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Volunteer gets funding for solar power project in Nahanni Butte community in the North

on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 04:29

Solar Panels in Nahanni Butte: thanks to volunteer David Overall. Photo: David Orvall

David Overall found funding for a solar power project in the Nahanni Butte community where he is volunteering for Frontiers Foundation.

It really is amazing and shows the added benefits that can come from our volunteers.

From David's blog:

After more than a year of research, planning, and hair-pulling, my renewable energy project is finally finished. Working with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Arctic Energy Alliance, and the Naha Dehe Dene Band, I have been able to acquire a 5kW photovoltaic array for Nahanni Butte. We are officially the first community in the Dehcho to incorporate solar power into the community grid - but hopefully not the last.

The array and work crew arrived over the weekend, and they have spent the past 4 days installing it on the roof of our community gym.

FF Building it Right Conference was a Success

on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 04:12

Portable log sawmill. Photo: Winnipeg Free Press: Brian Monkman (right) watches as a sawmill cuts logs in a demonstration in a downtown parking lot.

“Building it Right” Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba was a tremendously successful reunion.

The Manitoba Northern and Aboriginal Housing Conference held at Marlborough Hotel, Winnipeg on February 8, 9 and 10, 2011 was hosted by Frontiers Foundation Manitoba Division in association with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Northern Association of Community Councils. It was attended by 300 enthusiastic Cree, Ojibwa and Metis delegates plus guests and speakers from Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, and even Alaska.

Updated photos of Laura and Pat Kemp's house

on Thu, 03/03/2011 - 03:51

Some more photos of Laura & Pat Kemp’s house in Lanark Highlands Township, Ontario. These pictures show how quickly the financial support of The Advocates' Society has been transformed into a new, safe, warm home.

Under the leadership of house builder Steve Bulloch, many local friends and a couple of Operation Beaver volunteers have pitched in, and all the suppliers have donated or discounted significantly.

Kemp House framing