On Thursday June 26th, Frontiers Foundation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Operation Beaver program with a breakfast held at the Flora McCrea Auditorium of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto.
From our very first project in Split Lake, Manitoba back in 1964, volunteer participation has always been a cornerstone of Operation Beaver. We were quite happy to see one of our very first volunteers Paul Maclean managed to be among the one hundred people who gathered at this annual event.
(FF President Lawrence Gladue with Iolene Bjorna from Batchawana Bay, Ontario and author James Bacque)
The breakfast began at 7:45 a.m. as President Lawrence Gladue welcomed guests and introduced the MC for the day Jane Dawson, a member of Innu First Nation and current Board member of New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation, who introduced the head table: Olivia Chow, Lawrence Gladue, Barbara Catto and Rev. Andrew Sterling.
In Honour and Respect for Frontiers Foundation Founder Reverend Charles Catto
Aanii, Watchee, Bozhoo!
We are all saddened to learn of the passing of a good friend and an upstanding individual who truly cared about First Nations people. Charles leaves a memory and legacy built over decades of dedicated work in providing shelter and comfort to the vulnerable and forgotten.
The Assembly of First Nations enjoyed a positive and mutually supportive relationship with Charles and the Frontiers Foundation. Most recently, Frontiers Foundation assisted in a project that the Pikangikum Working Group/Friends of Pikangikum undertook to provide support to this community. Charles truly believed that things that needed to be done must be done and shall be done, that somehow someone will provide.