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 Paul Burke, 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 Jacob Strang, Poplar Hill First Nation

Kevin Dempsey
1 year 7 months
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.

Franz Seibel
1 year 10 months
Invitation to a Meeting with Ministers to design an Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

January 5 and 6, 2016 – Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dear Survivors, Families and Loved Ones;

KO Chiefs
2 years 3 weeks
Innovative Safe Water Project Reaches CBC Nation News and APTN

KO and partner First Nations are recognized as working on an innovative solution to safe drinking water.

Franz Seibel
2 years 2 months
Wataynikaneyap Power Signs Partnership Agreement with FortisOntario and RES Canada

The KO Chiefs signed a partnership agreement as owners of Wataynikaneyap Power with the company that will build the transmission line to connect their First Nations.

Denis Nault
2 years 3 months
Safe Water Project (Open House)

You are invited to attend a demonstration of Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s (KO) latest water and wastewater initiative, the Safe Water Project, at an Open House on August 12, 2015.

Franz Seibel
2 years 5 months
Deer Lake First Nation Draft Land Use Plan Open House

Chief Royle Meekis, council, Elders and community members hosted an open house in Deer Lake and Red Lake this week to share their Draft Land Use Plan.