Describe your community's past experience in establishing and sustaining effective public/private sector partnerships.

KNET's work is predicated on sustainable partnerships for community development. These partnerships enable key technical and institutional infastructural changes and have produced a critical mass of individuals in communities who are driving system-wide transformations.

During the past three years KNET has worked with Bell Canada and FedNor to initiate and coordinate regional telecommunications improvement projects such as the North of Red Lake Digital Radio Upgrade, the Satellite Served First Nations Upgrade, the Deer Lake and Poplar Hill Telecommunication Digital Data Service Upgrade, the North Spirit Lake Telecom Service Development, and the Keewaywin Telecom Service Development. KNET has also worked with the Government Telecommunications and Information Service, First Nations SchoolNet, and the Community Access Program to develop wireless connectivity infrastructure for 24 remote First Nations (see Appendix E: Letters of Endorsement for descriptions of various partnerships).

KNET Services plays a lead role in the regional diffusion of information-based literacies. KNET has partnered with Industry Canada, HRDC, INAC, the Sioux Lookout Area Aborginal Management Board (SLAAMB), Confederation College and Lakehead University to coordinate and support community-based technology transfer. KNET has delivered training programs such as the Computer Technician Training Project, the Community Access Coordinator/Network Administrator and Webmaster Project, and the Telecommunications Support Technician Project.

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