Welcome! The following success story is currently under Lone Eagle review but looks to be one of the best indigenous self-empowerment success stories in the world. Many links follow for your review. A summary of the best Knet innovations is planned. Refer additional resources to Frank Odasz email@example.com
The K-Net Story: Community ICT Development Work
New: Dec. 2009
KNET and Canadian Aboriginal Communities
KNET Video Communications Roadblocks Facing Remote Indigenous Communities, published in IEEE 2009
A 345 page Thesis: The KNET Broadband Governance Model
Contact: Brian Beaton Keewaytinook Okimakanak (K-Net) firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kuhkenah Network (K-Net) provides information and communication technologies (ICTs), telecommunication infrastructure and application support in First Nation communities across a vast, remote region of north-western Ontario as well as in other remote regions in Canada. This private telecommunications network supports the development of online applications that combine video, voice and data services requiring broadband and high-speed connectivity solutions. K-Net is a program of Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO), a First Nations tribal council established by the leaderships of Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill bands to provide a variety of second level support services for their communities. Kuhkenah is an Oji-Cree term for everyone, everywhere.
The KO First Nation communities are part of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), located in northern
, across an area roughly the size of Ontario . France NANincludes a total population of approximately 25,000 people. The majority of this population is aboriginal and lives in remote communities with 300-900 inhabitants. For most of these communities, the only year-round access into or out of their area is by small airplane.
The accompanying video provides a brief overview of some of the work that has gone into building and sustaining the regional network that supports local community based networks (CBNs). The video was produced by members of the K-Net team working in partnership with George Ferreira, a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph who is completing his thesis work using video material as a medium to present evaluation documentation as well as influence policy and program development (Ferreira, 2004).
This video was created as part of a larger collection of video material that is being used for a variety of applications. On a Saturday morning in December, we went for a drive around my community of Sioux Lookout and spent time to talk about our work, our partners and our understanding about how these networks can develop and why they are important in remote and rural communities. In the video there is a scene where the base of the new 7.3 metre satellite earth station is being built. Today that satellite dish is operational and the pictures and the video story documenting the construction of this infrastructure are now on-line at http://tech.knet.ca/photos/satellite.
The production of these videos resulted in several other significant multi-media presentations being produced and shared on-line. The resulting work and presentations are helping others around the world understand the potential and the possibilities for these types of local ICT developments in their own communities. One important product of this work was a multi-media presentation that was produced with the Institute for Connectivity of Americas (http://icamericas.net) and other partners and presented at the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS) in
. The entire presentation is available on-line at http://smart.knet.ca/kuhkenah_flash.html and consists of a collection of case studies that include an Introduction to K-Net and four specialized case studies covering Network Development, Education, Health and Economic Development, along with accompanying video material for each chapter of the production. Geneva
Community vision and need have been the driving forces behind K-Net’s development. The results impact local communities and the entire region’s health, education and economic opportunities. These video productions provide an explanation of the network’s history, some of the key players, partners and accomplishments to date. The videos and accompanying print material demonstrate how First Nations people are finding ways to harness these new technologies to strengthen and support the entire community, including their traditions, language and cultural heritage.
The KO First Nation communities have experienced an impressive amount of development in a relatively short time period. Two of the communities have gone from having one phone for 400 people four years ago, to accessing broadband services from individual homes today. This rapid development of K-Net’s technical infrastructure and services, and its impact on local health, education, and economic development is introduced in these videos. The K-Net experience and the stories from the communities and the people involved in this work demonstrate how local needs and demands can drive technology and network infrastructure development.
Beaton, B. & Fiddler, J. (1999, 13-16 October). Living Smart in Two Worlds: Maintaining and Protecting First nation Culture for Future Generations. Local Knowledge/Global Challenge: Smart Community Development.
. Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Ferreira, G., Ramirez, R., Walmark, B. (2004, 18 September). Connectivity in Canada’s Far North: Participatory Evaluation in Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities. Measuring the Information Society: What, How, for Whom and What? Workshop.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak - Northern Chief Council. (1999) The Kuh-Ke-Nah Network of Smart First Nations. Sioux lookout,
: K-Net, http://smart.knet.ca - additional K-Net video stories are available at http://smart.knet.ca/ict.html, http://smart.knet.ca/fednor_video_list.html, Fort Severn traditional land use videos Ontario
Here is a web tour with annotations for those who would like to appreciate the full range of innovations of the K-net project team.
The K-net project infrastructure is based on broadband satellite technology and details are available at their many web sites.They officially launched the 'Northern Indigenous Community Satellite Network" Jan. 19th, 2005 Check it out athttp://smart.knet.ca/satellite (scroll down the page to see more information about this initiative).
This web tour will focus on their community software innovations. Many of their innovations are based on an open source content management system (CMS) called 'postnuke.' The term "open source" means the software is free and that anyone can change the software in any way they want. As a result programmers worldwide are simultaneously innovating and improving the software. The purpose of a CMS is to make it as easy as possible for many people without technical skills to contribute content in many formats to benefits others. The K-net project has created simple tutorials, offers both community and personal CMSs along with well-developed tutorials. The key innovation is that many tribal communities have embraced the potential and are using these systems to demonstrate innovative personal and community applications. CMS site are based on modules for posting articles, photogalleries, online discussions, etc. There are literally hundreds of modules available - including modules for Internet TV and Internet Radio.
K-Net Case Studies and Project Overview http://smart.knet.ca/kuhkenah_flash.html
Here are video overviews of the main componsents of the Knet project including a collection of case studies that include an Introduction to K-Net and four specialized case studies covering Network Development, Education, Health and Economic Development, along with accompanying video material for each chapter of the production.
The Telehealth on-line environment http://telehealth.knet.ca -
A Sample School Site http://acec.firstnationschools.ca/
A Sample School Site http://johncyesno.firstnationschools.ca/We are using a modified Moodle environment (open source postnuke module for delivering online courses from www.moodle.com ) for teaching Grade 8 Supplementary Courses (see http://g8.firstnationschools.ca) in First Nationclassrooms across the province.
An Online International Conference http://smart.knet.ca/international
An online international conference involving online presenters from other global indigenous ICT projects. Video and audio presentations have been archived and are available.
Preserving and Teaching Indigenous Language
Examples of using modern technology
Community Sites offered free to First Nation communities, but are also offered to other communities for $300 for installation and a small monthly maintenance free. Custom graphics, additional modules and other technical enhancements are also available. Inquire at http://knet-ca/services/ (These community sites use the firstnation.ca domain which we purchase and renew each year)
Individual Sites MyKnet offers free CMS sites to individuals. There are probably 40 or 50 of these using the free
http://myknet.org environment) 60 million hits a month demonstrate that individuals are using these sites!When it comes to individuals, there are also many people who stand out ...
http://oliverdixon.myknet.org A 13 yr old from Sandy Lake. Great example of what kids are capable of these days.
Then there is Craig Hardy, the internet high school teacher, from FortWilliam First Nation ... http://fortwilliam.firstnationschools.ca/
thereis a great video clip of him sharing his thoughts atHarvey Yesno's video clip is good too ... he is another great resourceperson ...
Macromedia Breeze Multimedia Presentations
This tool is offered to all K-Net participants so they can host their own instructional presentations with video, audio, powerpoint, and more. A sample presentation is at http://breeze.knet.ca/p49035793 (you mightneed to say yes to downloading the required plug-ins). This tool isavailable for others to use at K-Net. We are always looking for new partnerswho want to promote and develop this service (especially those who work withFirst Nations and deal with remote and rural community economic and socialdevelopment [smiles])
To see Macromedia Breeze multimedia instructional presentation demo go to http://breeze.knet.ca/p49035793 and accept the offered download.Concerning the Breeze presentation platform, another nice feature that you can use during your presentation is to "share screen" which allows you to bring up you web site connections so you can do a live tour of your site. Similarily you might do the same thing for your mining of the K-Net site ... A good example of this is Jesse Fiddler's presentation at http://breeze.knet.ca/p46047897/
Brian Beaton Writes: Not too sure about time to write a one pager trying to capture 11 years of work [smiles] ... but I would once again suggest the on-line video clips do tell the story better than any one pager could. I have given a number of presentations over the years about our work and the one that I think had a big impact was to a group of university librarians at an event called Access 2002 [smiles] ... the presentation can be seen at http://knet.ca/documents/access2002.pdf
Tutorials on Learning to Build Content at Your Personal or Community CMS Site
Jesse produced a number of training resources that are available on-line at http://firstnationschools.ca ...
Click on GET HELP FOR YOUR WEBSITE! (in the upper left box under Free Online Services). The online help desk is an on-line Breeze service that Jesse and Cal use to support users to develop their CMS web sites as required.
Select first Flash Tutorial and also see the Dummies Guide to Postnuke. Both are excellent.
More soon and I learn more from my own exploring!
Maybe a good beginning point is http://ned.ca (NED – Native EDucation) which is an open source e-learning environment that we are supporting. Fernando Oliveira has been working with KO for years, facilitating a lot of these e-learning environments.
A spin-off of this work is the online
Meeting Place– http://meeting.knet.ca where all kinds of online activities are taking place. One initiative that Angie is coordinating using this online environment is the employment and training of over 30 young people from different First Nations across . Ontario
Kanina recently completed building a drupal e-business environment for a local book store where the business owners are selling and promoting their products online using this platform. She also developed another platform for the local municipality.
The use of online video is also being facilitated in a number of different activities that we are supporting. Brian Walmark and his crew that included Jordan,
and others completed an online media player that can be seen at http://research.knet.ca/?q=node/225. Then there is videoconferencing research initiative that we are involved with in partnership with the National Research Council that can be seen at http://videocom.knet.ca Cal
The NICSN work is moving forward with lots of things happening … some of this work can be seen at http://nicsn.knet.ca. Obviously we are still working on finding funding for the research consortium work but that will come ...
The First Nation owned cellular service is developing ever so slowly but it is moving forward … check it out at http://mobile.knet.ca …
Everyone I am copying on this message have their own stories to tell about their work, the First Nation partnerships they bring to the table and results that they are achieving through the effective use of IT. There are many other stories happening every day …
Thoughts?Brian Beaton, K-Net Coordinator
Box1439, 115 King Street
Lookout, ON, P8T 1B9
T: 807-737-1135 x1251
IP and ISDN video conferencing
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See also http://lone-eagles.com/indigenous.htm and http://lone-eagles.com/alaskan-resources.htm for extensive collected resources on global indigenous innovations. Australian Aboriginal resources at http://lone-eagles.com/aussielinks.htm
The following links are my personal collection for review listings and hence they are quite unorganized.
http://www.kawerak.org/ TOP grantee, bering strait, eskimo cultural
Native movies/films www.motionvisual.com
www.developmentgateway.org review indigenous resources
Indigenous webpage that belongs to the Ashaninka Community of Marankiari Bajo,
http://www.dcm.nt.gov.au/ office of the NT minister
WALTAYLOR When I discussed this issue with Jose Figeures the previous Presiden tof Costa Rica and the person who Kofi Annan has appointed to head up the ICT4D for the UN at the recent Salzburg Seminar on Digital Inclusion (see http://www.salzburgseminar.org/sessions.cfm?core_id=558&core_group=asc), he suggested that a pincer movement which involved building alliances with the private sector and the international funders was the only way he had been able to achieve success and that his experience with the WSIS process reinforced this view.
So I really hope that you get invited back to have some inputs here and that you can manage treading the line between not biting the hand that feeds you and getting some change in attitude. In terms of what we have been doing, I have been working on a number of international fronts. Firstly, I am involved in the recently funded ($CAD 900 000, SSHRC)CRACIN (Canadian Research Alliance form Innovative and Community Networking) project which provides funds to revisit the CAP and plan for the future. Secondly, we have established a Community INformatics Research Alliance (CIRN)which involves a number of the ussual international suspects to raise the profile of evaluation, process and policy in this area. Thirdly, I have developed soem strong linkages as a result of my involvement with the Salzburg Seminar on Digital Inclusion. (see the following site for some background on those behind the Salzburg Seminar initiative http://www.digitalinclusion.net/) As a result of this Microsoft has funded a company to develop a brand for Digital Inclusion which can be used free on all digital inclusion projects around the globe so that we can lift the profile of this type of work and provide some sort of verifiable independence which sends messages to funders.
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