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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: Apr 27, 2012



Native and non-native volunteers needed for Operation Beaver program

Frontiers Foundation is looking for people willing to help build new, safe, warm homes in partnership with northern native families right across Canada. If you have construction experience, share it with those who want to train on site. All travel, accommodation and food expenses are provided. Minimum three months.

For more information please contact us at 416-690-3930 or

Post date: Mar 11, 2012



The erection of a pyramid, a Wigwam or any structure is no longer permitted at Parliament Hill demonstrations, so on March 1, 2012 we had to manage with a big circle at the Eternal Flame. We prayed and pleaded for safe, warm, enduring and affordable Canadian housing to replace U.S. built F-35 warplanes and more prisons as a federal budget priority. Terrible winter weather kept the expected strong Algonquin contingent snowbound, and a mechanical breakdown stranded our Canada Coach charter from Toronto for 1 ½ hours near Kingston. That bus was carrying Frontiers Foundation Executive Director Marco A. Guzman, Project Amik Residents Committee President Mike MacTague, several FF and NFARC Board Directors, Aboriginal people from Council Fire, Native Women’s Resource Centre, Wigwamen Terrace and key speaker Anglican Archbishop Terry Finlay (Retired). Bus was also carrying our protest signs and miniature houses; replacement bus finally arrived at 1:20 p.m. for last twenty minutes of rally.



Following hand drumming and singing by Michelle Penney plus greetings and smudging by Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Executive Director Micheal Lascelles, Event Hostess and MC Olivia Chow welcomed everyone with powerful words declaring wholehearted NDP support for our cause and her intention to prioritize it in the business of the House.


After opening prayers by Honorary Wasauksing Ojibwa First Nations Chief Rev. Charles Catto (English) and Ottawa Basilica Monsignor Peter Schonenbach (French), Flagship Speaker Frontiers Foundation President Lawrence Gladue CM told everyone how his grandmother saved him as a five year old child from the Metis shack fire that killed his mother and sister. As Senior Policy Analyst with Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation (CMHC), Lawrence spent twenty years implementing the Rural and Native Housing program completing over 100,000 homes, until it was axed by the Mulroney government. He also detailed the record of Frontiers Foundation’s Operation Beaver in building and/or renovating thousands of aboriginal homes both on and off-Reserve homes far outlasting government housing. He also described Frontiers “ Standing Tree to Standing Home ” activity combining new housing construction harvesting local timber, milling the logs on Frontiers’ Woodmizers with onsite tradeskill training.




Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett shared her Party’s priorities concern for the housing plight of Canada’s first citizens and assured all present of Liberal solidarity with Frontiers cause. Carolyn has visited First Nation communities on Island Lake, Manitoba and testified accordingly.

Regional Chief of Ontario Angus Toulouse representing National Chief Shaun Atleo and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) declared the far-beyond-Attawapiskat immediate need for 50,000 First Nations homes nationally and 18,000 in Ontario alone. At this point Andrew Cash, MP for Davenport took over MC while Olivia Chow honored a deadline in the House.


Then Tony Belcourt, Founding President of the Metis Nation of Ontario and former President of Native Council of Canada described aboriginal housing conditions off-Reserve as even more serious and demanding government attention.

Last speakers The Most Rev. Archbishop Terry Finlay (Anglican Church) and Rev. David MacDonald (United Church of Canada) commended Frontiers Foundation for nearly forty-five years of productive partnership in aboriginal housing activity and appealed to the federal government to redirect budget from F-35 warplanes to Canada’s #1 social need – safe, warm, healthy homes combined with appropriate employment and training.



Meanwhile Peter Julian M.P. posed with a scale model of the infamous warplane F-35, each of which costs Canadian taxpayers $ needed to build 1560 new homes.

Additional photos of the protest can be viewed here

Post date: Feb 3, 2012


On Nov. 24-25, 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin promised national Aboriginal leaders at Kelowna five billion dollars for housing, health and education. This crucial commitment has since been ERASED by the Harper government. Instead, at least twenty billion has been contracted for 65 new American warplanes, all to be bought from and build by Lockheed Martin in the U.S.A. This fortune could produce 200,000 new, safe, warm, healthy homes and employ/train a million Canadians to do the job.

We simply cannot tolerate Ottawa's strangulation of nationally and desperately needed activity on Canada's number one priority need: Affordable Housing. Over the past four decades, we have learned that the only way to get the attention of federal power is by appropriate demonstration.

Therefore please join us in a total of at least 1,560 participants not only on the Hill Thursday March 1, 2012 but on all roads leading to it, by carrying tiny hand-held model houses of your chosen design - log, frame, cardboard or whatever. Use of Parliment Hill Committee has approved the Demonstration, but cannot permit props like a structural pyramid. So be prepared to wear our 1,560 little houses around our 1,560 necks, except for the Waldo who wears the little F35. After we gather to welcoming First Nations drumming and singing, Event Hostess Olivia Chow's Greeting address will be followed by Prayer, then speeches by Frontiers Foundation President, Lawrence Gladue, C.M. and other outstanding Aboriginal and Canadian leaders.

Please join us on the Hill Thursday, March1, 2012 and return the attached participation form ASAP

Lawrence Gladue
President, FF

Rhonda Dickermous

Edwin Kolausok
Sec. Treasurer, FF

Marco Guzman
Exec. Director, FF
President, NFARC

Mike McTague
President, PARC

Roland Niganobe
Operation Beaver Div.

Post date: Jan 18, 2012

Northern and Aboriginal Housing Forum and Tradeshow tackles northern housing issues head on.

Winnipeg, MB – Frontiers Foundation is hosting the Northern and Aboriginal Housing Forum and Tradeshow. From February 20-23, 2012 approximately 400 participants from Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta will meet at the Canad Inn Polo Park in Winnipeg to increase awareness and build partnerships for improving their northern housing.

The forum has four content streams: Northern Housing Technology, Northern Housing Management, Forestry, and Employment and Training in the Forestry and Construction Trades. These will run through the plenary and workshop sessions as well as the Trade Show. The conference is sponsored by Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Housing and Community Development, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The conference will attract community leadership, and program managers from housing, employment and training, income security, economic development, post secondary training and the finance and construction sectors.

Presenters from across Canada will highlight how housing can be made more durable, energy efficient, and cost effective, often using local materials. There will also be a focus on community development and capacity building highlighting producing of local lumber, alternative framing styles, new training programs, home ownership, development of housing authorities and unit maintenance plans.

The government of Manitoba acknowledges the need for improved northern housing as a key area for investment in its Northern Development Strategy.

In many northern communities there is a drastic housing shortage. The northern climate is tough on existing houses and mould is a common problem in many houses. Crowded, inadequate living conditions are unhealthy and contribute to illness and social stress. Revitalizing the housing stock will create jobs, increase local training prospects, improve health conditions and serve as the basis for further local economic development. --Northern Development Strategy, 2001

Sadly, the issues raised above have only grown since 2001. Communities, government and the corporate and non-profit sectors must work together to build partnerships that can get more results with existing and invested resources…building the people to build the community.

Date of Release: January 15, 2012

Laurel D. Gardiner, Director
Frontiers Foundation Inc., Manitoba Division
209-72 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1L7
Phone: (204) 221-5209
Fax: (204) 415-9822
Cell: (204) 981-0112

Post date: Jan 18, 2012


Our vision for northern housing is for every family to have a home that his healthy, well-constructed, well-maintained & energy efficient.
A good housing strategy is composed of partnerships, which build capacity as well as homes, using as many local materials as is ecologically or economically practical.


Date and Location
February 21 - 23, 2012, Canad Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg, MB

Special Room Rate:
plus tax, to book a room call 1-888-332-2623 and quote Group Number 195433


  • Northern Housing Management
  • Employment & Training in Forestry & Construction
  • Northern Housing Technology
  • Forestry Practices
  • Community Planning

Forum Description:
Northern and Aboriginal communities are faced with many challenges in improving their housing. There are numerous models of successful partnerships in northern housing management and technology such as Frontiers Foundation’s Standing Tree to Standing Home program. In strategic planning workshop sessions, participants will learn how to combine employment and training, economic development, capital and social budgets toward training community members to build and maintain their housing stock using local resources and products. Communities will bring local information/ stats etc. to the Forum for use in planning sessions and workshops.

Workshop streams will focus on building community and regional capacity for:

  • Greener approaches to heat, sewer and water that will address ongoing community infrastructure costs;
  • Creating Housing and Community Spaces that are positive determinants of health;
  • Training community members to build houses appropriate to northern climate using locally harvested and milled lumber;
  • Designing local options for social housing management and home ownership.
  • Promoting greater housing stewardship and ownership to reduce cost of maintenance and increase housing longevity.

The Forum will close with a special session on taking it home, with materials, contact information, user friendly templates, and a Forum evaluation. Forum presentations and documents will be available on the Frontiers Foundation website and if requested by CD or paper copy so that participants and others will have access to this information.

Approximately 500 participants from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and North-Western Ontario, including:

  • First Nation Leadership, Housing Managers, Employment & Training, Economic Development
  • Northern Association of Community Councils (off-reserve northern communities)
  • Tribal Councils and Metis locals
  • Federal and Provincial public servants in the ministries related to Housing, Forestry, Employment and Training, Economic Development, and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs.
  • Professionals and Students in Building Trades and Engineering/Architecture professions.
  • Standing Tree to Standing Home instructors and trainees.