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The Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, North Spirit Lake, and Poplar Hill First Nations share a collaborative vision for community wellness and development. We call our vision the Kuh-ke-nah Network of Smart First Nations, an integrated scalable network resource that each community will contribute to and draw from.. We share similar conditions and a future of self-governance - a transformative challenge that they plan to meet together.

Our goal is to use Kuh-ke-nah to re-construct the protocols of work and service delivery in our communities, to re-articulate local standards of living, and to re-determine our socio-economic interface with Canada and the world. We aim to do this work in partnership with government and business, ideas and capital, infrastructure and services. The Kuh-ke-nah Network envisions a geographically contingent cluster of First Nations sharing a common telecommunications resource. It foresees local construction of Information Technology Centres where connectivity is managed, applications converge and where citizens, learners, clients, and professionals interact.

Kuh-ke-nah will bring community access to new generation services such as electronic democracy and commerce, health informatics, distributed learning and delivers new ways of meeting local demand for information-based skills and competencies. The Kuh-ke-nah project builds a bridge between knowledge-intensive expertise and local needs, creates new opportunities for telework in communities, and proposes a new standard of interoperability between First Nations and Canada.

Smart Communities designation for Kuh-ke-nah acknowledges the commitment and investment that these First Nations have already made. Demonstration project status will lever new partners and applications and attribute confidence to this locally initiated undertaking. It will position Kuh-ke-nah as a model for emerging nations worldwide, as a schema for regional cooperation and development, and as a method for empowering individuals and communities to make informed choices about their future. Being recognized as a demonstration site also engages Kuh-ke-nah in a formative cycle of improved practice - a direct means for sharing expertise among project partners and learning from project conditions and constituencies.

Our First Nations will use this project as a way to adjust to changing circumstances. It is a valued networked solution with the potential for improving First Nation's access to the social, cultural, and economic mainstays of Canadian well-being. It is a logical next step for communities who introduced wireless local area networking in advance of residential telephony. It also expresses a broadly-based political consensus that technological synergies will meet acute health and education needs in communities.

Kuh-ke-nah reaches back at the same time that it moves forward. It engages Indigenous concepts such as open systems/non-linear thinking and recontexualizes traditional processes such as lifelong learning. Kuh-ke-nah uses new media to demonstrate how many and diverse voices can communicate in one world. It establishes a collaboratory, a place where human needs and technological capacities are shared and innovation is an outcome and an ingredient of a renewed learning relationship between First Nations and Canadian society.

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