Fort Severn

Fort Severn Flood Watch

Fort Severn has been in a flood watch status for the last couple of days, the north end of the community has been placed on a high alert.

The river has risen about a foot each day. Some of roads leading to the coast are under water. The river is being monitored daily by our Flood coordinator Robert Thomas .

For more information visit the Fort Severn Website and check out the photos.

Fort Severn General Election 2003

Fort Severn First Nation will be having a Nomination Meeting and General Election for  the Chief and four Councillors.

The Nomination meeting will held on Wednesday , May 21, 2003 at the community Youth Centre starting at 7:00. The General Election is scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at the E- Centre.

The voting will start 9:00 a.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. The newly elected officials will be announced at the local Radio Staion once the counting process has been completed

For more information, please contact the Electorial Officer : Victoria Matthews

Fort Severn students visit with American schools

Grades 7 & 8 students from Wasaho School connected with the South Poke Elementary school in Old Fort, Tennessee and with Audubon Elementary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin through Video Conference at the Fort Severn E-Centre on Friday February 28, 2003. These meetings were done with members of the Polar Husky sled dog expedition that is travelling along the Hudson Bay coast.

They exchanged information from food, games, animals, sports and travel.

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Fort Severn Workshop Highlight Community Plans for ICTs

Workshops held in Fort Severn during the week of February 10 highlighted many of the achievements made over the past two years of the Smart Communities Demonstration project. Pictures of the four day series of sessions and special events are available in the K-Net Photo Gallery.

The information from the two previous ICT community planning and community engagement sessions was reviewed and discussed each day to identify what has changed and how these communication tools are now being used in Fort Severn. These two sessions are available on-line (December 1999 session and the January 2002 workshops) for review. The remainder of each day was spent examining the work that remains to be completed during the final year of the Smart Communities demonstration project.

OFNSTC Opens Annual Conference with Fort Severn participation

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation's Annual Conference, "Tradition and Technology for a Better Tomorrow" was opened by Fort Severn Elder Elijah Stoney and Chief George Kakakespan joining the conference by video conference. Aut_0148.jpg Elder Elijah Stoney said a prayer for the gathering from the Fort Severn First Nation band office. Chief George Kakekaspan said a few words to the conference participants about the importance of these communication tools for his community.

Aut_0152.jpgWorking in partnership with Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Bell Canada and Adcom, OFNTSC Conference participants will be able to link with different Tribal Councils and First Nations that have access to video conferencing services during the trade show scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 9. A workshop session is also scheduled for Thursday to discuss the different issues surrounding developing and sustaining video conferencing connections in the different organizations and First Nations.

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Fort Severn Community Economic Development Strategic Planning Session 2002

The week September 30th to October 3rd Fort Severn hosted a Community Economic Development Strategic Planning Session at the local  youth centre. The host was Victoria Matthews our local resource worker. The workshop facilitator was Peter Dixon from Macleod Farley and Associates. Refreshments of coffee and cookies were provided.

The elders, youth and Chief and Council were invited to provide their input o­n developing an up-to-date economic development strategic plan for Fort Severn First Nation. 

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The Barge Arrives in Fort Severn

The barge run from Moosonee arrived in Fort Severn. Excitement is everywhere across the local community as the barge delivers housing material, gas, fuel, and store goods.

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Fort Severn PSW Workshop 2002

On September  24 to 26, 2000, Fort Severn hosted a  Personal Support Worker Workshop.  Kaaren Olsen of  Keewaytinook Okimakanak came in to coordinate the Workshop.  Five woman from the community,  including Diane Bluecoat, the Home Care Coordinator, participated in the workshop.

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Fort Severn KIHS Open House

On Thursday September 19, 2002  Fort Severn KiHS ( Keewaytinook Okimakanak High school) had an Open House.

The teacher, Rainford Cornish and his Classroom Assistant Bessie Turtle were greeting the community explaining to community how KihS operates, and amazingly all the students, showed up along with the parents, asking questions of how there children are progressing in this new school year.

The event included coffee & tea , juice, along with snacks Cookies, Chips, Crackers  cheese,  and a door prize.

The turn out of this event was also a success, We had the local education Director Matthew Kakekaspan, Councillors Ken Thomas,Moses kakekaspan, Chief George Kakekaspan along with all the  education staff, Principal and Teachers and members of the community.

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Fort Severn bi-election July 2002

With no forest fires to report out of Fort Severn, Fort Severn was busy with a bi-election, when the elder of council (Chip) Cornelius Matthews resigned his position as a councillor on July 9, 2002. The community called for a nomination meeting on July 19, 2002 at the youth centre at 3:00 p.m. The people at the meeting quickly nominated two new candidates, Ken Thomas and Ennis Crowe. On July 22, 2002 at 12:00 noon both the candidates were on the local community TV channel and the radio station to share their campaign speeches and thoughts with the community. With the assistance of our community technician Angus Miles, the community was able to see the candidates on television. On July 23, 2002 the community went to the polling station to elect the new councillor. Ken Thomas came out as the winner with 70 votes and Ennis Crowe 52. The electoral officer Victoria Matthews said “the election went fairly well, if only there was more voters.” There are 230 registered voters and only 130 people voted with 8 ballots being spoiled. Our congratulations goes out Ken Thomas. Our next general election will be on June 2003.