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.
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
Kemp's old house
Late in October, Pat and Laura Kemp’s old house was mercifully demolished to make room for their new home, now being built by a score of local and non-local Operation Beaver volunteers, some of them lawyers from the Advocates’ Society, which has godfathered this project.
Penosway's new home
Meanwhile in Kitcisakik, Quebec, Jean-Paul Penosway, his wife Nadia and their four children have, like two other Algonquin families, moved into brand new homes they built themselves, supervised by Frontiers’ Quebec Co-ordinator Lylas Polson. Formerly they had lived in one-room shacks, in Third World conditions. Every inch of construction lumber in Kitcisakik’s new homes, their new school, their new resource centre and equipment shelters, was milled by Frontiers Foundation’s busy Woodmizers. And thanks to Ottawa’s Aboriginal Skills Training Strategic Initiative (ASTSIF). Kitcisakians like Jean-Paul have received onsite training in milling and framing, roofing and insulation. Similar activity is progressing at Collins, Ontario with Namaygoosisagun Ojibwa First Nation and in Manitoba with the Garden Hill Cree First Nation.
Haiti - Leucena agroforestry project
In Haiti, excitement prevails in St. Michel de L’Attalaye at their bursting-at-the-seams new school with its flourishing students’ gardens, but our ACCORD partners there are determined to revive their tree nursery destroyed by quadruple hurricanes in 2008. Their original leucena agroforestry project, jointly funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Frontiers (shown in 3. above) enabled ACCORD to “Keep St. Michel green” as everyone was required to replace every tree taken down for charcoal with two new seedlings. Also a full range of vegetable and even peanuts were successfully inter-cropped with leucena’s amazing fertilizing properties. Frontiers is currently appealing to CIDA for help in restoring and even expanding St. Michel’s formerly impressive agroforestry capability.
Your gift to Frontiers Foundation designated for Operation Beaver in Canada or overseas, or alternatively for Project Amik II will be as faithfully applied as it will be gratefully received.
Frontiers delivers emergency goods to Haiti
Charles, with the Frontiers Foundation pickup, delivered 465 Kgs. (800 pounds) of rice, beans, canned goods, medical items and sleeping mats for shipment to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Shipment costs were donated by Air Canada.
On May 27, 2010 3 p.m. a delegation of influential Hispanic Canadians from across Canada met with Hon. Stephen Harper at Parliament Hill.
The Spanish speaking delegation organized by the Canadian Hispanic Business Association from five different provinces included Frontiers Foundation Executive Director Dr. Marco A. Guzman who hails from the Aymara town of Huarina, Bolivia and was one of the (2007) award winners. Dr. Guzman had the chance to convey a brief message on the work of our made- in-Canada Aboriginal voluntary service organization on the number one priority in this country: affordable housing.