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(08 08 14) KO staff participate in grand openning of Oshki website

Gordon Kakegamic unvealed the new Oshki website at the annual Keewaywin gathering of NAN Chiefs held in Constance Lake this week.  The new website was constructed using the best practices and lessons learned by KO's own web development initiatives.  Fernado Oliveria, a former KiHS teacher and facilitator of the Native Education platorm ( was acknowledged for his work and dedication.  KO's Brian Beaton and Brian Walmark appeared via IP video conference as well as FedNor's Mike Beliveau.  Oshki's new website is more user friendly and will better serve students at the community level, according to Gordon Kakegamic.  To see photos, see the photogallery.

(08 08 15) KORI hosts KO Board of Education Meeting

Education Directors from across KO as well as other community leaders gathered in the KORI offices in Thunder Bay to plan the next steps for the proposed board of education. Geordi Kakepetum, Goyce Kakegamic and Ross Mamakeesic participated in the discussions as KO is assuming more responsibility of the education of its youth.  KORI summer student Leona Rae spoke of her experiences as a KiHS student and how KiHS provided her with a solid foundation to pursue her educational goals first as a Con College graduate and now as a student at Lakehead University.  To see photos, click here.

(08 08 08) Orpah MacKenzie to conduct on-line presentation on KOTM

Orpah McKenzie, the founding director of KO Telehealth (now Telemedicine) has agreed to conduct a presentation on the early days of telemedicine in the Sioux Lookout zone.  One of the first registered nurses from the NAN territory, McKenzie and her team guided the development of KOTH from the early community vision to the first tele-psychiatric sessions.  The date of the session has yet to be determined.  Watch the KORI website for details. 

(08 08 07) Chief Meekis pays surprise visit to KORI

Chief Joe Meekis of Keewaywin stopped by the KORI offices on his way to the Constance Lake and the annual NAN Chiefs meeting.  While at KORI, Chief Meekis was briefed by Jordan Sturgeon on his work in community economic development, by Kurry Fiddler on the new KO Media Player, by Wesley McKay on the latest at KOTM and by Franz Seibel on the KO cellular project.  Chief Meekis told the KORI team that he is impressed with their work and to keep up the good work.  Click here for photos.