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.
OTTAWA, July 4, 2011 — Today, federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for housing announced a $1.4 billion combined investment toward reducing the number of Canadians in housing need under a new Affordable Housing Framework 2011 – 2014.
The Framework recognizes the diversity of affordable housing needs of Canadians and that a range of solutions — from existing programs to new approaches — is the most effective in meeting local needs and priorities. It is also recognized that under this Framework provinces and territories have responsibility for the design and delivery of affordable housing programs in order to address their own specific housing needs and priorities in their jurisdictions. Accordingly, each province and territory is working towards a bilateral agreement to respond to the program needs in each jurisdiction; in these arrangements, federal funding will be matched by provincial, territorial and other contributions, and governments will report to their citizens on outcomes.
Under the new Framework, provinces and territories have the flexibility to invest in a range of programs and initiatives designed to achieve the overall intended outcome: to reduce the number of Canadians in housing need by improving access to affordable housing that is sound, suitable and sustainable. Initiatives under the Framework can include new construction, renovation, homeownership assistance, rent supplements, shelter allowances, and accommodations for victims of family violence.
Performance of Jay Lomax and Steve TeekensFor the fourth consecutive year, our sumptuous Donor and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast was held in the elegant Flora McCrae Hall of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto.
Over one hundred guests, even more than last year’s number enjoyed delicious fresh pickerel and trout donated and cooked by longtime aboriginal friends Olaf and Iolene Bjornaa of Batchawana Bay, Ontario. Also helping on the kitchen team were Alison Black, Maya Guzman and Christine Hogg preparing a full regular Canadian breakfast menu.
After introducing the Head Table, MC Shelley Charles (President of New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation and Frontiers Foundation Board member) conveyed deep regrets from our longtime President Lawrence Gladue, unable to attend because of commitments in B.C. Shelley reminded everyone of Frontiers’ ongoing campaign for Lawrence as Canada’s first aboriginal governor general and asked host Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling to say the Grace.
During breakfast Grass Dancer Jay Lomax and Drummer Steve Teekens provided spectacular entertainment reminiscent of their War Dance in front of Fort Detroit in the last Kanata Kapers show.
Our Guest of Honour and Speaker at our 2011 Annual Breakfast will be Hon. Lincoln Alexander, our esteemed Honourable Patron for decades.
"Linc", former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has been a profoundly valued friend of Charles Catto since 1960, and has been a no-holds-barrel supporter of Operation Beaver whenever and wherever we needed his prestigious voice.
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.