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AFN Infrastructure Conference :”Building for a Sustainable Future”

on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 19:00

During February 3-5, 2014 the Assembly of First Nations sponsored The National First Nations Infrastructure and Tradeshow “Building for a Sustainable Future” at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. Frontiers Foundation Founding Director Charles Catto was invited by the AFN to give a 45 minute presentation (translated) featuring our national “Standing Tree to Standing Home” activity but also including our history, our educational and overseas profile addressing total community needs.

Opening prayer was led by Elder Gary Sault of the New Credit Mississauga First Nation, followed by our longtime friend Jimmy Dick’s Drum and Song and welcomes from Mississauga’s Chief Brian Laforme, Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy, and Bill Traverse (AFN Housing and Infrastructure).

In his opening address National Chief Shawn A-In-chut Atleo appreciatively recognized Frontiers Foundation. His presentation was followed by Irving “Bing” Leblanc, Associate Director on Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Issues who gave an overview of the agenda. During the succeeding three days Federal (AANDC and CMHC) and Provincial (Hon. Kathleen Wynne) speakers outlining available government programs was followed by appropriate concurrent workshops on Private Public Partnerships for First Nations, National First Nations Housing strategy, Infrastructure and Alternative Financing, Clean Water Initiatives and Innovative Solutions, Identifying Housing Challenges, Drinking Water Safety, Building and Renovating to Avoid Mold, Asset and Maintenance Management, Successful Housing Essentials, Housing as a Business, Sustainable Community Infrastructure, Sustainable Wastewater Treatment, Building with Aboriginal Wood, Fire Prevention Programs, First Nations Health, Disaster Coping Capacity, Financing Options, Building Resilient Communities, Improved Housing Construction, Governance Structures, Infrastructure Delivery Options, Revolving Loans, Home Insurance, Affordable Homeownership and Building Skills, Drinking Water Chlorination and other related issues.

Concurrently the conference hosted a magnificent trasdeshow showcasing the complete range of housing construction products and related programs .

At Conference closing, Charles was presented with a “Make it Right” all purposes tool combining hammer, screwdrivers, bottle opener, punch, etc.!

Thank you Shawn, Bing and all at AFN for honouring Frontiers Foundation as an effective partner in the cause of First Nations housing.

Happy New Years

on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:37



Green light for AMIK II

on Sun, 10/27/2013 - 03:15

Building permit to proceed with construction of 20 units, located at 3087 Danforth Avenue was approved by Toronto City Hall.

Sod turning for Amik II housing complex at Victoria Park/Danforth area will follow soon.

The New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation (NFARC) strives to make affordable housing a reality for many aboriginal citizens that live in Toronto. Projects Amik II and III are materializing both in East Toronto to be occupied by First Canadians. Sod turning for Amik III at 3738 St. Clair Avenue East will be mid-November.

Project Amik team: L to R: Nick Ainis, FusionCorp Builder Ed Starr, SHS Consultant Marco A. Guzman, NFARC President Steve Hilditch, Architect

Wiphala Flag Flies at Toronto City Hall

on Sat, 10/26/2013 - 19:26

Toronto Multicultural Calendar covered the Whiphala raising at city hall which was run by CANO. Follow the link to the article.


Canadian Governor General’s Medal:

on Sat, 10/26/2013 - 18:43

September 27, 2013

Dear Lylas,

Last night at Frontiers Foundation AGM, President Lawrence Gladue praised you for your work and being a splendid person. He wanted to personally present this medal to you, however due to your daughter’s health you couldn’t make it.

Back in 1996 I was fortunate to meet you for the first time at Wagoshig First Nation building log houses after which you became one of our Aboriginal Operation Beaver volunteers of the year. In subsequent years I saw you in action in many housing projects in Northern Ontario and in Quebec at Kitcisakik, handling our LT40 Woodmizer. Also wherever and whenever you laboured, that wonderful Evelyn was with you, sharing your assignment and equally worthy of recognition.

Thanks to your presentation at the Indigenous Conference in Vancouver, B.C. the world learned about Frontiers volunteer work in Canada’s third world.

Your personal contribution to voluntary sector resulted in improved health and better living conditions for so many families in Northern Ontario, Northern Quebec and lately in Northern Manitoba.

Thank you for sharing your housing construction skills, expertise in handling our donated Woodmizer sawmills, recruiting volunteers like Liss Larson, training so many young Aboriginal people and foremost, thank you for your spirituality.

May the Great Spirit bless you,

Marco A. Guzman, LL.D.
Executive Director


2014 Raising Peace - CCIVS

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 17:40

Dear Friends,
The workplan: Raising Peace – from Grassroots actions to Global Campaigns promoting Peace and Human Rights for 2014 was approved by the Council of Europe.
Following the Plan of Action the workplan aim are to strengthen the role of international voluntary service organisations as key players in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education.
The objectives that were set to support the network in achieving this aim are:

To improve the quality of the coordination work carried out in the peace and human rights thematic area of action;
To raise awareness on Human Rights and Peace construction all over Europe, underlining the fact that construction of peace is the result of the construction of a fair, inclusive, diverse, sustainable and participative society;
To increase the number of trainers with an expertise in Peace and Human Rights Education and able to act as multipliers;
To increase the advocacy and international representation skills of the international voluntary service movement;
To increase visibility of the results achieved in the Peace and Human Rights thematic area of action in order to achieve a higher impact;
To centralise the international voluntary service organisations’ know-how in the field of Peace and Human Rights Education and make it available for all international voluntary service organisations.
The project will be divided up into:

1. Steering Team Meeting: A working group on Peace and Human Rights, that coordinates strategies of existing campaigns and activities. A first physical meeting will be organised in the beginning of 2014; further meetings will be held by Skype. The first meeting will focus on 2 items: the coordination of the 2014 activities; the setting up of a coherent training kit on Peace and Human Rights Education that gathers the materials developed by CCIVS members (and relevant stakeholders) in the last years.

2. Training Course on Campaigning and Promoting Peace and Human Rights projects in Rome: aiming at supporting international voluntary service by providing them with the opportunity to enhance their capacities to develop and implement campaigns that promote Peace and Human Rights

3. Training of Trainers on Peace and Human Rights Education in France. The main aim of the training is to empower young people involved in international voluntary service organisations to develop and lead youth trainings focusing on Peace and Human Rights Education.

4. Implementation of a Global Communication Strategy on Peace and Human Rights in the IVS movement: The setting and implementation of a global communication strategy for ongoing Peace and Human Rights Education campaigns that gives bigger visibility to existing initiatives and helps giving a coherent image to what is happening in the international voluntary service movement for the promotion of a culture of Peace and Human Rights. This strategy will include the creation of a website, the reporting of activities (real time by streaming), the online publication of all selected training materials, etc.

5. Promotion of an Awareness Raising Campaign within IVS projects that links Peace to all fundamental values of social justice: The fact of having trained 25 trainers on Peace and Human Rights Education and 25 trainees for campaigning, advocacy and international representation will bring the capacity and the opportunity to their countries to set actions, and trainings in their local work. Taking advantage of the fact that CCIVS members organise hundreds of projects every year in their countries, training and campaigning activities will be included in several projects of 10-15 countries on the Peace and Human Rights thematic area of action

Further information will be sent out concerning this workplan later on in the year.

Best wishes


CCIVS Secretariat
1, rue Miollis
75015 Paris, France
Tel. +33 1 45684936

Operation Beaver Volunteers at Piikani First Nation, Alberta

on Thu, 10/10/2013 - 17:40

In all my years of volunteering I would say that today (which has been the culmination of months of hard work) has been one of the most gratifying days ever. In a nutshell I have recently sourced enough free food to supply both the newly formed Piikani Food Bank and Piikani Soup Kitchen ad infinitum, and today we had the opening 'ceremony' for both endeavours. This is purely a Piikani Nation Homeless Working Group initiative (of which I am the only 'employee'), and therefore a huge feather in the cap for Frontiers Foundation.

I have enclosed a photo of the opening (we had an elder give a blessing and had a ribbon cutting, followed by the feeding of the homeless and food hampers to take home - all from the food bank/soup kitchen). As I say, it has been a lot of hard work and I may have had to 'bulldoze' my way forward on occasion due to 'nay-sayers' but when it means the homeless are fed and warm (we had snow here today!) then bursting a few people's egos is worth it.

Now all that is left to do is to get the third part of the homelessness supports in place: the emergency homeless shelter. Let's just hope I can get the final piece of the puzzle in place within the next two years...
Best wishes,
Martin Pritchett Former South Huron woman finds a new life in Inuvik

on Fri, 09/20/2013 - 20:29

Check out the link below. It will bring you to a newspaper article on our volunteer, Adrienne Talbot, who is starting her third project in Inuvik.

Frontiers Foundation Report 2009-2012

on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 17:40

With our compliments, please enjoy our latest quadrennial report herewith.
Project AMIK II (on the cover) and AMIK III with a total of 42
all-aboriginal apartments in Toronto are breaking ground in the next weeks.


SAVE THE DATE! October 21st-24th 2013 Northern Aboriginal Forestry and Housing Conference

on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 15:37

Northern Aboriginal Forestry and Housing Conference
Promoting Forestry and Housing as Community Economic Drivers
October 21 - 24, 2013: Canad Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg MB

WHO should come?
• First Nation Leadership
• Community Councils
• Metis Communities
• Tribal Councils
• Government Staff
Managers from
• Housing
• Employment & Training
• Economic Development
• Social Development
• Housing, Forestry and
Infrastructure Businesses
• Construction trades,
Apprentices and Trainees


Please Contact us about Sponsorship + Tradeshow Opportunities
Ph: (204) 221-5209 Fax: (204) 942-6660
Email: Website:
Hosted by: Frontiers Foundation Manitoba
Forestry: Forest Inventory & Mapping, FMPs and Permits, Harvesting Guidelines, Non-Timber Forest
Products, Log Furniture Making, Value Added Wood Products, Lumber Grading
Housing Technology: Alternative Heating Systems, Alternative Water & Sewage Systems,
Alternative Framing Styles, Energy Efficiency Guidelines and assessments, U of M Alternative Village Tour
Housing Management: Home Ownership, Housing Authority Development, Housing Rental Programs,
Social Housing Programs, Housing Database Systems, Householder Stewardship, Basic Home Maint.
Employment & Training: Community Workforce Development Planning, Safety First, Trainee Assessment
and Readiness, Upgrading for the Trades, Pre-Employment Programs, Apprenticeship Programs
Business Models: Cooperatives, Social Enterprises, Band Owned Businesses, Franchises,
Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships


Please Contact us about Sponsorship + Tradeshow Opportunities
Ph: (204) 221-5209 Fax: (204) 942-6660
Email: Website:
Hosted by: Frontiers Foundation Manitoba