Hello I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Renee Loyie. I am a summer student at Keewaytinook Okimakanank Research Institute in Thunder Bay. I am reviewing the On Demand Book Service that can be accessed on the portal on the Knet website.
I have found that the ODBS Site has a lot to offer in terms of youth and children's books to be printed off the website. This promotes literacy for remote First Nation communities and including other communities that may pursue an interest in the ODBS website.
Deer Lake Council and Commemoration Committee met by video conference to continue planning for the Treaty #5 Commemoration. There will be activities all week to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Treaty #5 Adhesion Signing at Treaty Point on Deer Lake by Chief Robert Fiddler. Partners include OMNR, Canada Heritage, NAN, Keewaytinook Okimakanak and others. KO Staff are getting excited about camping out in prospector tents on the point and marking the occasion with neighboring communities. For more information visit www.deerlakefirstnation.ca or Contact Gary Meekis at the Band Office 807.775.2141
Terry Tobias visited Thunder Bay in partnership with Neegahewen College to provide Best Practices of Occupancy Mapping. He wrote Chief Keri's Moose which is a great online resource and a standard for Community Lands Planning. During the workshop, Tobias offered some Best Practices including some points below. Tobias is dissapointed with mapping over the past 40 years as directed by government to map FN values. This can and never should be done.
Define your primary objective, remember that OMNR always asks for everything to be mapped. You can either record and map it all to a lower standard, or only research specific themes and research them well. A map cannot tell the whole story.
Several Ontario Ministers and numerous First Nation leaders were present for the Economic Forum hosted by Fort William First Nation and Chiefs of Ontario. Discussions included Socio-Economic Development, Resource Development and Partnership Building. Each Discussion group was lead by a First Nation leader and involved breakouts on various topics. The Socio-Economic Development Break-out Session included discussion regarding Youth Entrepreneurship, Growth of First Nation SME (Small & Medium Enterprises) and Broadband Development. Capacity Development, Infrastructure Improvement and A Streamlined Government Broadband Department were suggestions for improvement. Aaron Kakepetum was honoured as a First Nation youth leader and by the Keynote Speaker Charles Coffey (Past Vice-President of Royal Bank of Canada).
Donald Meekis, Mark Kakegamic and Franz Seibel are visiting Fort Severn First Nation to support community projects including; lands and resources, KIHS outreach and suicide prevention project. Michelle Shepard (OMNR) is also visiting to provide informaiton about the land use planning process as requested by the Chief. Kathleen Koostachin and Abigail Matthews are talking with elders, parents and students about making KIHS more accesible. Paul Burke and Lawrence Bluecoat, supported by councillor Tommy Miles are planning and discussing lands issues with community elders and trappers. KO staff visited the band office, school, clinic and youth centre to support local workers in their projects including an art contest, open house, sharing circle and school trip on the land. The open house was a great sucess with over 75 people including elders and leadership attending.