Information and Activity Plan 2000 - 2001
The following plan was endorsed by the Atlantic Policy of First Nations
Chiefs at their June 14-15, 2000 meeting in Prince Edward Island. We sincerely
appreciate all of the input and thought that helped to form our plan for
the next year.
We believe that the program got off to a good start in 2000. We also
believe that the greater the sense of ownership among the grassroots people
using the Help Desk, the greater its success will be.
Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk will strive to accomplish
Establish Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk Advisory Committee
and seek input and guidance from the committee.
Continue to respond to requests for help from Atlantic First Nations
maintain telephone help line: (toll free) 1-877-484-7606
continue e-mail support (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com)
Continue to utilize contests and internet web site, firstnationhelp.com
and promote educational computer use among Native youth.
Conduct monthly contests to run parallel with school year.
Progress to date: From December 1999 to June 2000 there were
six contests, four class and two individual. Participation has come from
NB, NS, PEI, and NFLD. Click on the "Contests" button of our web page,
for full details.
Integrate more fully and seamlessly the services offered by Industry
Canada and SchoolNet into the array of services offered by Atlantic
Canada’s First Nation Help Desk.
Support and monitor discussion groups where ideas and solutions
can be exchanged among the users.
Progress to date: Now there is a forum where educators and students
can post "bulletin board" types of correspondence to share thoughts, ideas,
and resources. Click on the “Discussion groups” button to see how it works
and what has been entered so far.
Develop and expand on-line database of fixes and solutions.
Progress to date: Click on "Fixes and upgrades" on web page.
Goal: Have the on-line database of fixes and solutions up and
available by the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year. To date, only
the Olivetti upgrade and YK2 problem has been listed.
Establish and test remote administration of at least one member's
satellite computer system to provide more direct support where qualified
in-house staff are not available (i.e. PCAnywhere).
Work with communities to develop policies related to showing pictures
of children on the internet, internet filtering software, and
Create strategies for effectively reaching each of the following target
Design a pamphlet.
Design a poster.
Visit each First Nation SchoolNet site during autumn in "travelling
road show" to promote activities and awareness.
evaluate sites - obtain inventory of IT resources
hold information sessions
install PCAnywhere, if requested
what is available from Atlantic Canada’s First Nation Help Desk
what is available for Industry Canada & SchoolNet
internet connection reimbursement
seek input from what is needed at each school and community
explore alternatives to DirectPC in well-connected communities
identify key school and community contacts
assess web page interest for future contacts
Seek more ownership of the project at the grass roots level including:
possible web page follow up contact with schools, or
possible regional web page design workshops
work closely with Advisory Committee
seek more involvement from educators and parents in developing contests,
judging, and using the discussion groups
on-going, on-line interaction
meet at least once a year for planning, brain storming, and evaluation
seek enhanced participation from students
work with advisory committee toward the goal of effectively utilizing new
technological capabilities and integrating them into on-going and new educational
Infrastructure, Research and Development
complete the following upgrades to web server firstnationhelp.com
develop desktop video capabilities with video, sound, and titles
streaming audio (to allow language files to be transmitted and played)
streaming video (to allow movie clips to be played)
upgrade web page design capabilities to include more "flash and pizzaz"
via java script, animated gif's and other means to make the pages more
appealing to youth.
explore the possibility of adding sound files to materials developed by
the Centre of Excellence, and making them available on our web pages
explore the possibility of linking to other language initiatives that may
develop funding proposals designed to build upon new technological capabilities
Respond to Industry Canada opportunities to engage in SchoolNet
related activities, thereby generating more income toward self-sustainability.
develop proposal for "phrase of the week" language initiative
consult with advisory committee and educators to brainstorm other projects
Provide reporting structure (including appropriate year-end reports)
contract with Industry Canada to inform Atlantic First Nation communities
without schools of pre-cap (community access program) grants
contract with Industry Canada to assist in the distribution and support
of DirecPC satellite systems (replacing Olivetti computers).
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
Industry Canada (SchoolNet)
Human Resources Development Canada