Welcome to Keewaytinook Okimakanak

Keewaytinook Okimakanak, which means Northern Chiefs in Oji-Cree, is a non-political Chiefs Council serving Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill First Nations. The organization is directed by the Chiefs of the member First Nations who form the Board of Directors. Through its close awareness of community needs and its team approach, the Council advises and assists its member First Nations. The Council provides services in the areas of health, education, economic development, employment assistance, legal, public works, finance and administration, and computer communications (K-Net Services). The Executive Director liaises with the six Chiefs, with the staff of the Council and with other organizations and governments.

Current Chiefs:

Chief Roy Dale Meekis, Deer Lake First Nation
Chief Joseph Crow, Fort Severn First Nation
Chief Chris Kakegamic, Keewaywin First Nation
Chief Vontane Keno, McDowell Lake First Nation
Chief Caroline Keesic, North Spirit Lake First Nation
Chief Alice Sugashie, Poplar Hill First Nation

Hamza Zakari
4 days 11 hours
K-Health Assistant Health Director

The KO Assistant Health Director is a full-time position responsible to provide assistance to the KO Health Director for the overall management and coordination of health programs and services delivered by KO Health and to provide training and support to KO Health staff.

Angie McCleary
1 month 6 days
eHealth Projects Coordinator

Under the supervision of the Clinical Services Coordinator, the eHealth Projects Coordinator takes the lead in expanding eHealth projects, and developing new projects to integrate eHealth applications into the routine delivery of health care in the district. As eHealth Projects Coordinator, s/he conducts regular visits to First Nation communities and assists with expansion of the program based on KO eHealth’ yearly fiscal budget. S/he promotes projects through partnership development, visits communities to conduct needs assessments, and plans, launches and manages pilot projects. Along with partners, s/he evaluates pilot projects and recommends roll-out to the district. The eHealth Projects Coordinator provides assistance by helping management with needs assessments, funding proposals, policies and procedures, pilot projects, roll-out, data collection and report-writing.

Kevin Dempsey
1 month 2 weeks
Interview with KiHS Graduate

A former KiHS graduate Nathaniel Anderson is now attending Culinary Management at the Confederation College in Thunder Bay. Kevin Dempsey sits down with him and asks a few questions about his program.