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Technical Mapping Training in Thunder Bay April 22-23

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.

Ontario First Nations Economic Forum January 14-15, 2010

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).

09 12 02 Keewaytinook Okimakanak Visits Fort Severn First Nation

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.

09 11 20 Maternity Centre Update


Jodi Murphy, TBRHSC Maternity Centre Coordinator shared an update with KO staff regarding how her program uses KO Telemedicine. The Maternity Centre offers public heath series for pre and post natals including lactation consulting, presentations on diet, gestational diabetes, etc. Obstetrician rounds are also offered for health workers and includes a certification. Group clinical sessions are also offered with referral. There are many possibilities for clinical sessions, including home visits as the healthy babies programs in many communities are very interested in the Maternity Centre's services.

09 11 20 Stroke Network and TBRSC

KO Staff met with Pauline Bodnar and other Stroke Network Staff to discuss the Tips and Tool Series and new initiatives.