What We Do
Programs and Services
Public Works
Economic Development

Administration staff manage the overall operation of Keewaytinook Okimakanak. They liaise with the six Chiefs of the Board of Directors, the staff and other organizations, partners and agencies.

Some of the responsibilities of Administration include:

  • Reporting to the Chiefs on issues affecting Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations
  • Liaison with other First Nation's group
  • Ensuring the representation of the First Nations on regional committees
  • Attending events which concern KO First Nations
  • Developing internal structures/strategies to provide required services to the First Nations
The Finance Team provides assistance and advice to the First Nations as well as accounting support for Keewaytinook Okimakanak.The advisor and other members of the team are available to provide financial advice and assistance to the First Nations in the following areas:
  • Nuviews and Accpac computerized accounting systems
  • Accounting filing systems
  • Government programs, reporting, and methods
  • Financial policies and management systems
  • Payroll
  • Employee Pension plans
  • Contribution agreements, etc.
Much of the Health Program's work involves supporting community efforts to access funding for local health promotion initiatives.
Keewaytinook Okimankanak's health (http://health.knet.ca)services department is funded through the Medical Services Branch, Health Canada, the Ministry of Health and other health-related programs. We incorporate the Primary Health Care Model in our approach, which means: involvement of the community in health care decisions, focus on disease prevention and promotion, and use of an interdisciplinary approach in planning and implementing appropriate solutions to health problems. Staff work closely with front-line community health workers providing advisory and support services in a variety of ways, which include:
  • Health program planning and program development- includes Brighter Futures/Building Healthy Communities, NAN Crisis Team grants, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy-justice and family violence, community and training grants
  • Reporting - Brighter Futures/Building Healthy Communities interim and final activity and financial reports, Aboriginal Healing and Wellness evaluations and financial reports for Community and Training Grants
  • Proposals and Needs Assessments - Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Community and Training grants applications, NAN Crisis Team grant applications, Long Term Care needs assessments and proposals, Brighter Futures/Building Healthy Communities needs assessments; and other proposals as requested
  • Advocacy - assist in speaking on behalf of communities and members in accessing health services
  • Coordination - working with communities to share resources and information for effective health program delivery and efficient use of resources
  • Liaison - representing communities on boards and committees
  • Community Worker Support - on-going on a daily basis
  • Training - workshops for Coordinators, Mental Health Workers at least two times yearly
  • Advisory - make recommendations to communities about services
The construction of roads like this one in Poplar Hill is facilitated by the technical services of KO Public Works.

The Public Works Unit provides advisory and technical services to KO First Nation Communities in the areas of:

  • Technical Training & Development
  • Community & Capital Planning
  • Policy & Housing Inspection
  • Operation & Maintenance
  • Project Management
  • Minor Capital Projects
  • Major Capital Projects
  • Other Capital Projects
  • This Support includes:
  • Working with the First Nations to develop capital data bases and monitoring systems to track progress of community proposals
  • Assisting First Nations to gain access to skills and expertise for maintenance programs
  • Advising on technical procedures and on project management
  • Advising on codes, standards, and retaining technical expertise and consultants


The Economic Development team provides assistance to First Nations and individual band members from Keewaytinook Okimakanak in areas of business, training and proposal development to enhance self-sufficiency. Current goals for the program are:
  • Economic and Resource Development
    • Locate avenues of funding for business development and services enhancement for First Nations
    • Develop long term economic/resource development strategies
    • Assist First Nations with coordination, planning and development of projects, as required
    • Participate in research, planning and development of land use strategies
  • Small Business Planning
    • Respond to enquires from individuals and KO First Nations
    • Review and assist member First Nations with funding proposals
  • Training
    • Develop and coordinate training programs for economic development worker
    • Host/conduct workshops and information sharing sessions on issues of common concern in Economic Development
Keewaytinook Okimakanak Education provides advisory services and assistance to member First Nations in a variety of ways which include:
  • program review
  • education workshops
  • curriculum development
  • staff training and support
  • principal training and evaluation
  • education director/education authority training and support
  • participation on district-wide and regional education committees and initiatives
Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS) was created for Aboriginal youth who live in small isolated First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. KiHS is the first Ontario school to offer accredited secondary school courses using the Internet as a mode of program delivery. With its traditional face-to-face classroom setting meshed with internet course delivery, KiHS capitalizes on the ability to share resources and personnel, and thereby maximize potential course offerings.

KiHS begins its third year of operation in September 2002, offering a full grade 9 and 10 program online. Service has expanded beyond KO member communities to meet the needs of 13 First Nations throughout the north. These are: Cat Lake, Deer Lake, Eabametoong, Frenchman's Head, Fort Severn, Fort William, Keewaywin, Kejick Bay, North Spirit Lake, Sachigo Lake, Slate Falls, Weagamow, and Webequie.

The staff of K-Net develop and maintain the K-Net Network which is a regional broadband network linking First Nations and their service organizations using a variety of Information Communication Technologies including video conferencing, IP telephony, on-line forums, e-mail, and other web-based communication tools. Other services which K-Net provides are:
  • Computer maintenance and support for Keewaytinook Okimakanak and member First Nations
  • Operating and managing a small computer business
  • a regional hardware and software helpdesk service for Industry Canada First Nations Schoolnet
  • Developing and facilitating computer training programs
KO staffers Francine McKenzie and Les Meekis facilitate an ICT Planning Workshop in Fort Severn in January 2002.

The Kuh-ke-nah Network of SMART First Nations (http://smart.knet.ca) is a three-year initiative begun by Keewaytinook Okimakanak and our partners in 2001. KO was one of twelve projects chosen in Canada by Industry Canada to demonstrate community development in an Aboriginal context utilizing a variety of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) and applications. Other partners include FedNor, SLAAMB, HRDC, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Bell Canada and NAN First Nations and Tribal Councils.

SMART services are being deployed to overcome barriers of distance and isolation, to improve community well-being, enhance learning opportunities, and support skills and knowledge acquisition. Smart applications being developed include:

  • Public Access sites (e-Centres) in district First Nations
  • Regional on-line training programs for local Computer Technicians
  • Keewaytinook Internet High School (KiHS)
  • KOHS-NORTH (Telehealth) Network
  • Data Warehouse Applications (administrative tools, digital photo collections, on-line news, GIS, etc)
  • Portal Development and maintenance
  • e-Business opportunities including the Caching Router initiative and IP telephony