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Workshop Topics

A number of exciting and informative topics were covered at this year’s conference. See below for a detailed synopsis of each workshop.

Standards for Prefabricated Buildings

Adaire Chown, Canadian Manufactured Housing Institute
This workshop will provide an overview of the three Canadian standards that were developed specifically for prefabricated buildings - CSA Z240 MH Series Manufactured Homes, CSA A277 Procedure for Certification of Prefabricated Buildings, Modules and Panels, and CSA Z240.10.1 Site Preparation, Foundation and Anchorage for Manufactured Homes. Information will be provided on the status of each standard, what kinds of buildings the standard applies to and what the requirements address. Up-coming changes will be described and requirements in Z240 MH and Z240.10.1 will be highlighted where they differ from the building code.
Download - Standards for Prefabricated Buildings (PDF)

Wood Burning Appliances and Associate Vent Components - CAN/CSA B365 Code Compliance

Larry Laviolette, Windigo First Nations Council
The Wood Stove Compliance Presentation will be used to give those in attendance some very basic knowledge on safe wood burning appliance and components installation requirements. The presentation will touch on; how to look at purchasing the right appliance for a home, proper code installation requirements starting from the floor, appliance, requirements, and complete venting requirements right to the chimney cap requirements.
Download - Wood Burning Appliances and Associate Vent Components - CAN/CSA B365 Code Compliance (PDF)

Fire Prevention and Safety in the Home

Larry Laviolette, Windigo First Nations Council
Most Insurance Companies will want to know if the home appliances were installed by professional/trades and if the clearances are up to the latest National Building Code and Fire Code, including a proper floor pad, venting system and so forth. Installation, servicing and maintenance of the wood burning appliance are essential in the remote region as its primary heating source.
Download - Fire Prevention and Safety in the Home (PDF)

Embracing the First Nations Sustainable Development Standards in your Community

Francis Lapointe, Dip. Arch. Tech., B. Arch., M. Arch., OAA, MRAIC, LEED® AP, CET
Joanna Recollet, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek
Jennifer Martin, Membertou
Deborah Taylor, First Nations Market Housing Fund
Earl Commanda, First Nations Market Housing Fund

The First Nations Sustainable Development Standards (FNSDS) is the result of the initiative of Atikmeksheng Anishnawbek, a First Nation near Sudbury who wanted to improve their community development. Working with Francis Lapointe, Architect and several partners, as well as utilizing the human and financial support of the First Nations Market Housing Fund, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek was able to develop and approve a guide to help them prosper. Designed to support community development regardless of where a community is on the spectrum, the guide may be valuable to any First Nation wanting to expand their community’s resources. In this session you will be exposed to the theory behind each of the four chapters in the FNSDS, as well as real life examples from different community reps who will describe their lessons learned, challenges and successes in developing different component parts of the guide.
Download - Embracing the First Nations Sustainable Development Standards in your Community (PDF)

Entrances and Decks

Chris Price, Bimose Tribal Council
In this session topics to be discussed are entrance types, construction and details as well as a precursor to tomorrows builders challenge, deck construction and details.
Download - Entrances and Decks (PDF)

Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Working Details

Jon Eakes
There are many little details about working with air movement that can improve your indoor air quality, even with the equipment you already have in your house. Fans, grills, ducts, tape, mastic, draw, throw and noise -- just like a good stew, good indoor air quality is all in the little details. Leave something out or put too much of something in and you spoil the stew. Well placed ductwork can move more air with the same fan. Do you know the difference between throw and draw? How can you deal with the conflict between noise and ventilation?
Download - Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation Working Details (PDF)

The True Cost of Housing

Roxanne Harper, Turtle Island Associates
The presentation will focus on the true cost of housing in a First Nation. Participants will consider the cost of managing and of not managing housing in their community. The facilitator will discuss the need to plan for ongoing operating costs and the importance of balancing revenue and expenses in order to manage housing. The presentation will also focus on the impact of a First Nation not managing housing. Come and hear what your community can do to help leadership, the administration and members understand the true cost of housing.
Download - The True Cost of Housing (PDF)

Wastewater and Public Health

Amy Montgomery, Health Canada
The goal of the Environmental Public Health (EPH) Program is to contribute to improved health status of First Nation individuals, families and communities through the delivery of programming. Wastewater, also known as sewage, can be harmful to humans because it can spread diseases and pollute surface and groundwater sources. The Environmental Public Health Program identifies existing and potential hazards associated with wastewater disposal in order to reduce and prevent public health risks. Program activities focus on community wastewater treatment plants as well as on-site sewage disposal systems.
Download - Wastewater and Public Health (PDF)

Orientation - A Safe Start

Tyler Kellar, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association
Margaret Cernigoj, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

This workshop will explore the legal requirements under federal and provincial legislation for orientation training. Not only is it a legal requirement, it’s one of the best ways to keep your workplace and workers safe. Health and safety orientation goes beyond just new workers, it’s equally important for contractors, persons returning to the workplace and for keeping the community safe. Learn about best practices and tools to create a SAFE START and enduring health and safety.
Download - Orientation - A Safe Start (PDF)

Septic System Classification, Operation and Maintenance

Phil Tangie, Bimose Tribal Council
The workshop will discuss several aspects of Septic Systems on First Nations in Ontario including the following; Regulations in Canada and in Ontario as they apply to Septic Systems installed on First Nation lands. Classification and Types of Systems installed. Operation and Maintenance of Septic Systems and Troubleshooting skills development.
Download - Septic System Classification, Operation and Maintenance (PDF)

Managing Housing Tenures

Roxanne Harper, Turtle Island
The presentation will provide an overview of ownership and obligations as this pertains to tenure (rental, rent-to-own and homeownership) and, the need for policies and administrative practices for each tenure. Participants will be encouraged to consider which tenure(s) best suits their community and what they can do to improve the economic sustainability and physical management of their housing portfolio, by tenure.
Download - Managing Housing Tenures (PDF)



Bimose Tribal Council, Independant First Nations Alliance, Keewaytinook Okimakanak, Mamamweswan - The North Shore Tribal Council, Matawa First Nations Management Inc., Mushkegowuk Council, Nokiiwin Tribal Council, Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services, Shibogama First Nations Council, Windigo First Nations Council


CMHC  Health Canada