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.
Brand new 4 bedroom frame house was delivered officially at midday last Saturday March 26, 2011 in Lanark Highlands, Ontario, a good 1 hrs. drive West of Ottawa.
The construction of this house began in earnest last mid November 2010 supervised by Steve Bulloch.
On February 15, 2011 before attending Canada Council for Aboriginal Business meetings, Chief Alexis met with Rev. Dr. Charles Catto and Marco Guzman of Frontiers Foundation Operation Beaver (Frontiers Foundation). Frontiers Foundation is the oldest registered Indigenous charitable organization serving First Nations in Canada.
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. Eight different federal and provincial departments were there: Manitoba Housing, Manitoba Hydro, First Nations Forestry, Homelessness Service Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Human Resources Skills Development Canada, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, plus Rural and Cooperatives Secretariat (who donated $30,000).
This event now stands as a towering milestone in the history of Frontiers Foundation, with huge significance nationally and even internationally.
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.
On Sunday November 14, Charles Catto Frontiers Foundation Founding Director visited 731 Bow Lake Road in Lanark Highlands, a good hour drive east of Ottawa.
This is the site of Pat and Laura Kemp’s new four bedroom home, replacing their old ramshackle dwelling now pulled down and removed. The new basement and septic system are now in place, with much of the building materials including roof trusses now on site. Construction Supervisor is Journeyman Carpenter Steve Bullock who has built fifty frame houses and is a longtime neighbour and friend of Pat’s. Fourteen local family and friends have already signed up to help as volunteers, and more are expected from The Advocates' Society, which has already contributed very generously with cash support. Rev. Rod Bennett, local United Church minister is on board too, and the same local Service Clubs and Women’s Groups that assisted so powerfully with previous housing projects in Smiths Falls and Almonte will hopefully join in as well.
We look forward to the completion of another strong chapter in the Operation Beaver story. Lanark house - removing the original New Lanark house being constructed