For nearly sixteen months, thanks to a $995,000 grant from HRSDC's Aboriginal Skill Training and Strategic Initiative Fund (ASTSIF), over one hundred young Cree, Ojibwa and Algonquin trainees in Garden Hill, Manitoba; Collins, Ontario; and Kitcisakik, Quebec combined timber harvesting, portable saw-milling, foundations, framing, wiring, plumbing, insulating, dry-walling, roofing and finishing with certifiable training in the completion of nine, safe, warm, affordable homes.
The attached photo shows eleven graduate trainees of 'Standing Tree to Standing Home' at Garden Hill, Manitoba. Everyone completed all five modules of the course, from harvesting to finishing construction. As well, 43 (including the eleven) completed the chainsaw operation, safety and first aid training. Trainer Brain Monkman (bearded) stands in the back row.