KO - Lakehead University win research grant - Digital Education with remote FNs

Geordi Kakepetum, executive director of Keewaytinook Okimakanak, is pleased to announce that a research proposal co-developed by KORI and the Lakehead University Faculty of Education has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) competition, in the Knowledge Cluster Strategic Grant category.

"This reinforces our relationship with the Lakehead University Faculty of Education which began with a face-to-face visit by Dean O’Sullivan to our offices in Balmertown last year," said Geordi. "We can work with people like Julia and her team who are committed to working with us to improve the quality of life in the KO communities."

Following O’Sullivan’s visit to Balmertown, John 0’Meara arranged a tour of KORI’s offices for several members of the Faculty of Education. During the tour, they participated in a video conference with KIHS principal, Darrin Potter and several teachers, principals and directors of education working in remote and isolated First Nations communities.

The Principal Investigator of the research is Lisa Korteweg, with Co-Investigators Seth Agbo, Ethel Gardner, Margaret Haughey of the University of Alberta, John O'Meara, and Brian Walmark of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute.

The title of the project is: Digital Education with Remote Aboriginal Communities.  "This is an exciting collaborative venture with Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute, a department of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Tribal Council, which is a leader in the use of communication technologies in Northwestern Ontario," said John O’Meara, the Director of Graduate Studies at the LU Faculty of Education. "The project is intended to leverage other research opportunities, and we are looking forward to more collaborative ventures," he said.

Click here to read the Dec, 2005 story about this application proposal