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.
ALL MEMBERS OF FRONTIERS FOUNDATION & NEW FRONTIERS ABORIGINAL RESIDENTIAL CORPORATION, ALL MEMBERS OF THE OPERATION BEAVER DIVISION & PROJECT AMIK RESIDENTS' COMMITTEE, AND ALL OTHER ABORIGINAL ORGANIZATIONS, PLUS ALL SUPPORTING NGOs, SERVICE CLUBS AND CITIZENS' GROUPS
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.
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: $102 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
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.