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Frontiers Foundation is no longer operating but this website remains as a witness to all the good work by many people; to all the good memories and relationships created over the many years. All done to the honour of the Great Spirit.


Post date: Aug 2, 2013

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

Post date: Aug 2, 2013

A 22-unit affordable housing development for Aboriginal households is moving ahead after receiving approval from the Ontario Municipal Board earlier this month—11 years after the project was first envisioned by New Frontiers Aboriginal Corporation.  The organization, which opened its first affordable housing complex on Coxwell Avenue in 2002, has been looking for a new location for years. The St. Clair development will make a big difference at an individual scale, but do little to address the wider issue regarding the lack of affordable housing for vulnerable populations, said secretary-treasurer Charles Catto. “It will provide a home for 22 native households,” he said. “It’s just a drop in the bucket, but it’s a start and hopefully it will provide some momentum.” The OMB approval of the project at 3738 St. Clair Avenue East, which permitted minor variances for more units and smaller setbacks from the street, allows New Frontiers to go ahead with construction on the site, which is currently occupied by a bungalow. The project will cater to a range of tenants, with two bachelor units, 14 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units and construction is expected to be completed in 18 months. While New Frontiers is happy to be moving forward with more housing, Catto was critical of the difficulty the organization faced when trying to expand its affordable housing portfolio.

The committee of adjustment rejected its request for variances, leading to an OMB case. It was just one of the difficulties New Frontiers faced in making this project a reality.  “Every time we thought we had a site accepted, something came up and we had to find another one,” Catto said.

“When [the first project] opened, all the politicians and VIPs were here saying Canada needed a thousand projects like it. We agree, but it’s taken us 11 years to get to a second development.” The lack of affordable housing has long been an issue in the city and wider region. A recent report from the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association noted that demand has greatly outstripped supply of rental housing in the province, particularly for affordable units. Catto calls affordable housing the country’s number one social problem and it affects Aboriginal people disproportionately. He criticized the Canadian government for not making the issue a priority.

The project is receiving government support. It is being funded through Miziwe Biik, an umbrella group of native organizations based in Toronto.  “[Miziwe Biik] receives funding from both the federal and provincial governments and it disperses the money as it approves applications,” said New Frontiers executive director Marco Guzman.

The development is one of two projects the organization has underway. The other, being built at Victoria Park and Danforth avenues, will contain 20 units for Aboriginal tenants, three-quarters of which will be set at market rent. Construction is slated to begin this month.

This article was written by Greg MacDonald and originally appeared in Vol.17 - No. 28 of Novae Res Urbis: Toronto Edition

Post date: Jul 11, 2013

On Thursday June 27 in Flora McCrea Hall at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Frontiers Foundation welcomed over a hundred donors, volunteers and other guests to our traditional feast of Ojibwa pickerel and trout plus a full range of other treats.

Our Guest of Honour and Speaker was Hon. David Zimmer, Ontario’s Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Mr. Zimmer who visited Pikangikum only two weeks ago, spoke passionately regarding the intolerable conditions there and the need for organizations like Frontiers to act. The Debestigoosh hand drummers entertained us and MC Mike McTague recognized many VIP guests like Peter Friedman’s CMHC team, Bob Haggart from CN and special Head Table guest Marni Beal-Alexander, widow of our former Patron Hon. Lincoln Alexander. Phi Kappa Pi fraternity filled up a big table with ten guests with President Chris Chan announcing a national fundraising campaign for Frontiers.
Executive Director Marco A. Guzman recognized Martin Pritchett and plumber Vic Moreau as Volunteers of the Year. Martin has been in the field for ten years, and is the only two-time Operation Beaver volunteer of the year in our history. Vic first joined FF/OB on projects in northern Ontario in the early nineties and most recently served in Garden Hill and Wasagamak housing projects in northern Manitoba.

President Lawrence Gladue spoke powerfully about our activity not only in Canada but in Haiti and Bolivia. He also identified and thanked Frontiers Board members, our faithful Batchawana Bay fresh fish donors and cooks plus all their kitchen helpers and the many government, service club, church and personal donors who enjoyed the breakfast blessed with a morning Grace and $2000 donation from Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling,


1.Debestigoosh hand drummers.



2.Lucas Niganobe, Jing Li, Barbara Catto,
Iolene Bjornaa (from Batchawana Bay),
Marco Guzman & Alison Black.



3.George Bruce, Marco A. Guzman,
Hon. David Zimmer,
Lawrence Gladue & Charles Catto.


Post date: Jun 16, 2013

Frontiers Foundation would like to invite you to our annual breakfast on Thursday June 27th, 2013 at the Timothy Eaton Memorial Church.

Please RSVP to Marilyn Gillis by phone: 416-690-3930 or our email.

See the attached photo for more information.

Post date: Jun 16, 2013

Dear Friends:

By now, most Canadians and many beyond our shores have become aware of Attawapiskat’s tragic circumstances. Unfortunately, too many are not yet aware of other First Nations' communities hurting even more critically, like PIKANGIKUM. Pikangikum will continue to hold “the suicide capital of the world” title until its mortal problems are effectively and comprehensively addressed. Pikangikum needs 200 safe, warm serviced houses. For that they need portable sawmills so they can harvest their own timber and cut their own lumber. They need potable water and waste management in every home. They need cold climate agriculture with gardens, greenhouses, poultry and farm animals. Enter Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver. Pikangikum Working Group, with the support of Pikangikum Chief and Council, has asked us to be the Implementing Partner for a multi-year project involving all of the above. We will start with a fundraising target of three million dollars to cover the cost of water and waste tanks plus plumbing and fixtures for ten existing homes, plus project infrastructure, services and building materials for ten new homes. All construction activity will combine marketable skill training with onsite work, as demonstrated in our “Standing Tree to Standing Home” projects like Kitcisakik.

Meanwhile our Arctic education profile continues to flourish, with volunteers active again in Alberta and B.C. We are looking for OB volunteers starting early this September; please pass this info to your friends and or relatives. Excitement is building in east Toronto as Project Amik II and III brighten the horizon.

Your gift to Frontiers Foundation designated for Operation Beaver in Canada or overseas (i.e. Haiti and Bolivia) will be as faithfully applied as it will be gratefully received.

Charles R. Catto, C.M. - Founding Director
Lawrence A. Gladue, C.M. - President
Marco A. Guzman, LL.D. - Executive Director