a format that is adaptable for various levels of functional literacy, disability, and multiple languages. In addition, the materials and online delivery mechanism is to be used to enable clinicians to learn about the role of Information Therapy and how patient empowerment through access to appropriate education and tailored resources can lead to better outcomes.

The project provides accessible, relevant and empowering self-management education to patients with various chronic illnesses, including Breast Cancer, Oral Cancer, Stroke/ TIA, Diabetes, Diabetes Care, and general health literacy. Online educational prescriptions can be accessed online within Community Health Care centres, hospital clinics, physicians’ offices, Long Term Care facilities, community pharmacies, in the patient’s home or other healthcare settings.

Our community partners (St Christopher House and the Olive Branch of Hope in Toronto, and Keewaytinook Okimakanak in Ontario’s north) are active participants in creating culturally relevant and appropriate online material in a variety of languages. These “cultural translations” of clinical education material will enable community participants to learn new skills in creating online educational media, and be able to see themselves as active and engaged participants in determining their own health and in fostering better community health overall.

Metis Nation of Ontario partner with KO to develop telehealth services in locals

Three members of the Metis Nation of Ontario (MNO) team traveled to Sioux Lookout to learn about the Kuhkenah Network. Loma Rowlinson, Alain Lefebvre, Glen Lipinski are visiting MNO locals across northern Ontario to deliver and set up video conferencing equipment for a mental health initiative. 

MNO, working with K-Net and FedNor, is developing their video conferencing and telehealth services in the locals in Dryden, Kenora, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins. 

See the pictures from the visit at