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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


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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

What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

First Nations Technology Council









Friday Feb. 20th/09


What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information.

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.


Information is an important communications resource that needs to be managed. Many First Nations communities don’t have the tools, skilled staff or financial resource to ensure that important documents are preserved and made accessible as necessary, that accountability to funders is streamlined, and that relevant community data is captured out panel will discuss requirements and provide input to the First Nations Technology Councils’ developing strategy for integrated information management.


Jane Gray: Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council.


Data should be looked at!

Health data


Education, Housing, Economic development, Language, and culture


RHS- First Nations Longitude Health Survey has been done every 4 years.


RHS has 2 main components: Regional component and community which is Ecological dada.


Data geek

Data queen

Data worriers

Data dimmer

Data dimmer (in White)

A Data dimmer deems all the data back into community RHS follows the principles of OCAP. You have Ownership, access, control and possession of your data in your community.

Too many times we have had researchers come into the communities take the data, publish a report and say “oh this reflects the First Nations

Did they go back and talk to you about that data?

Did they go back and present that data to you before they published it in a report? I don’t think so.


So what they are trying to do now is get people researchers and universities to shift that thinking. To say before you publish anything, before you do anything with that data from the community, you need to go back to it.

Take takes the RHS Data which looks at Health and Well being of First Nations Community, and take the Ecological Data from the RHS and see if the community might need diabetes training or nutritional program etc…


RHS training is funded by the Health council for data collectors.

Computer training, help and each data collector receives a computer for their use while they are doing the survey.

All the community members who participate in the survey will have their name put in a draw for a brand new I Pod. For the Health authority who participate in the community will have their name put in a draw for a new lap top 



 Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation (director in her community)Gwen


Gwen had the opportunity to let us know how the information in a community needs to be recognized and dealt with. During the time spent listening to Gwen I realized that some information in a community is not recognized and should be. A community should have a plan in place as to what they want to be figured out, a community should have a vision and a community plan more like a strategic approach.

Having a strategic approach for a community plan will help build strong, healthy family’s not just getting rid of problems.


Questions like “Why is a student missing school at this time of year” having a plan to find out answers and deal with the problem is a great way to build a healthy community.



 2009 Summit


Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation: is the IT manager for the Namgis First Nation, often recognized as one of the most technically advanced First Nations in BC. In his more than 30 years in the IT Industry, Jess has worked in many areas including network engineering, computer hard ware design, database development. GIS and User interface.



A community must manage the system and be relevant to users

Communities must know what they have and be able to ask the right questions. The system has to be sustainable and updated. Keep up with the growing evolution of technology. The system has to be useful and relevant to the community.


Keep up with the growing trend and have a long term planning in long term budgets.


Have the right software and hardware to keep a community updated and relevant to today’s changes will help a community in many ways. A system must be accessible for youth and elders as well as the general public of communities. To have elders connected you may get them involved by getting them together for tea for example to explain to them about Data Collection.


For those People who are concerned about privacy, there is a vey keep respect about this. There is a consent form for those who participate in any surveys. There is no name and just a number for all who participate. There is a protection of privacy guaranteed.



Thank you for your time and consideration I hope this article can help you!



By Carmelita Abraham

Article: What First Nations need to Take Charge of Their Own Information

Presenters: Jane Gray, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Health Survey, Health Council, Gwen Phillips, Ktunaxa Nation, Jess Gordon, Namgis Nation.


Feb. 26, 09

















March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | Leave a comment

The History and Future of Grassroots ICT Socio-economic Capacity Building

Presenter: Frank Odasz, Lone Eagle Consulting, Dillon, Montana






Specializing in fast-track internet training for rural, remote, and indigenous learners for the last 20plus years, Frank has presented at national and international conferences on online learning, community networking, indigenous broadband applications, and rural Ecommerce/Telework strategies.

As president of Lone Eagle Consulting, Frank teaches online graduate courses for rural educators across Alaska, having delivered the first internet workshops for 11 Alaskan Native villages on the Yukon River in 1998. An advocate for broadband training best practices, as detailed at http://lone-eagles.com/update2009.htm,


President Obama’s expertise with social media as demonstrated during his campaign will now be applied toward community education, and stimulation innovation at all levels in America. Global citizenship, global service learning, and opportunities for educating youth to create micromultaionals have already begun. This session will review lessons learned form www.comtechreview.org www.afcn.org and other U.S. grassroots organizations. Lone Eagle’s published response to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs:


Lone Eagle Consulting 2009 Update

National and International Rural and Indigenous Broadband Training Best Practices



Since creating the Big Sky Telegraph in 1988 to connect one-room schools “online” I’ve been innovating in Montana regarding e-learning, community networking, and in 1998, became “Lone Eagle Consulting” creating and teaching online courses for Alaska Pacific University and Seattle Pacific University as well as working with multiple projects  teaching rural ecommerce and telework strategies.



Current priorities are: Youth E-entrepreneurship, Broadband Training Best Practices, Social Media Digital Citizenship, Global Service Learning, Teaching Everyone to be both learner and teacher, both consumer and producer, all the time.

Click on this link:
  “Frank Odasz” for a quick “visual search engine” ( www.searchme.com ) overview of the volume of online resources offered online without restriction by Lone Eagle Consulting. Select “Search All.”  Add the keyword “native” or “Alaska” and you’ll see only the Lone Eagle Native and /or Alaskan resources displayed. A published history is “Big Skies and Lone Eagleshttp://lone-eagles.com/history.htm

Examples of recent Lone Eagle events and articles follow:

Global Rural ICT conference in Tokyo, March 2008, Presented for a 21 nations:
The Global Rural ICT conference context is described at
The Lone Eagle formal 15 page whitepaper has MT and AK case studies: http://lone-eagles.com/social-engineering.htm
A short summary of the draft report advising global collaboration regarding rural telecenters best practices is http://lone-eagles.com/tokyo-summary.htm Final conference report http://lone-eagles.com/apecfinalreport.pdf

Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense
Community Wellness and sustainable rural families and broadband entrepreneurship need to be integrated as “smart” community education programs. Immaculate Integration can lower costs and dramatically improve E-government services. Combining connectivity and caring with common sense to produce the authenticity of widespread citizen engagement is where the promise of broadband best meets specific rural needs.

The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It – E-commerce successes in rural Montana
http://matr.net/article-32886.html Lone Eagle’s published response to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs.

Feb. 18-22, 2009 in Vancouver BC presented for the First Nations ICT Summit,  www.ictsummit.ca
The First Nations Technology Council site is www.fntc.info and is rich with resources. (BC First Nations have $30 million for BB and “capacity building/training”  which they are now plannig to define and operationalize. Ontario’s KNET has $27 million for arctic satellite connectivity to remote villages.

Lone Eagle Presentation Title and Description
The History and Future of Grassroots ICT Socio-economic Capacity Building
President Obama’s expertise with social media as demonstrated during his campaign will now be applied toward community service, civic participation, community education, and stimulating innovation at all levels in America. Rural broadband training innovations toward teaching global citizenship, global service learning, and opportunities for educating youth to create micromultinationals have already begun. This session will review lessons learned from the history of U.S. grassroots organizations for community technology centers, community networks and will address the latest trends in use of social media for measurable socio-economic capacity-building. Lone Eagle’s published responses to challenges as to whether rural broadband can produce jobs: The Rural Broadband Challenge: Use It – E-commerce successes in rural Montana
http://matr.net/article-32886.html Health I.T, Rural Broadband, and Common Sense http://lone-eagles.com/natoahealthodasz.pdf  Lone Eagle 2009 Update http://lone-eagles.com/update2009.htm

21st Century Citizen and Community Wellness Broadband Best Practices
http://lone-eagles.com/hit.htm This document is my input for Senator Baucus on health care reform and Health information technology policy – as related to wellness broadband applications. The links to the short articles on govt. use of social media and the longer Razorfish report on consumer social media indicate major opportunities for innovation, particularly with citizen service learning engagement.

Wanted: Broadband and Broader Minds (Frank Odasz Blog Interview) Daily Yonder Rural E-newsletter Article:
http://www.dailyyonder.com/wanted-broadband-and-broader-minds  Rural Telework, Youth E-entrepreneurship, and rural broadband benefits. This Navajo Youth Chocolate ecommerce entrepreneurial success story is worth a quick review.

Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Incubator grant http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm ,Fall 2007, local trainers taught youth how to create their own free ecommerce pages complete with affiliate programs with Amazon.com and Wal-Mart which return commissions of 10-17% for items purchased online. See “Rez Bread” at http://snarf2000.tripod.com/ Web-raisings were held where attendees created free ecommerce sites in less than an hour using the tutorial at http://lone-eagles.com/tutorial.htm  Web-Raising events have been conducted in multiple communities and for MT’s SBDC directors. Montanan Ecommerce Successes are listed at http://lone-eagles.com/ecommerce-successes.htm and at http://lone-eagles.com/montana-successes.htm

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s Native American Division has posted broadband training best practices http://lone-eagles.com/best.htm on their www.fcc.gov/indians site (listed as Examples of Broadband Training Best Practices) in their Internet Resources listing: http://www.fcc.gov/indians/internetresources/     With a new FCC chairman anticipated and a new President we can expect to see a lot of innovation related to Broadband and Social Media.

Rural Community Global Competitiveness:  http://lone-eagles.com/meda2008.htm has details on the Fort Peck Community Ecommerce Project http://lone-eagles.com/fort-peck.htm   and the pending Wyoming Ecommerce Network – http://lone-eagles.com/wyomingrcdproject.htm    both as models for how Montana can grow rural demand for Broadband services.


First Indigenous ICT Conference Summary page
International Telecommunications Union sponsored First Indigenous Rural Telecenters conference. See the photo slideshow and video at the bottom of the page.  I took the photos and video – but note the poor quality resolution for what they posted. ITU and IDRC have both stated the intent to use new media to effectively promote Indigenous content but they do not seem to demonstrate any such expertise.  


The Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas
http://www.iccta-citca.org    The Guatemala trip report http://lone-eagles.com/guatemala.htm

Nativehearts Virtual Nation:
A proposal for how to change the world, submitted to Google’s $10 million dollar competition:
http://lone-eagles.com/googleproposal.htm  See also: http://lone-eagles.com/aihec.htm http://lone-eagles.com/nativehearts.htm

June 11, 2008, Washington, DC: Attended a meeting with Native Affairs directors
from SBA, USDA, FCC to discuss an online clearinghouse for broadband training best practices. Also met with the program director of www.connectednation.org which has an E-communities leadership model with grassroots broadband awareness and adoption campaigns. Their online reports are well worth a review. And met with MT Senators Baucus and Tester to discuss the letter to the MT Gov. suggesting a Rural Ecommerce and Telework Support Network and to propose hosting a conference “Why Broadband?” focused on Montanan ecommerce and telework success stories.

June 2008, Reviewed grants for the Corporation for National and Community Service www.cns.gov  for their Higher Education and Social Media Service Learning RFP.

July 17th,2008 Salt Lake City: Presented for the FCC Indian Training Institute conference www.fcc.gov/indians on creating a broadband training best practices clearinghouse.


 Where does the Promise of Broadband Meet Rural Needs?

Lone Eagle Responses:


MOST RECENT: February 2009


Dillon Center for Broadband Excellence
A feasibility study proposal to become a center of excellence in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Supercomputer Centers, INC. Montana’s first supercomputer to serve as a hub for regional business incubators.


Montana Center for Sustainable Rural Families


Dillon, Montana is getting Fiber Optics. How can the communities benefit is the theme behind this feasibility study proposal
The original much longer Montana version :


Newly Funded Alaskan Youth Grant on 21st Century Workforce Basics:


A Proposal for an Alaska Statewide Digital Inclusion program based on one online course


Proposed online course on Youth E-entrepreneurship:    “21st Century Workforce Readiness for Alaskans”

This unique pre-employment online course will address 21st Century Workforce Readiness Basics and is designed for Alaskan young men and women who are entering or about to enter the workforce.  These are times of accelerating and dramatic change, and opportunity.  Career options and robust resources will be presented for traditional careers as well as new and emerging Internet employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. 21st Century financial, business, and entrepreneurship literacy will be addressed along with information literacy and media literacy using multiple Web 2.0 social media tools in a mastery learning format.  

Social media trends in education and government: An informal literature review
http://lone-eagles.com/social-media-trends.htm Included near the end is an update on my national and international activities from the past year.

“Alaska’s Center for Sustainable Rural Families”
http://lone-eagles.com/alaskan-center.htm   A one page outline.

July 2008: Completed creation of a 3 credit graduate course for K12 Educators for New Mexico State University’s RETA Program: 
Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms.”
If you’d like to explore this new online course – go to http://reta.nmsu.edu/moodle and login in as ID: franko  PSWD: moodle1  and scroll down to “Web 2.0 for K12 Classrooms.”  It covers social media basics; blogs, wikis, podcasting, social networking, widgets, and many multimedia formats. The lesson text for lessons 11 and 12 addresses global themes related to poverty reduction, teaching entrepreneurship in primary grades to grow a global entrepreneurial culture in 5-10 years, and the commercialization of online learning. In short; how we’ll learn to earn, online as part of a global information society and economy.

Frank Odasz
Lone Eagle Consulting
Ph/Fax: 406 683 6270
Cell: 406 925 2519

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth” – Eric Fromm

March 27, 2009 Posted by | 2009 ICT Summit | Leave a comment

Gathering Our Voices 2009

An all-around great experience!
The Gathering our Voices Youth Conference held in Kelowna, was a refreshing experience from start to end. First of all seeing nearly 1200 youth from all across the province was overwhelming in its’ self. All of these young people, who came to gather and learn together, was really inspiring to me. They all seemed to be having a blast, keeping one another’s company and also meeting new people. There were so many people coming up and asking to sign their shirts or to sign their books just to see how many they could get, and really not worrying about whether they knew that person or not.
Above all, I really enjoyed the talent show. It was great to see the performers get up and share something they really love to do. I can’t even remember any of the names but we seen some; hip-hop artists, guitar player both electric and acoustic, singers, drummers, and drum groups, with a little Métis dancing as well. The energy that the room had was a great feeling, because everyone supported the person on stage. The show started and ended with many cheers, I even saw the wave happen. The talent show is something I look forward to see again.
This year the conference seemed to be about getting the youth into thinking about the future. There were so many workshops on careers and learning new things. A trade’s workshop was held for students thinking about trades as a possible career. A couple of workshops caught me off guard a bit like; the modeling workshop as well as the elders don’t bite workshop. Both these workshops were always the first ones to fill up on the board. However, I was only able to attend the elders don’t bite workshop, and it was quite amazing that these elders where there to share their stories with us and also offer advice to us.
This Conference was a total success for the Organizers, volunteers, and everybody. I would go back again for sure.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices | Leave a comment

Gathering Our Voices 2009

Speak Up! Workshop

Speak Up!

Speaking to large group of people is one of the most feared activities for adults in today’s society; now imagine how much harder it is for the youth in our communities who voices are often barely heard in the first place? Youth are not always given the chance to share there opinions or thoughts, but this was not the case in the Speak Up workshop at Gathering Our Voices, youth were given the opportunity to share what was on their mind, and learn new skills to help them better articulate themselves when addressing a large group of people. The facilitators Megan Clarkson, Soren Poulsen, and Kerry Chelsea shared there experiences with public speaking, and discussed some of the barriers that come with it, then explored different approaches to help overcome those barriers.

One of the most common barriers that people face when addressing groups is being aware of their own insecurities, many people when speaking will get caught up magnifying the insecurities they have, in their mind they will be thinking things like “how does my hair look?” or “Can they see my good side?” or “Does my voice sound funny?” This will often lead to an elevated level of anxiety well giving your presentation, making it very difficult to get you point across. Another common barrier is to set up expectations for the presentation before it even starts, this leads to built up pressure to meet the expectations the presenter thinks the audience has, often ending up with scattered thoughts because of the fear of not meeting these expectations, thus the presenter will look unconfident and give what they think is a poor presentation.

Now how does one overcome barriers such as these? Well it varies person to person but there are a few basics, the first being confidence. Presenters need to feel confident in their knowledge of the topic they speaking on, they need to be confident that they can articulate themselves enough to get their point across, and they need to be confident that they will not let their little insecurities create pressure and anxiety. One thing that can help speakers become more confident is practising their presentation, as many times as necessary, because as they say “practice makes perfect.” Another way to overcome some of those barriers faced by presenters is to be passionate about the subject being addressed, presenters should put their whole hear into it. That is how they ran the workshop, at the end the groups that were created, and in some cases individuals, presented on a topic of their choosing not and assigned topic, this lead to some very powerful and meaningful presentations.

Overall I believe that through workshops such as this, youth can become even more powerful then they already are by making sure their voices are heard and respected, which will only make the future of our communities brighter.

March 26, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices, Media Events | Leave a comment

Gathering Our Voices 2009


Keeping Culture Alive

Being a young aboriginal person who has lost touch with his culture, it was very empowering for me to witness the pride that other youth who attended the 2009 Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference had in sharing their culture. There were many opportunities through out the conference for youth to share their culture in a variety of forms; there were songs at meal time, there was a pow-wow held, and many of the performances for the talent show displayed cultural songs and dances, some of them mixing the old culture with the new. The youth were not only provided a chance to share their culture though, they were also given the opportunity to learn how to preserve there culture through many of the workshops presented as well, with topics such as working with elders, using new technology, and using funded programs.

The first aspect of preserving a culture is learning it from someone who has much knowledge about it, and who knows the most about culture? Elders, well at least that’s how it is in my community and I’m sure in most other communities as well. The elders of our communities actually lived our culture that was their way of life thus making them the best mentors for someone is trying to learn their culture, and an integral part of keeping the culture alive. In the workshop Elders Don’t Bite, they brought youth and elders together so that the youth that were looking to connect with elders could learn how to do so, and the elders that were in attendance could share their wisdom, patience, kindness, and guidance with the youth so both groups could create an atmosphere where mutual respect and understanding can grow, and work in unity to preserve aboriginal culture.

So after elders and youth get on the same page as far as teaching and learning the culture go, how do they make sure it lasts forever? Record it, and in these modern times there is so much technology available that it wouldn’t be hard to do at all, just need the right equipment and a little training. Dr. Strang Burton, in his workshop Technology & Teaching: Methods for Building a Multimedia Language Lesson, taught youth how to use a computer, a microphone, and the recording software Audacity to record language taught by elders to youth, and possibly use it in future language lessons. The workshop focused mostly on the demonstration of how simple a process it can be to work with a fluent speaker of a language and modern technology to make the language last forever.

Another workshop presented by First Voices also showed how technology that most of us already have, and I-pod and a computer, can be used to record aboriginal languages. The workshop also described the First Voices program, which provides equipment, training, and funding to first nation’s communities to help preserve their culture. First Voices has an online data base of languages from 60 different communities with public access to 35 of those languages. This makes it really easy for a community to come together and work to keep their culture alive and show everybody that they are willing to do the work.

The overall experience of attending gathering our voices 2009 was very inspiring, to see the old and the new coming together to “future proof” our culture and ensure that the generation of today, and generations in the future will be able to learn the culture, and know where they came from.

Chuu (Which means good bye in the Nuu-chah-nulth Language)

March 25, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices, Media Events | Leave a comment

The Baker Twins


Shannon and Shauna Bakerwww.thebakertwins.com

never give up

never give up



March 24, 2009


When I was at the Gathering our voices Conference located in Kelowna BC, from March 17th to the 20thof 2009. I had the great opportunity to get an interview with the twins who have their hands full with great things.

 I asked the Baker twins to share to the youth of today to let them know what they should do to get to the dreams they have in life.

The advice they both had to give is to move ahead no matter what anyone says and sometimes it might be your close friends and even the People who love you telling you that you can’t do it. Only listen to the positive words and you shall succeed. People will tell you negative things and you should not ever listen to what they say, they will say things like, No, you can’t do it, No its impossible don’t even bother, but forget about them, just keep going and never give up. If you want it bad enough it will happen and if you think positive then things will work out in your favour.


A lot of people don’t know this; Shannon and Shauna went to school and if it wasn’t for them going to school and having the educational background they wouldn’t know how to market, promote, and manage their selves. Shannon went to school for business management and Shanna went to school for marketing, sales and accounting. The twins promote their selves by: MySpace, face book and their website.


And the bt guys website is  www.thebtguys.com”

Currently, the twins are working on solo projects and they will be filming Trail of Tears filmed in LA, the girls will be playing the bad guys, basically the girls will be ghosts kill People. And the twins are working on their BT Calendar. If you want to apply to be a BT Girl you have to apply and go to


, they have a couple of celebs and couple of cast members of the show twilight. For the solo projects, Shannon is filming a movie in Vancouver and Shauna is working at Style Magazine, it’s a Canadian Magazine. Shauna is doing featured articles on designers in Canada and Shauna Hosts a TV show called City Lights.


As you can see the BT Girls are going ahead and not stopping anytime soon, so keep your eye open for the TWINS


Thank you for your time and consideration


Yours truly,


Carmelita Abraham


Miss Takla and Blogger of the North

March 24, 2009 Posted by | 2009 Gathering Our Voices, Carmelita Abraham - From the Heart, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Technology 101

DX58-SO Mobo


Over the next few weeks I will be profiling different computer components to give you a basic understating of what the component is, what it is used for and in the end what new technology is being used in newer models of each component.

This week I will be profiling Motherboards. Wikipedia describes the motherboard as the central printed circuit board in some complex electronic systems, such as personal computers. There are many different names for a motherboard, the most common being the main board, system board, logic board (on Apple computers) or in the case of geeks like myself the mobo. The function of a motherboard in a personal computer today is to house or connect to all the components that make up the computer (e.g. processor, storage devices, system memory, and peripheral devices such as the mouse and keyboard.) But it wasn’t until the late 80’s that this became popular, up until then it was common to see these components housed on individual circuit boards which in many cases didn’t make much economical sense, thus having a central circuit board for all components was necessary. This was done by creating a circuit board that provided the electrical connections which allowed components of the system to communicate with each other.

Now as far as the make up of a motherboard goes, it has a minimum number of components built in, but like everything else you can purchase one that has a few more features. But lets start with the basics first. The most important part of the motherboard is the chipset; this provides the supporting interfaces between the processor and the various components and buses, this varies by motherboard as to which processors it supports. This brings us to our next component which is the sockets in which the processor is installed; again this varies by motherboard, most commonly differentiated by the socket size required by the processor (e.g. socket 775, or 1366) There is also slots for the system memory on the mother board, also known as DIMMS, different motherboards support different type of memory (e.g. SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and many others.) Another thing found on all computer motherboards is the non-volatile memory, which contains system BIOS. There is also a clock generator on aboard as well which produces the system clock signal to synchronize different components. Expansion slots are also included on all mother boards, types of expansion slots vary between older boards and newer boards, the most common being the PCI and PCI express, and there are others available as well, these slots can be used to add expansion cards for audio, video and many other types of cards to enhance the computers performance. There are also many connectors on board to connect to peripheral devices such as storage devices, optical drives, and other I/O devices. Now as far as extra features go, most new motherboards come with headers for things like front panel connectors (e.g. USB ports, Firewire ports, audio ports.) You can also purchase motherboards with on board audio and/or video controllers as apposed to purchasing a card for an expansion slot, although aftermarket cards in some cases have higher quality performance. Other features you find on mother boards include things such as cooling hardware, and power control hardware, again this varies per board.

In the end the type of motherboard you decide to purchase depends on the system requirements of the user. I think that covers most if not all of the basics of a motherboard, check back next week as I will have another hardware profile for you.

March 23, 2009 Posted by | Earl Tatoosh - New Technology | Leave a comment