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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









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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.


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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

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