K-Net hosts video conference workshop to discuss opportunities, future directions

Two visiting  "friends of K-Net", Michael Gurstein and Fernande Faulkner, provided the K-Net team with an opportunity to host an online workshop exploring future opportunities and challenges for the organization. Michael and Fernande are on their way from their work in New York to visit family in Vancouver before they leave for next challenge in South Africa.

The two hour video and audio conference is archived and available for viewing at http://webcast.knet.ca/events under K-Net Workshop.

Adam Fiser, a University of Toronto doctoral candidate, provided some of his key findings from his research to date concerning the type of training and support being provided by K-Net in their partner First Nations.

Fernando Oliveira and Cal Kenny provided the workshop with an overview of the new K-Net meeting space platform. A new meeting space has now been established to continue the discussions beyond this initial workshop. This online environment is meant to provide a follow up discussion are where participants can continue to share ideas as well as provide feedback to the ideas presented today.

Participating sites and participants in this workshop included:

  • Keewaytinook Okimakanak Research Institute, Thunder Bay office - Brian Walmark, Franz Seibel, Angie Fiddler, Wesley McKay
  • National Research Centre, New Brunswick - Susan O'Donnell
  • University of Guelph - George Ferreira and Ricardo Ramirez
  • K-Net, Sioux Lookout - Michael Gurstein, Fernande Faulkner, Cal Kenny, Jeannie Carpenter, Brian Beaton
  • FedNor, Thunder Bay - Carl Seibel
  • G8 Instructor, Toronto - Fernando Oliveira
  • KCDC, La Ronge Sask - Randy Johns
  • Video Conferencing facilitator, Sioux Lookout - Lyle Johnson
  • University of Toronto - Adam Fiser

For photos of Michael and Fernande's visit to K-Net visit http://photos.knet.ca/albuo38