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.
Following hand drumming and singing by Michelle Penney plus greetings and smudging by Odawa Native Friendship Centre’s Executive Director Micheal Lascelles, Event Hostess and MC Olivia Chow welcomed everyone with powerful words declaring wholehearted NDP support for our cause and her intention to prioritize it in the business of the House.
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.Submitted by tupac on February 3, 2012 - 3:33am.
Northern and Aboriginal Housing Forum and Tradeshow tackles northern housing issues head on.
Winnipeg, MB – Frontiers Foundation is hosting the Northern and Aboriginal Housing Forum and Tradeshow. From February 20-23, 2012 approximately 400 participants from Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta will meet at the Canad Inn Polo Park in Winnipeg to increase awareness and build partnerships for improving their northern housing.
The forum has four content streams: Northern Housing Technology, Northern Housing Management, Forestry, and Employment and Training in the Forestry and Construction Trades. These will run through the plenary and workshop sessions as well as the Trade Show. The conference is sponsored by Aboriginal Forestry Initiative, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, Manitoba Hydro, Manitoba Housing and Community Development, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The conference will attract community leadership, and program managers from housing, employment and training, income security, economic development, post secondary training and the finance and construction sectors.
Presenters from across Canada will highlight how housing can be made more durable, energy efficient, and cost effective, often using local materials. There will also be a focus on community development and capacity building highlighting producing of local lumber, alternative framing styles, new training programs, home ownership, development of housing authorities and unit maintenance plans.Submitted by tupac on January 18, 2012 - 1:43am.
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
- Forestry Practices
- Community Planning
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. In strategic planning workshop sessions, participants will learn how to combine employment and training, economic development, capital and social budgets toward training community members to build and maintain their housing stock using local resources and products. Communities will bring local information/ stats etc. to the Forum for use in planning sessions and workshops.
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.Submitted by tupac on January 4, 2012 - 12:38am.
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.Submitted by tupac on December 21, 2011 - 9:47pm.
Submitted by tupac on December 9, 2011 - 1:01pm.
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.
GREETINGS TO OUGE-BOUGOUMOU CREE NATION and GRAND COUNCIL OF THE CREES from Frontiers Foundation / Operation Beaver
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.Submitted by tupac on November 24, 2011 - 2:30pm.
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.Submitted by tupac on November 19, 2011 - 11:57am.