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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: Jan 4, 2012
Start: Jan 12 2012 - 8:00pm
Timezone: Etc/GMT-5

TO:All members of Frontiers Foundation & New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation
All members of the Operation Beaver Division & Project Amik Resident’s Committee
And all other Aboriginal organizations
Plus all supporting NGOs, service clubs, churches & citizen’s groups

At Frontiers Foundation’s recent Vision Quest and Annual General Meeting, the Parliament Hill demonstration as described herewith was discussed and approved for action.

At this January 12 meeting all aspects of this demonstration will be discussed. Olivia Chow, Jack Layton’s widow, has given her royal OK and will welcome hopefully 2,000 demonstrators to our “Pyramid of Hope” March 1, 2012 each carrying a tiny house. A local hobby shop is building and donating a model of an F-35 for the event. An Ottawa Native drum will provide appropriate songs.

Our Agenda on January 12 will include:
1. Objectives
2. Choice of speakers
3. Transportation arrangements
4. Networking and Communication
5. Publicity
6. Any Related Business

Light refreshments will be served.
Be there and bring your ideas!

Meeting starts at 7pm.

Charles R. CattoMarco A. Guzman
Founding DirectorExecutive Director

Post date: Dec 22, 2011

Our December 15, 2011 Christmas party was acclaimed as best-ever, with New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation (NFARC), Frontiers Foundation and Project Amik Residents Committee (PARC) all pitching in for the food and fun. Le Petit Chaperon Rouge’s beautiful decorations included a striking winter scene mural.

Project Amik residents and FF staff cooked and served a memorable turkey dinner including salad donated by Toronto Community Living (TCL), for sixty guests. PARC President Mike McTague, our MC, kept us entertained with nonstop Christmas humor. Santa (Steve Biagioni) passed out gifts for everyone of our resident children with the help of star elf Sherry Bardy, who had partnered with Patsy Cuffy to procure them. Charles and Barbara Catto played piano for Christmas carols.

Among the distinguished guests were Ed Star (SHS Consulting), Rick Fratiani (RBC), Tessa Sill & Bonnie Johnston (TDSB) and old friend Kaela Mulenga, who brought Christmas greetings from Zambia.

P.S. If you haven’t donated to Frontiers Foundation in 2011 yet, there are still several days left to help fill our stocking!

Post date: Dec 9, 2011

A United Nations report released on December 5th indicates that volunteerism contributes to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. The first State of the World’s Voluntarism was released in New York on the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.

The report gives recognition to the millions, perhaps billions, who are volunteering their time and energy for the well-being of their communities. The report documents volunteerism through local community groups in income poor communities around the world. National volunteer studies identify almost equal numbers of men and women volunteers, involvement of the public and private sector in volunteering, as well as strong civic participation by young people.

Simultaneously, the Report was launched at Press Building in Ottawa organized by CUSO International and Volunteer Canada. Dr. Ben Laugh Report co-author highlighted the importance of volunteer sending and receiving organizations around the world; through a power point presentation, he stressed that volunteering is the approach to peace, humanitarian response, and sustainable development. Marco A. Guzman, Executive Director of Frontiers Foundation was in attendance and had the chance to say that FF is a made in Canada Aboriginal voluntary service organization addressing primarily the issue of homelessness in smaller northern communities. The dramatic housing conditions in Attawapiskat is not an isolated example; since 2007 in Ontario alone, with the partnership of Operation Beaver volunteers and local people, FF was able to build six new homes and 127 renovations. He also thanked organizers Derek Evans and Ruth MacKenzie for inviting Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver to be at this auspicious event celebrating the International Volunteer Day.

Post date: Nov 24, 2011


Algonquin FF Coordinator Lylas Polson with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and Chief Abel Bosum.


On November 7, 2011 1:30 p.m. our Quebec Regional Coordinator Lylas Polson delivered the following note to Ougé-Bougoumou Cree Nation and Grand Council of the Crees on behalf of Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver.

Congratulations on successful negotiation of the Complementary Agreement to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement together with the governments of Quebec and Canada.

Our mutually productive partnership with Oujé-Bougoumou goes way back to 1966 when Chief Jimmy Mianscum asked us to help build a Community Centre in the old Lac Doré settlement with a meeting hall, a library, a laundromat and overnight rooms for trappers – called “The Beaverhouse”. And everybody pitched in to make it happen, including youngsters like Abel Bosum, Sydney Coonashish and Wally Wapachee. We were of course heartbroken when just a few years later not only the new Beaverhouse, but all the homes and even the cemetery were bulldozed over by a mining company. Then the Ougé Bougoumou Cree community had to move again, for the seventh time. But out of that disaster came the great victory you see around you, a splendid new little city opened officially in January ’93 by Chief Abel Bosum with words not of bitterness but thanksgiving, hope, faith and the best Cree and Christian wishes to all, and including the deeply-appreciated words to Frontiers Foundation/Operation Beaver: “Charles, in 1966 you were there for us”.

Post date: Nov 19, 2011

Frontiers Foundation’s Vision Quest Strategic Planning and Annual General Meeting was held on November 12th and 13th in Toronto at the Project Amik Community Room with the Board, Operation Beaver, staff, members and guests. Regional coordinators Lylas Polson (Quebec); Laurel Gardiner (Manitoba); Don Irving (British Columbia-NWT) were also in attendance and presented the work of Frontiers Foundation in these provinces. Charles Catto and Marco Guzman explained about the limited housing construction in Ontario at Collins and Lanark. They also explained about FF participation in Haiti and Bolivia, respectively.

Under Vision Quest, attendees reflected on forty-seven years of Frontiers Foundation / Operation Beaver history and significance. They also examined Frontiers vision, mission, mandate, succession planning, operational upgrading and brainstormed the potential for asset based community development such as food security.

On Sunday afternoon, after a delicious lunch donated by Occasions Restaurant, FF Executive Director Marco A. Guzman welcomed everyone to the 2011 Annual General Meeting. Program reports were presented by Charles Catto, Laurel Gardiner, Don Irving, Eddie Kolausok, Lylas Polson and were warmly accepted.

Auditor Massimo Siciliano’s financial report was approved and Clarkson-Rouble LLP was reappointed as auditors for 2011-2012 fiscal year.

The current Board of Directors was unanimously re-elected, less Tom Morrison and Bonnie Johnston who have resigned due to other commitments. At the regular Board meeting immediately following AGM, Lawrence Gladue was reconfirmed as President, Edwin Kolausok newly acclaimed as Secretary-Treasurer and Rhonda Dickemous as Vice-President. Directors: Nora Ross, Glen Jennings, Shelley Charles, Mike Welch, Sara Souliere and Ron Cook complete the Board.

Title Picture: Part of 26 participants at FF Vision Quest & AGM held in Toronto.
Article Picture: Newly elected Secretary-Treasurer Edwin Kolausok(right) with
Director Ron Cook(left) and Executive Director Marco A. Guzman.