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Post date: Sep 2, 2014

We have a good news story to share and are pleased to announce that construction is underway on the AMIK III project at 3738 St. Clair Ave. E. and is ready to start at the AMIK II project at 3087 Danforth Avenue. 

The St. Clair Ave. project is located in the St. Clair – Brimley area of the City of Toronto.  It will be a four storey building comprised of 2 bachelors, 14 one bedroom and 6 two bedroom apartments.  Surface parking for vehicles will be provided in the rear of the building and bicycle parking inside the building.  Rent will be highly affordable, ranging from approximately $670 for bachelor units to $815 for one bedroom units and $960 for two bedroom units, which includes utilities.  Completion and occupancy are expected in the spring of 2015.

The Danforth Avenue project is located in the Danforth-Victoria Park area of the City of Toronto, within easy walking distance to the subway.  It will be a four storey building comprised of 12 bachelors, 7 one bedroom and 1 three bedroom unit.  Surface parking for vehicles will be provided in the rear of the building and there is also bicycle parking inside the building.  Rents will be highly affordable, ranging from approximately $670 for bachelor units to $814 for one bedroom units and approximately $1,000 for three bedroom units, which includes utilities.  Completion and occupancy are expected in the spring of 2015.

Both projects are being developed under the GTA Aboriginal Affordable Housing Program and will be offered to low and moderate income Aboriginal households.

The City of Toronto has issued the required permits to enable development to proceed and all required environmental approvals have been secured. The contracts with Triumph Constructing were signed on April 23, 2014, accordingly both housing projects are well underway and no further delays will be encountered.

New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation (NFARC) officers and consultant Ed Star met recently at Amik I with Miziwe Biik housing officer Lorna Lawrence and MNP auditors. Both housing projects are providing affordable rental housing to urban aboriginal people living in Toronto.

Clockwise from L to R:

Nick Ainis, Fusioncorp Developments; Mario Ribeiro, President/CEO Triumph Contracting; Marco A. Guzman, NFARC President; Mike McTague and Patrick Wilson, NFARC Board members at the signing of contract on April 23, 2014.

Post date: Jul 5, 2014

 

 


On Thursday June 26th, Frontiers Foundation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Operation Beaver program with a breakfast held at the Flora McCrea Auditorium of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto.

 

 

 

From our very first project in Split Lake, Manitoba back in 1964, volunteer participation has always been a cornerstone of Operation Beaver. We were quite happy to see one of our very first volunteers Paul Maclean managed to be among the one hundred people who gathered at this annual event.

 

(FF President Lawrence Gladue with Iolene Bjorna from Batchawana Bay, Ontario and author James Bacque)

 

The breakfast began at 7:45 a.m. as President Lawrence Gladue welcomed guests and introduced the MC for the day Jane Dawson, a member of Innu First Nation and current Board member of New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation, who introduced the head table: Olivia Chow, Lawrence Gladue, Barbara Catto and Rev. Andrew Sterling. Well respected Elder George Bruce said a native prayer and before the buffet breakfast was served, Rev. Sterling said grace.

 

 

Toronto Mayoral candidate and Keynote Speaker Olivia Chow, spoke passionately about the work of Frontiers Foundation addressing the issue of affordable housing across Canada. She pointed out how Frontiers Foundation has dealt with the real causes of poverty and homelessness. She singled out the Founder of FF Rev. Dr. Charles Catto who on March 1, 2012 went to Parliament Hill during a snow storm to voice the plight of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Like Charles, Olivia was critical of the purchase of F-35 at the cost of 40 billion dollars that should instead be spent on affordable housing; she mentioned that the Globe & Mail recently announced that purchase of these deadly crafts was suspended at last.

 

(Guest Speaker Olivia Chow with AMIK housing manager Oriana Lessard and FF Executive Director Marco A. Guzman)

 

Executive Director Marco A. Guzman indicated that out of 15 Operation Beaver volunteers we had an outstanding volunteer from Ontario, Adrienne Talbot, who will be returning to Inuvik, NWT for the fourth time this September. Adrienne is our Volunteer of the Year, Guzman said, and showed the award to be sent. He also paid a special homage to the Founder of Frontiers Foundation / Operation Beaver Rev. Dr. Charles Catto as a preacher of truth and paid tribute to his widow Barbara to a clamorous applause.

 

President Lawrence Gladue thanked TEMC for hosting the venue and those who prepared the breakfast and particularly Iolene Bjornaa, her son Joseph and nephew Seth who brought and prepared  the fresh fish all the way from Batchawana Bay, Ontario.

 

 

 

(Suzanne Jones and Louise Da Re, FF 2015 Rally participants)

 

A Gala event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Operation Beaver is being planned for this October; kindly contact head office for further details.

Post date: Jun 6, 2014

 

Assembly of First Nations

In Honour and Respect for Frontiers Foundation Founder Reverend Charles Catto

 

Aanii, Watchee, Bozhoo!

We are all saddened to learn of the passing of a good friend and an upstanding individual who truly cared about First Nations people. Charles leaves a memory and legacy built over decades of dedicated work in providing shelter and comfort to the vulnerable and forgotten.

The Assembly of First Nations enjoyed a positive and mutually supportive relationship with Charles and the Frontiers Foundation. Most recently, Frontiers Foundation assisted in a project that the Pikangikum Working Group/Friends of Pikangikum undertook to provide support to this community. Charles truly believed that things that needed to be done must be done and shall be done, that somehow someone will provide. Armed with this belief, his persistence and dedication resulted in the installation of water cisterns and wastewater holding tanks for 10 homes in Pikangikum First Nation in northern Ontario through funds raised by members of the Pikangikum Working Group.

Although Charles was not there to see for himself the result of a family’s happiness to have hot and cold running water for the first time, former National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo witnessed firsthand the joy in the faces of the great-grandmother, grandmother, and grandchildren who lived in one of the homes. Former National Chief Atleo remarked that he could see the dignity and pride restored in this family – and this was just before Christmas! Thank you, Charles, for helping to make that happen.

This is not the only place where Charles and the Frontiers Foundation made an impact for First Nations. His work at Kitcisakik First Nation in Quebec and in northern Manitoba through the “Standing Tree to Standing Home” initiative that assisted those communities to become self-sufficient in building homes for themselves is something the AFN wants to emulate in other communities. In many ways, First Nations citizens and Aboriginal people on and away from their communities have benefited from the work of Frontiers Foundation.

We were pleased to invite Charles to deliver a presentation about Frontiers Foundation at our National First Nations Infrastructure Conference and Trade show in February. Again, Charles seized the opportunity to have a one on one discussion with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the guest speaker, to seek support of the work of Frontiers Foundation.

Today, we offer our prayers and condolences to the family, friends and all those whose lives were touched by Reverend Charles Catto.

The AFN recognizes the tremendous work Charles has accomplished and the lasting legacy he leaves behind. With his dedicated supporters, with the Frontiers Foundation, through his good works, inspiration and the strong homes and communities he has built, we know that his memory and example will endure.

 

Tchi-miigwetch – Thank you!

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Ottawa, ON K1P 6L5

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