Fire claims the life of a Sandy Lake woman

A tragedic early morning fire claimed the life of a Sandy Lake woman, Delilah Meekis, age 32 on April 13, 2001. As of this posting her partner Mervin Meekis age 38 is still missing. Fire Marshall Ralph Waffer from Thunder Bay And N.A.P.S Officer Sgt. Jim Hiller from Sioux Lookout are investigating. Investigators confirmed that Mervin Meekis was not in the building that was destroyed by fire. Aerial and ground search has now started on April 14 for Mervin Meekis. Today the body of Delilah Meekis will be flown out for autopsy. Funeral arrangements are panding autopsy completion. Delilah Meekis is leaving behind two young children.

Employment Opportunity - HEALTH PROGRAM ASSISTANT

The Keewaytinook Okimakanak Health Program is seeking an individual to assist in carrying out services to its member First Nations in the area of health programming. This individual will be supervised by the Health Director.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist First Nations Health Coordinators with setting up and maintaining the health programs at the community including, but not limited to Brighter Futures and Long Term Care
  • Assist with updating community health needs assessments
  • Assist First Nations in establishing and providing health training programs
  • Assist in the development of proposals for community based initiatives
  • Assist in all other health department duties as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Post secondary education in nursing or social services preferred
  • minimum 2 years experience in the health field in the area of delivery of community based programs or equivalent
  • experience in facilitating workshops and training small groups
  • good writing skills for proposals, workplans and reports
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • good communication and interpersonal skills
  • ability to travel extensively in the North
  • knowledge of First Nations in Treaty 5 & 9, an asset

SALARY Commensurate with experience

CLOSING DATE April 17, 2001

Please send resume with three references and covering letter to:

Hiring Committee
Keewaytinook Okimakanak
Box 340
Balmertown, Ontario
P0V 1C0
email: penny.carpenter@knet.on.ca

Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

Employment Opportunity - ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN

Keewaytinook Okimakanak is seeking a highly motivated, energetic individual to work in the Finance Department.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • General Ledger maintenance, including updating accounts and creating reports
  • preparation of financial reports for management, the board, and funding agencies
  • to assist with providing technical and analytical support in financial reporting for programs
  • maintain filing system of all contracts, contribution agreements, lease agreements, purchases and any other financial commitments
  • prepare Accounts Receivable/Invoicing to Industry Canada, FedNor, NOHF, and other funding agencies
  • assist in all other finance department duties as needed

QUALIFICATIONS

  • proven experience working in the accounting field, non profit accounting preferred
  • post secondary education in business, accounting, and/or commerce
  • experience working with computerized accounting packages, spreadsheets, and word processing
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills; good communication and interpersonal skills
  • knowledge of First Nations in Treaty 5 & 9, an asset

SALARY Commensurate with experience

CLOSING DATE April 11, 2001

Please send resume with three references to:

Hiring Committee
Keewaytinook Okimakanak
Box 340
Balmertown, Ontario
P0V 1C0
email: penny.carpenter@knet.on.ca

Only those applicants considered for an interview will be contacted.

NAN-Wide / SMART Telecom Development Final Report

The final report for NAN-wide / SMART Telecommunications Development Project, funded by FedNor and HRDC, is now available in PDF format for people to read on-line or to print (it is long - over 200 pages). See the Final Report.

K-Net Network Information On-line

The new link on the Keewaytinook Okimakanak home page provides a variety of information (including news updates) about the Kuh-ke-nah Network. Be sure to check out the new KO Network button on our home page for more information.

KO First Nations part of Northern Ontario's Telehealth Project

Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations and Health Services is teaming up with the NORTH Network and all the hospitals across Northern Ontario to develop and deliver a number of health care programs using Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). Orpah McKenzie, Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Health Director attended the announcement in Thunder Bay on Monday, March 20, 2001.

Chief George Kakekaspan meets Minister of Northern Development and Mines

Chief George Kakekaspan, on behalf of Keewaytinook Okimakanak and the Fort Severn First Nation, accepts congratulations for the Kuh-ke-nah SMART Demonstration Project from the Honourable Dan Newman, Minister of Northern Development and Mines (see the picture). On March 20, 2001, Minister Newman, Chairperson for the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation announced a $1.4 million contribution to Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Kuh-ke-nah project to assist in the construction of the telecommunication infrastructure required to carry the various telecommunication applications and services (education, health, justice, governance, etc). For more information about this announcement see NOHF Press Release (George's picture also appears on the Ministry Homepage)

Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak Meeting (March 13-15, 2001)

The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak met in Thunder Bay from March 13 to 15, 2001. Thirteen resolutions were signed directing KO staff on a number of issues. For more information see http://knet.on.ca/KO-Chiefs-mtgMar2001

Community Access Program Conference 2001

Angus Miles of Fort Severn First Nation, Lorraine and Lucy Kakegamic of Keewaywin First Nation and Brian Beaton of K-Net Services attended the first Ontario CAP conference on March 3 -5, 2001 in Sudbury. For more information see http://knet.on.ca/CAP2001/index.html