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Donald Kakegamic Memorial Gospel Jamboree being webcast from Keewaywin

Submitter Name: 
Raymond Mason
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 Keewaywin is hosting the Donald Kakegamic Memorial Gospel Jamboree

Friday, Sept 11 (7:00pm-12 midnight),

Saturday Sept 12 (7:00pm-12 midninght), and

Sunday Sept 13, (7:00pm-1:00am).

The event will be streamed and may be veiwed at

Keewaywin First Nation GENERAL ELECTION process announcement

Submitter Name: 
Randy Johnston - Keewaywin First Nation Electoral Officer
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To All Keewaywin First Nation Band Members over the age of 18.

The candidates for the general election are as follows:

Chief - Joe Meekis, Lester Pascal and David Thompson

Council - Duane Kakekapetum, Loyd Kakekapetum, Christine Day Kakegamic, Jason Kakegamic, Josious Kakegumick, Silas Kakegumick, Lawrence Mason and Eddie Meekis.

NOTICE - Keewaywin First Nation General Election - March 28, 2008

Submitter Name: 
randy Johnston - ElectoralOfficer - Keewaywin First nation
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Notice to all Keewaywin First Nation Band members, 18 years of age and older; please be advised that the General Election for 1 Chief and 4 Counciors is scheduled for March 28, 2008.

Nomination meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2008 at the Keewaywin Community Centre commencing at 7:00 p.m.

All potential nominees must be in attendance.

Advance poll is schedued for March 25, 2008 at Keewaywin Community Centre 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Keewaywin FN member receives Honourary Doctorate from Lakehead U.

From Wawatay News Online ...

Kakegamic now a doctor
Wawatay News - May 31, 2007

Artist, educator, political leader and activist are all words that describe Goyce Kakegamic.

Now, doctor can also be added to that list.

The recently retired former Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief was awarded an honourary doctorate from Lakehead University May 25.

“I would like to begin by telling you how humbled and honoured I am by the recognition you have bestowed on me today,” Kakegamic said, in offering the convocation address. “I would like to thank all of those who played a part in the nomination and conferring of this award.”

Lakehead president Frederick Gilbert introduced Kakegamic, before helping him into his graduation robes on stage.

“(Kakegamic) is a multi-talented individual who has made important contributions in … art, education and political leadership,” Gilbert said. “Goyce is an accomplished artist whose work can be found in private collections around the world.

“Goyce has been a leader in promoting excellence in First Nations education.”

Kakegamic also spent three terms as deputy grand chief from 1997 to 2006.

“With quiet determination, he has worked at forging mutually beneficial partnerships between First Nation government and their municipal, provincial and federal counterparts.”

Kakegamic said it’s been a long journey to present day from where he was born and grew up in Keewaywin.

“I was brought up on the land with my extended family,” he said. “My parent’s generation was the last to have lived their lives in our traditional territory. My parents and grandparents were caring and loving and their lessons and values have carried me throughout my lifetime.”

Kakegamic is a residential school survivor. He doesn’t speak at length about the abuses he suffered, nor does he dwell on the past. Instead he rose above,  earning bachelor of arts and bachelor of education degrees from Lakehead in 1986.

Kakegamic said more work is necessary to create cultural understanding between First Nation people, urban society and vice versa.

“The challenges faced by all residents of northwestern Ontario cannot be effectively addressed by a continuation of Native and non-Native solitudes,” he said. “I firmly belief reaching accommodations and understanding between cultures in northwestern Ontario will be one of the most significant challenges as we begin this new millennium. I also believe very strongly multiculturalism requires that each of us gain an understanding and knowledge of other cultures to bridge the gap.”

James Thom —


Family fun in the snow with creative snow sculptures in Keewaywin First Nation

Be sure to check out all the different snow sculptures that the different youth and families in Keewaywin First Nation created. Visit to visit this great photo gallery!



Keewaywin FN family facing Christmas season at Winnipeg hospital

Joe Meekis, former chief and councillor of Keewaywin First Nation, made a passionate appeal for support to help his family through the ongoing crisis facing his son-in-law, Cameron Harper. Joe's presentation was made during the Keewaytinook Okimakanak board of directors' meeting in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec 13 with Grand Chief Phil Fontaine in attendance. Afterwards, Chief Raymond Mason passed his hat around and everyone contributed what they could to support Joe and his family during this crisis.

Cameron has been in hospital in Winnipeg for some time. He was the school bus driver in Keewaywin until he was diagnosed with tuberculosis this fall. His treatment for TB has now created further complications with several of his organs failing. His family is trying to support him in Winnipeg but the financial burden and the stress on everyone is creating many challenges for the family. It now looks like everyone has to now spend the Christmas season in Winnipeg and at the hospital.

The community of Keewaywin has rallied about Cameron and his family, raising money and doing all they can to support everyone involved in this crisis. If anyone is able to offer any assistance to Cameron Harper and his extended family, please contact Chief Raymond Mason or his staff at the Keewaywin First Nation band office at 807-771-1210 or


Keewaywin Annual Pickerel Derby

August 19 & 20, 2005

$10,000.00 in prizes

Registration fee $75.00 by August 12, 2005

$100.00 after August 12, 2005

Keewaywin House Of Prayer For All Nations Youth Rally 2005

          Keewaywin Youth Rally 2005

June 17, 18 & 19, 2005

Guest Speaker:   Marty McLean & Rose McLean (Thunder) of Winnipeg, MB

Guest Musicians:  Ivan & Vanessa Sawan of Alberta

For more info, Contact Pastor David Fiddler 807  771 1328


Pauline Kakegamic 807  771 1014

Keewaywin Band's Christmas Feast

Keewaywin First Nation will be having thier band feast o­n Monday, December 23rd, 2002. All are welcome to come and join in the festivities.  Keewaywin has already started all their Christmas staff dinners. 

The community members are already  setting up their own Christmas feasts where all commmunity members are invited to join.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Be Safe!!


Keewaywin Internet high school begins

Keewaywin's Smart team members went over to the KiHS site to welcome our new Internet high school teacher Mandy Fry who hails from North Bay. From the looks of things she is getting some great support from the students, Keewaywin school staff and community members. Fourteen students started classes this past Tuesday. I believe there are a couple of more students that will be registering at our Internet High School. See pictures of the KiHS classroom and the group photo of students here.