Welcome! Frontiers Foundation is a non-profit aboriginal voluntary service organization that promotes the advancement of economically and socially disadvantaged communities. Through the Operation Beaver Program, with volunteers from across the globe, we work with aboriginal communities to provide affordable housing and improvements in education. With the support of government and charitable donations, both from the private sector and individuals, we operate within Canadian borders, and Overseas.
Diamond Jubilee Medal
“For his work to engage Canadian and international youth in building and reclamation projects”.
This splendid award represents well deserved recognition not only for Charles’ near-fifty years of service with Frontiers Foundation / Operation Beaver but for all the partnering thousands who have dug, hammered, sweated, prayed, advocated and fundraised to make so much good news in housing, health, road construction, education, agriculture, reforestation and electrification happen.
On behalf of Frontiers Foundation, we congratulate Rev. Charles R. Catto, honorary Chief Wasauksing Ojibwa First Nation.
Lawrence Gladue, C.M. Marco A. Guzman, LLD Roland Niganobe
President Executive Director Operation Beaver Division
Warm greetings to you. I just came back from my country of origin where I have witnessed the lack of school furniture in several rural schools on the Bolivian high plateau.
Frontiers Foundation is now seeking donations to allow the villagers on Bolivia’s high plateau (Altiplano) to purchase lumber and manufacture hexagonal tables and smaller chairs (as shown above) for children attending the rural schools.
The cost of one hexagonal table and 6 chairs is US$100 and will greatly enhance the education of these children.
Please also forward this appeal to your friends who might be inclined to give their helping hand to Bolivia. There is a strong potential that monies raised through this campaign will be matched 3 to 1 by the Canadian International Development Agency.
On Thursday June 29, our Annual Breakfast was a huge success with 120 attendees in the Flora McCrea Hall at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. As usual our faithful Batchawana Bay friends Iolene and Olaf Bjornaa donated and cooked fresh pickerel and trout for everyone.
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.
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.
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
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.