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ICT For Our Futures

TEKKRU Media’s Debut Video

The implementation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) into First Nations communities in BC is a topic that several aboriginal and government organizations have been keen to talk about.  Urban communities currently have different opportunities and services in comparison to rural communities, which has a significant impact on the lives and futures of the majority of the aboriginal population.  Increased levels of health care, education and economic development are a few areas that the TEKKRU Media Team wanted to talk about in the short advocacy video called “ICT For Our Futures”.  This video is important because it voices the desires of the aboriginal YOUTH community in regard to ICT implementation.  It is important for everyone to remember that in the world of ICT, YOUTH are a strong, able and experienced army that can and will lead the future of the digital world.

April 9, 2009 Posted by | TEKKRU Team Talk | 2 Comments

50 Interesting facts

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

5. The Mercedes-Benz motto is “Das Beste oder Nichts” meaning “the best or nothing”.


6. The Titanic was the first ship to use the SOS signal.

7. The pupil of the eye expands as much as 45 percent when a person looks at something pleasing.

8. The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night.

9. Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day.

10. The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

11. Dalmatians are born without spots.

12. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

13. The ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings) or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings).

14. Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left.

15. The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids.

16. The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee.

17. Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks.

18. The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones.

19. Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die.

20. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

21. The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonyms which are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate.

22. When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red.

23. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red.

24. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor.

25. The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney.

26. Google is actually the common name for a number with a million zeros.

27. Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jag of Flapan, instead of flag of Japan.

28. It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it.

29. The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

30. There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower.

31. The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting.

32. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death.

33. It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

34. The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.

35. Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game.

36. The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air.

37. Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die.

38. In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it
is smiling).

39. Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanish speaking countries. Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.”

40. The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot.

41. Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

42. The average person laughs 13 times a day.

43. Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are:Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil)

44. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

45. German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

46. Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.

47. Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound.

48. Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

49. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural cause.

50. The human heart creates enough pressure while pumping to squirt blood 30 feet!!



April 24, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | | 1 Comment

Revelation is Real


Friday, April 24, 2009

I have been doing alot of changes in my life, and I am sure to make more everyday. I choose to make a positive change in my life because I love to be a new person everyday. I love to have the relief in my heart that I have made a change. I believe in the real and true revalation  to who we really are as people.


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A blog about my personal reflections on God, the Bible and Christian Ministry with the occasional foray into the Book of Revelation

Friday, April 24, 2009

Born Again

Today is a special day. Twenty seven years ago today I was converted and put my trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I had a vision of Christ that fateful night. I heard His voice, saying, “I am alive! I have died for your sins”. My tears of sorrow for sin turned into joy as the love of God was poured out into my heart by the Holy Spirit. I did not know how to describe my experience those first few days of my conversion until I read Romans 5:5 a week or so later. I thank the Lord for saving an unworthy sinner such as I, and if I could be converted I guess all people can be too. Until today after 27 years none of my immediate family members (apart from my wife and son) have become Christians.

I Carmelita Abraham is a true believer in the higher power, I found the right path in my life due to praying and knowing about making the right choices in life. I have been through hard times in my life and found that the true life we all want is with the Lord or the higher power. I believe in making  the right choice in life even if it means to leave the bad in the past or right where it is and move on to better things in life. The creator will replace what ever you sacrifice with cleaner and better rewards in life.

Find your true meaning in life by making the right choices and Praying the Higher Power..



Beautiful Takla Lake BC

Beautiful Takla Lake BC

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | | Leave a comment

Make Your Life Better!!!

p1070064I found this site, and thought you might like it if you want to make you life better!!!http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-hard-ways-to-make-your-life-better.html

10 HARD Ways to Make Your Life Better 

Some of the most worthwhile things in life aren’t easy. One of the things I dislike most about “power of positive thinking”-style personal development philosophies (such as “The Secret”) is the implication that if you just have the right attitude and the right state of mind, the rest will just fall into place. I think it causes a lot of hurt and disappointment in people who invest their time, effort, and of course, money into these systems and find themselves, one or two or five years down the line, exactly where they were before.

“You must not have wanted it badly enough,” the authors of these philosophies seem to be saying. “There must still be something wrong with you.”

I don’t think that, ultimately, God or the Spirits or the Universe or the world “provides”. I think a lot of times the world puts obstacles in our way, and no amount of positive thinking makes them go away. And I think that a lot of the people who are “successful”, by whatever standard you want to use, have as much “wrong” with them as a lot of the ones who aren’t successful. Maybe more.

In any case, wherever the motivation comes from, the things that really make our lives worth living can be quite difficult. (And who knows, maybe thinking positively helps take some of the edge off of doing the hard stuff?) What’s more, they can take a lot of time to do, and even more time to get right. But I think that doing is the important thing, not the result — throwing yourself into something with all your heart, mind, and soul is the success, not the “growing rich” part.

Here, then, are ten things that are really hard to do but which have an incredible power to make your life better.

1. Start a business

My dad, who has been self-employed almost all his life, used to tell me that “Only jerks work for jerks.” Working for someone else puts you at their mercy and subjects you to their whims — and often their poor management skills. Not only that, but the profit of your labor goes into their pockets.

Starting a business puts you in control of your work life, and your money. It’s hard — small businesses fail every day. But the rewards of even a failed venture can far outweigh the risk. Just knowing that your failure was the result of your own choices — instead of a decision made at a corporate office a thousand miles away — can be liberating.

2. Organize a group

What makes you passionate? Chances are, being around other people who are passionate about the same thing would make you even more passionate about it. Often the only thing keeping you and them from coming together is that nobody’s put out a sign saying “Come and talk!” Getting a group going is a tremendous challenge, and very often the personality of the founder leaves a tremendous mark on the group as a whole. Seeing a group grow and take off can be tremendously awarding — but even failing can teach you important things about leadership.

3. Volunteer

I don’t mean spend Thanksgiving at a soup kitchen, though that can often be challenging enough. What I mean, though, is to make a long-term investment in your community by joining school committees, donating three hours a week in a shelter, hosting a monthly read-along at the library, tutoring at-risk children after school, teaching adult literacy classes at a local prison, or any of a million ways to play a role in the lives of people who need you. Perhaps the most pressing need in our society is for people to take an interest in and engage with their communities.

4. Take an active role in your children’s’ activities

Pick one thing your child does and commit yourself to it. Coach their team, become a Brownie leader, spend a weekend day in the workshop with them, buy a bike and ride along with them — make their passions your own. Don’t crowd them — especially if you have


— but show them that you value something they do by giving them your time and interest.

5. Start a family

I don’t mean have kids. That can be all too easy! Make the decision to have a family, which means to give of yourself fully to another person or several people. Risk being vulnerable by sharing your fears, quirks, and failures with someone else; you might find it makes you stronger than ever before.

This transcends marriage and parenthood. There are lots of people who can’t marry because the law prevents it. There are people who can’t have children. These are not the essential ingredients of family. The essential ingredients are love, mutual respect, trust, and open giving. Find (or make) someone you can share that with.

6. Write a book

It feels really, really good to see your name on a book cover, but it feels even better to know that someone, somewhere, might find his or her life changed by something you’ve written. Share your particular expertise, whether it’s story-telling or woodworking, with the world — or just your family. Time isn’t the big issue (though it is an issue — don’t let the positive thinkists tell you otherwise!) but if you commit yourself to a page a day — a couple hundred words — within a year you’ll have a pretty decent-sized manuscript. That’s something to work with!

7. Learn an art

Take painting lessons, a pottery workshop, a music class, whatever — learn to express yourself and you might find a self worth expressing. Don’t settle for being a “Sunday painter” — devote yourself to an art and master it.

8. Run for office

The world needs smart, dedicated, and upright people to take care of all the fiddly details of making things run. As it happens, running for local office isn’t as challenging as you’d think (which isn’t to say it’s easy) — Michael Moore, the filmmaker, ran for school board while he was still in high school. Just for kicks. And won! It’s fine to have your heart set on the White House or Capital Hill, but try your hand at city councilperson, county registrar, or something closer to home first. And be clean — run for the experience of putting your community on a better path, and not for the power.

9. Take up a sport

Enough with the

working out

already! Sure, you want to be healthy, but the whole treadmill-running, iPod-listening, 45-minutes-after-work thing is a little anti-social, don’t you think? OK, you want some solitude once in a while — fine. But at least add a sport, something you do with other people. You’ll be spending time interacting with others, while also developing team-building and leadership skills. And, you might learn something from your fellow players.

10. Set an outrageous goal — and achieve it!

The nine tips above are only a handful of ideas about how to make your life better. Maybe you want to record an album, climb a mountain, make the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca), see 20 countries — don’t just settle for tiny goals, push yourself all the way to the edge and figure out how to make the craziest thing you can think of happen. Yes, you’ll have to learn a lot along the way, and plan months or even years in advance — that’s what makes outlandish goals worthwhile.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

I don’t want to suggest that you need to do all these things to be happy — doing just one is quite a handful! But if you’re unhappy with your life, if you want to make a change for the better, you need to think big and you need to be ready to put in the work to make it happen. It’s easy to “visualize success” and to “think positively”; it’s not so easy to throw yourself into the unknown and make it work. But if you can make it work, you’ll gain far more than you can imagine.

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Beautiful Takla lake BC Peace In Takla Lake BC

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To Text, or not to Text?

Believe it or not there are people out there who do not like to text, including myself. Texting was one of those things that was just a total waste of time for me. I mean time wise I could say what I needed to say in seconds with talking. Whereas with texting you spend almost two to three times as longer to say the same thing. You know the drill; open your phone, go into message icon, put in the number and start the message. Just way to long for me and I hated it, especially with the regular number pads on cell phones. Sure predictive text helped a bit, only on certain words. Is there help for those people who hate texting, is there a better way?
There are ways to make texting a more enjoyable experience. For those who hated texting as much as I did. Yes I said, as much as I did! Using predictive text is a great option but you will find at times it will pick other words, than the one you want to say. However, for those people who hate texting this option does not make texting any better. All we want is texting to be easier and faster for us. It really doesn’t help us that we have to press a lot buttons, up to three times to get to a certain letter. Like pressing the number five, three time to get the letter L. I would really get frustrated pressing a button that many times, and be like OMG!!!!! OK, I wanted to say a lot more than that. It’s just that OMG’s letters on the keypad where a lot closer than the other phrase options that I wanted to use. Ok, so I’m now getting off topic but I think I ‘am getting closer to the answer.
The answer: a full QWERTY keyboard. So it was time for me to get a new phone. I shopped around and really wanted a Blackberry (BB), but the one I wanted had really bad reviews. I had seen the phone in action a couple of times and saw how bad it was. From there I started the research for a new phone all over again. All BB’s have QWERTY keyboards so I though why don’t I try a phone with that full key board thing. Which brought me to the Palm Treo Pro, and I have to say I love it to pieces. The QWERTY keyboard is amazing, I received a few texts when I first got and wanted to see if it would do the job. Oh who am I kidding, I ‘am a guy with a new toy!!!!! I played with my new phone and all its options. I used that QWERTY keyboard for; texting, e-mails, trying to type things out on mobile office anything, and everything. I could not believe how easy the keyboard was to use. That’s when I realized, hey wait a minute I’m texting a lot more??? I sent more texts in one sitting with the new phone than I had with the old one. What the hell am I doing, I hate texting, but this keyboard thing is so quick and easy to use.  I was like OMG I think I like texting. I was a little confused. My new phone has made me see the light. I ‘am a born again texter, and I like it!


April 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Technology is affecting my community in a positive way.

Happy Good Fiday

Happy Good Fiday

Here in Takla, life is peaceful, great and very quite. If the people of Takla Lake aren’t fishing, hunting, cutting wood, or just living, we are at the band office on the internet or working. I am happy to see a lot more people find their interest in the new technology that is coming out. The youth play games on their Xbox’s or just watch TV.


I have seen a lot of change in my community in the past year, as I see more and more, community members become involved in the new trend of technology. I see more community members finding their interest in sites like Face Book and MSN Hotmail. I think when community members have a computer there is a lot more communication going on in there life. Computers, Digital cameras, cell phones and Video Recorders are the way of new technology for the Natives of Takla lake First Nations. When community members travel to Fort St. James they use their cell phones and some bring their lap tops. The Internet connection can be made through dial up in their homes and for Satellite connection, the members would have to go to the band office or the school. People at the Health center get their internet connection as well.


As I see a growing number of adults and youth taking the chance to learn the ways of new media, the more faces I see smiling and laughing as they learn everyday.


As you see here in the Picture, the smiles on their faces are real.


Younger Generation

Younger Generation

Face BOOk
Face BOOk
Face book and eamil is a great way to keep intouch with friends and co-workers!!

Work online
Work online

Use the Internet to communicate with firends or co-workers. Take fun and creative pictures, take the time to serf the internet and have fun while your learn.

Take Care everyone and Share this site to all your firends. Your friend,
Carmelita Abraham, Miss Takla and Blogger of the North
Have Fun Online

Have Fun Online

Make new creations
Make new creations

April 10, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | 2 Comments

Technology 101

System Memory

The system memory is the place where the computer stores all the programs and data that are currently in use. There are a few different levels of system memory, but today I will be dividing them into two categories, Random Access Memory (RAM), Read Only Memory (ROM), each with a specific function in system operation, and system performance.

RAM is a kind of electric pool of memory that is used by the computer to temporarily hold the current software being used (e.g. Operating System, Application Programs), and the current data being created by the user. Ram is located in the DIMM slots on a motherboard, the amount of DIMM slots available limits how much RAM chips can be installed. RAM is volatile, it only works when the computer is powered on, and any information stored here will be erased once the computer has been shut down. Thus Software programs must be permanently stored on a Hard Disk or some sort of media storage, so the computer can load and remove programs from the memory as instructed by the user. With software programs and operating systems becoming much more powerful, there has been a large increase in demand for lager quantities of RAM. For example in the year 2000 it was typical to see a computer ship with around 128 MB of RAM, but now computers are typically shipped with 2 GB of memory, which is a considerable increase and will only continue to do so with newer motherboards supporting 12+ GB of RAM. RAM can also be found on graphics cards and in the Cache memory of the CPU.

Read Only Memory Basic Input/Output System (ROM BIOS) is a group of integrated circuits that is in charge of starting the computer checking RAM, and loading the operating system. This memory is primarily used when starting or rebooting the computer. ROM can also be found in calculators and printers, as its primary function is to read information and process it during the time it resides in the memory. When it’s finished it clears itself and waits for the next entry. It does not do anything other than read information and process it based on the device, or in this case based on the type of computer.

That is all the info I have for this week Check again next Monday for more tech info.

April 6, 2009 Posted by | Earl Tatoosh - New Technology | Leave a comment

Technology 101

Intel Core i7 Processor


A microprocessor, or central processing unit (CPU), is located on the motherboard of a computer, where it receives and executes instructions from computer programs which have been activated by the user. The design and use of the CPU has changed dramatically since earlier models, but the fundamental operation has remained the same; to process all information and instructions going in and coming out of the computer.

Older model CPU’s were larger in size than modern processors, and were typically custom designed as part of a larger, sometimes one of a kind system. But this method of custom designed CPU’s became very expensive very fast, this lead to the development of mass-produced processors which were designed for variety purposes, rather than just one. This became a very popular trend as mini, and micro computers became increasingly popular, which allowed the processors to become much smaller in size. As technology has advanced the CPU has also become much faster with newer processor speeds being measured in Gigahertz, as apposed to earlier models whose speed was measured in Megahertz.

With CPU’s becoming smaller and faster, their presence has expanded to many other digital devices that we use in our every day lives, and has come a long way from the days where the only application for a CPU was in a dedicated computing system. Now we see microprocessors in thing like cars, cell phones, and even in some children’s toys. As technology continues to advance these little chips will be found in almost anything and will be faster than ever. That is all I have for this week, check again next week for more computer hardware profiles.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Earl Tatoosh - New Technology | Leave a comment

Ensuring youth are prepared for the digital world when they finish school


Tekkru media

Tekkru media

Ensuring youth are prepared for the digital world when they finish school



Careers in the information age are dependent on workers that know how to navigate the landscape of the digital world.


However, there is a reluctance to fully engage ICT in First Nations communities homes and schools because it competes with traditional ways of learning and knowing.

Also there is a need for community involvement in the technology participation to better motivate the youth in a non threatening comfortable environment.


A starting point to ensuring that a basic level of digital literacy is achieved for youth by the time they leave high school would be to first identify what they do know so that you can determine what needs to be taught.


Students would not be able to achieve digital literacy without the resources to do so.  Resources include good quality computers and connections that are comparable to the rest of the province.


Because digital literacy is a new form of knowledge, teachers have to stay ahead of the learning curve when applying technology to their curriculum.  Basic courses that students take such as IC3 need to be taken by all teachers in every school.  Teachers in First Nations communities find that their time is consumed by the number of tasks upon them because they have to manage multiple job descriptions.  Learning technology may be seen as an unwanted burden, not realizing the importance of technology for this upcoming generation.


 In conclusion by creating a properly equipped environment with the right recourses, trained educators and community support you make certain the youth can easily adapt to the new learning curve, and enter the digital workplace with the appropriate skills and knowledge to succeed.


Tekkru Media group

November 27/2008

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart | Leave a comment

So you want to be a Rock Star!



So you want to be a Rock Star!




Presented by: Sandy Scofield and Garry Oker






Sandy Scofield is a multi-award winning musician and composer based in Vancouver BC. She is a Métis woman (Saulteaux and Cree descent); her European heritage is French. Sandy hails form four generations of fiddlers, singers and musicians on both sides of her family and has been singing and making racket for most of her life! Over the years, she has fronted many groups in various genres, and mentored innumerable singers and songwriters out in Indian country in the way of rudimentary music theory, vocal production, ea training, harmony, the craft of song writing and music-industry protocol. In the curse of acquiring a BFA in music, she has studied electroacustic music with international pioneer Barry Truax, composition with acclaimed Canadian New music composer Owen Underhill, and also studied African music at Legon featured in concert, Woman in Electroacustic Music, “at Vancouver’s Western Front in 2007 alongside works by international acclaimed composers Hildegard Westerkamp and Katherine Norman. Along with compositions commissions, she works as a recording producer and soundscape designer and has performed in France, Vienna, Germany, Korea, Australia, Mexico and at Washington DC’s Smithsonian institute.


Gary Oker

Gary Oker





Gary Oker CEO and president of the innovative design firm SYMBOLS Cultural Design, is a leading proponent of “Cultural design Thinking”- a means of discovering cultural that uses design methodologies to tap into deep reservoir of opportunities and a method of meeting people’s needs that produces new procedures that connects information exchange between people form different cultures. Mr. Oker received his Masters Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in 2005. His artistic side started at a young age watching his mother and grandmother crate beautiful pieces of art using traditional hides and beads. Garry went on to study Visual and Performing Arts and Fashion Design and graduated with Distinction from St. Lawrence College, Kingston Ontario. Oker is an innovative designer who incorporated cultural mythology with communicative arts for innovative business solutions. His company SYMBOLS Cultural Design transforms practices that assists clients seeking organizational changes by using design approach to help them see themselves as apart of the solution to move things forward. He works side by side with his clients to create new product and service offerings, as well as the system structures, and mindset need to develop them. Oker has the ability to lead and inspire design team s and have designed complex cultural learning experiences. Oker strongly believes the competitive advantage derives form creating a culture of innovation, which is based on core human values of collaboration, diversity, tolerance, openness and trust. Garry has traveled throughout Canada, USA, and Europe marketing expressing of leading edge projects through digital media, art, fashion, and music. In his latest project he recomposed traditional ancient songs into contemporary musical that animates the story of the spiritual expression of the northern Danezza dreaming tradition.






The award winning stars shared their experience in the business and worked with participants to show how technology is making “music making” something any aspirating star can do.



 The session workshop was interactive and fun!

Musicians were invited to bring their instruments and show off their stuff.

As for myself, I had the opportunity to do a rap about my past and have a message to bring across with that. There was a technician there with Gary to help make all the music right together, the program Garry had been using was Garage Band by Apple.


I wasn’t the only participant who put in to the song there were a few others and the finished song was played later on that night at the ICT Summit Community Champion Awards Banquet.


I have to say the song that was created was fabulous! It was a cultural and modern sound. I was shocked, in such a small span of time for a finished song like that. I have to say Good Job everyone for putting such hard work into something that turned out to be beautiful.


Thank you for all your time and consideration


Your friend at Tekkru media https://tekkru.wordpress.com


Carmelita Abraham 


here is the link for the song we created








March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | | 1 Comment