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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 and download of the presentation of each workshop (where available).

Crawl Spaces

Keith Maracle and Gail Lawlor, Energy Matters
A stable and dry foundation is essential to ensure all homes are healthy, safe, comfortable, durable and energy efficient. Unfortunately, a wet and moldy crawlspace, subject to frost movement is the reality for many homes. This workshop will explore why crawlspaces fail and how we can retrofit and and build crawlspaces that work. There has been a major change in how we design, build and maintain this key part of our homes - crawlspaces are now considered short basements. This fundamental shift provides the opportunity to discuss should crawlspaces be: Heated or not? Vented or not? Where should the insulation be placed? How do we keep them dry? How do we minimize frost heave? The workshop will also present some proven cost effective alternative methods for building crawlspaces.
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Housing Placement Considerations

David Mellor, Bimose Tribal Council
The presentation will cover the main contributing factors on deciding where new housing construction should go. Main topics include; solar gain potential, ground water location, soil conditions, type of house being constructed and water management.
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Garden River First Nation and the Fund - Working Together to Achieve Great Things!

Anne Headrick, Garden River and Earl Commanda, FNMHF
The Garden River Housing Team will be receiving a Recognition Award at the Northern Housing Conference this year. This Award recognizes innovations and achievements in housing initiatives. In the words of representatives from Garden River - the award " ... has been a direct result of the Fund’s support through policy development, skills training and mentoring over the past 6 years in assisting us to build capacity in our programs and services for our community."
The presentation will highlight the hard work Garden River First Nation has undertaken in a number of areas, their challenges and successes, as well as an overview on how to work with the Fund.
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The Building Science of Air

Trevor Trainor, RDH Building Science
Controlling air flow through, around and within our homes is a complex issue. Under the right circumstances, air flow can help our buildings dry out after they get wet and provide a heathy supply of fresh air into our living space. Under the wrong circumstances, air flow can make our buildings uncomfortable, inefficient, can promote rot and even make us sick. Understanding and controlling air flow is vital to creating a comfortable, durable, healthy and efficient home and is especially important in cold, windy northern climates. Using the latest research in the field of building science, this session will simplify this complex issue, dispel some myths and answer some of the age old questions related to air flow in buildings.
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Advanced Framing

Chris Price, Bimose Tribal Council
This framing technique is not that advanced since it has been around for quite some time. We will be going over framing, insulation and weather barrier details that will save time and dollars for new housing construction. Some of these details will also work with existing homes in your community.
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Is Your House Drowning?

Jon Eakes
Water keeps us alive but it can also kill your house. Under certain conditions water can cause rot, water can grow mould. Water can swell building materials and ice can break buildings apart. Water flows through the smallest of cracks, moves through building materials and even air flow can carry large quantities of water into attics and walls. Controlling water is possible, but requires attention to details. Let's talk about the building science of WATER -- your best friend and worst enemy.
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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.
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Radon Exposure Guideline, Measurement and Mitigation in Canada

Mainul Husain & Debby Leblanc, Health Canada
Learn more about radon, health problems related to radon, the importance of testing homes for radon and how to remediate your home. From this session you will learn in detail about radon measurement and mitigation techniques, and how to become a certified radon professional. The session will also include an overview on how other First Nations Communities have managed radon problem in their homes.

Housing Water & Wastewater Connections

Phil Tangie & Chris Price, Bimose Tribal Council
Who owns the water service line connected to the municipal water distribution line? Who owns the wastewater lateral? Who is responsible for those lines? The city? The home or business owner?
Are there specific depths that water and wastewater lines must be buried? Is there a certain configuration that must be followed when installing water and or wastewater connections? Are water and wastewater lines and connections regulated in Ontario?
Sit in on the presentation entitled "Housing Water & Wastewater Connections" and find out the answers to these questions and more.
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Chemical Awareness and Learning Modules (CALM)

Priya Tanda & Debby Leblanc, Health Canada
This engaging workshop will allow participants to increase their understanding about common hazard symbols, chemicals in our environment, the difference between hazard, exposure and risk, and perceptions about environmental hazards. Participants will gain awareness of ways to reduce health risks, and will become familiar with Health Canada resources and tools to support their daily decisions. Participants will be given time to problem-solve and to participate in various group activities during this interactive session.

Converting Housing Tenure

Roxanne Harper, Turtle Island Associates
This presentation will help First Nations who have a Section 95 housing portfolio and are considering converting tenure to homeownership after the Section 95 loan has been paid in full. The facilitator will provide an overview of the benefits and challenges of converting tenure and will discuss what housing providers can do to transition the occupant and the property during this process.
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Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc., 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


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