Updated:Apr 9, 2002
First Nations Connect Conference

"A technological revolution is transforming society in a profound way. If harnessed and directed properly, information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to improve all aspects of our social, economic and cultural life. ICTs can serve as an engine for development in the 21st century, yet the majority of the world's population has yet to benefit from the new technology," says Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

United Nations' Resolution Press Release
on the World Summit on the Information Society:
Addressing the 'Digital Divide' and Harnessing Development Potential of ICTs
Geneva, January 9, 2002

The Kuh-ke-nah Network (K-Net) Smart First Nations Demonstration project's Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Information Technology Conference (called FIRST NATIONS CONNECT) is now over. This very successful gathering was held on February 11 to 14, 2002 in Thunder Bay.

The conference was the place where Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) resource people shared development strategies, leading edge technology solutions and unlimited opportunities with NAN community leaders and decision makers. Community owned local networks - connecting citizens and providing new economic development opportunities were highlighted and demonstrated.

These enabling tools have led many communities into the digital age and opened new doors of opportunity. The First Nation Connect conference was one step towards establishing a NAN-wide strategy for linking all the NAN communities to the Information Highway.

Speakers from across NAN representing both public and private industry presented some of the latest advancements that have been made by communities. Advancements that have benefitted both citizens and business.

We are inviting visitors to this site to share their IT experiences relating to past builds, existing builds, case histories, success stories, and future development plans in First Nation communities.

  Listen. Learn. Connect



visit http://knet.ca,
e-mail brian.beaton@knet.ca or
call 877-737-KNET

Keewaytinook Okimakanak:

visit http://knet.ca/info.html,
e-mail geordi.kakepetum@knet.ca or
call 800-387-3740

  Thanks to our Partners and Sponsors
Bell Canada
Telesat Canada
Hydro One
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Office of Learning Technologies
The Federal Economic Development Initiative in Northern Ontario
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Visit site
Conference Final Report
K-Net / IC / Telesat News Release
First Nations Connect News Release
Contact North News Release

(see the poster)