KORI's Mark Kakegamic and Franz Seibel visited Poplar Hill with Donald Meekis and workers from the partner First Nations for the Lands & Resources Planning Gathering August 24-26, 2009. James Suggashie was a gracious host and Rita Wassaykeesic was very well organized, both made our stay comfortable and enjoyable. We enjoyed using the business centre with video conferencing and motel. The meals made by the community members were delicious. We were challenged in a softball game by the youth and members of Tikinagen and enjoyed meeting the youth. The field was very wet and 3 members of our team fell into the mud and got soaked. We were losing when our hosts let us retire with some dignity in the 4th inning.
Good day everybody and welcome to the KORI website. During this summer of 2009, we have 3 summer students that are involved in the YICT program. First to introduce is Renee Loyie. She is a university student attending Lakehead University, she will be working here as a Health Researcher student placement and taking part in the YICT program. Secondly to introduce is Brooke Kakepetum who is also currently employed here at KORI in the YICT program. She is a highschool student who will be attending Superior Secondary High School she is very eager to learn new things from the YICT program and things done through KORI. Thirdly, is myself, Melissa Kakepetum. I will be attending Confederation College in the fall and I am also involved in the YICT program as a summer student.
KO is working with partner First Nation communities to learn and share about growing vegetables. The United Nations' Growing Connections project includes ten green boxes that are engineered to provide effective use of peat, sun and water to grow crops in harsh climates. The participating communities are learning to grow vegetables throughout the summer and will share their stories with other communities around the world during the project. KO is excited to see youth involved in learning about food security and growing their own food.
KORI presented examples of using video conference as an economic driver to the CCEDNet Nation Conference. There were many Community Economic Development groups participating. Northern Ontario was mostly represented by food security initiatives. Aboriginal groups from Northern Manitoba, BC and Atlantic Canada dicussed environmental and education issues. The Arctic Coop (arcticco-op.com) presented the Co-op Model used in Nunavut and NWT. They also described the partnership with credit unions and how the communities are owning retail, hotels, constuction and cable companies within the co-op model.
KO Economic Development partnered with BDO Dunwoody and NADF to bring an "Introduction to Simply Accounting" course by video conference. Participants from Thunder Bay, Balmertown, Keewaywin and Fort Severn learned basics of the software and how to get started with setting up and managing their own records. The partnership provides ongoing training in the area of business and economic development open to everyone by video conference.