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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).

Amber's Fire Safety Campaign Overview & Fire Safety Panel Discussion

Mike McKay, NAN
Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign Overview: The Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign is focused on increasing fire safety and helping prevent tragic house fires in NAN First Nations. This presentation will provide an overview of activities and goals in the areas of Fire Prevention and Fire Education.
Fire Safety Panel Discussion: Panelists representing the fire protection community will provide diverse perspectives and discuss various areas of Fire Protection.

Housing Policy Toolkit Project

Eric Blueschke, Naut'sa Mawt Tribal Council
This presentation will provide:
- Review of the development methodology, structure, distribution and contents of the NmTC Rent and Rent-To-Own Policy Toolkit
- Overview of toolkits currently in development:
    - Home Ownership Policy Toolkit
    - Break-Even Budget Toolkit
- Opportunity for participants to ask questions and be provided with the toolkit documents
Download the Presentation (PDF) or the Toolkit Request Form (PDF)

Fire Code Compliance and Basic Home Fire Safety

Community standards include a range of items, from adhering to building and fire codes to informing community members of fires. Adopting the Fire Code Compliance when Constructing or Repairing homes on First Nation will adequately resolve the fire safety standards.
Fire prevention programs in First Nation on-reserve communities help reduce fire incidences, damage and deaths. Fire prevention education and awareness is key to saving lives. Strengthening fire safety education and awareness across First Nation communities is a central component of effective fire protection strategy. By promoting Fire Prevention strategies regarding Home Fire Safety, such as Escape Plans, Smoke Alarm Testing, Carbon Monoxide Detector Testing, First Nation residents will have the best chance at escaping a fire and injuries.
This workshop will discuss the Fire Code Compliance and Home Fire Safety so you can work towards implementing programs of your First Nation to promote Fire Safety.

Enforcing Housing Policy

Roxanee Harper, Turtle Island Associates
First Nations have developed a housing policy to protect their investment and guide delivery and administration of their portfolios however many struggle with policy enforcement. Lack of policy enforcement prevents a First Nation from achieving the maximum benefit and value of the policy. The facilitator will review the common barriers to policy enforcement and will offer suggestions on how these barriers can be overcome.
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Home Maintenance

Keith Maracle
This session will provide home occupants with a better understanding of how to do basic home maintenance and better understand how their homes work, and what steps they can take to prevent mold from becoming a major problem.
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Roles & Responsibilities in Housing

Roxanne Harper, Turtle Island Associates
First Nations have millions of dollars invested in housing; one of the key factors in effective management of these assets is defining roles and responsibilities of all parties. The facilitator will share information and suggestions to help define roles and responsibilities for leadership, the administration, occupants and the community and what can be done to encourage acceptance of these responsibilities.
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First Nations Fire Protection Strategy

In 2016 a significantly important document with potential to positively impact Ontario Region first nations fire protection was released by Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada called the Joint First Nation Fire Protection Strategy (2016-2021).
In the spring of 2016, the Ontario Native Fire Fighter Society in partnership with INAC Ontario Region initiated the development of an Ontario Region First Nations Fire Protection strategic plan. In order to fully develop this living document input from Northern Ontario region stakeholders is needed. During this session discussion will be facilitated to gather information/concerns from Northern Ontario Region First Nations which will be included within the Strategic Plan.

National Building Code Update

Nedjma Belrechid, National Research Council of Canada
By the end of the presentation, the attendees will know more about the most significant technical changes that were introduced to the NBC 2015, Part 9 Housing. Half the changes deal with stairs, ramps, handrails and guards. In addition, changes in seismic hazard values and snow load values lead, in some cases, to changes to the design requirements. A new metric has also been introduced to better measure the Airborne sound transmission. Many of the outdated or withdrawn CGSB standards referenced for roofing, damp-proofing and waterproofing materials and installation applications were replaced. Finally, requirements have been introduced in Par 9 for Exterior Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS).

Importance of Tenant Laison

Carrie Zeppa, Garden River First Nation & Lisa McCormick, Batchewana First Nation
This presentation will help First Nations identify the importance of a tenant relations officer, roles and responsibilities of this position and how to build, maintain and achieve a successful, positive and professional relationship with tenants. The facilitators will discuss responsibilities for maintaining effective relationships between the tenants and management and the First Nation and dealing with tenant complaints/concerns. Learn the top 10 concerns in the tenant relations area.
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Building Elevation

Shaun Daniels, Confederation College
This workshop will outline differential leveling used in the construction industry to set the elevation for many things, such as footings, walls and slabs. Building Elevation is determined through differential leveling, which is the process of measuring vertical distances from a known elevation point to determine elevations of unknown points.
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Proposal Writing 101

Katrin Sawatzky, CMHC
Do you have a project or initiative that needs funding to happen? Feeling overwhelmed by the rhetoric and not knowing quite where to start? This workshop is an interactive, hands-on opportunity to learn tips, tricks, and build powerful skills on how to write a successful proposal for your organization. Walk away from this session on the right track and feeling confident in writing & planning your project!
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Natural & Mechanical Ventilation

Chirs Price, Bimose Tribal Council
In this workshop, delegates will cover all the possible methods of how houses “breathe”. They will cover such things as air circulation, positive and negative air pressures, indoor air pollutants and moisture levels, forced air furnaces, exhaust fans and heat recovery ventilators.
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Ministerial Loan Guarantee and Budget 2016 Housing Initiative

Siva Appiah, INAC
The workshop will provide an overview of the Ministerial Loan Guarantee Program which assists First Nations in securing financing to build or renovate houses on reserve. The workshop will focus on how First Nations can use this program to promote home ownership, build rental homes for members, or renovate existing homes on reserve.
The workshop will also provide an overview of the investments under the Budget 2016 initiative which will invest over $416 million over two years to improve housing conditions on reserve, improve capacity, and assist First Nations in the implementation of innovative approaches to improving housing conditions in their communities.
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Is Your Environment Healthy?

Mainul Husain, Health Canada & Debby LeBlanc, Health Canada
Come and join Debby Leblanc and Mainul Husain from Health Canada to learn more about things in your environment that can affect your health and everyday life. This session will provide information on Health Canada's Environmental Health Programs that help to protect Canadians and will give you a brief overview of chemical hazards, outdoor air quality, and how to live safe and healthy lives.
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Forging a New Path Together

David Gordon, Lac Seul First Nation & Lucille Michaud, FNMHF
In this session, you will hear representatives of the Lac Seul First Nation describe their experience in working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund and how they have embraced both Credit Enhancement and Capacity Development to achieve their housing goals. Lac Seul is a success story for the Fund as well, being in the north and working with their chosen lender to see their first builds this year. You will hear how Lac Seul has benefited from the Fund’s support and over-came housing related challenges.
The First Nations Market Housing Fund (“the Fund”) works with First Nations to attract private financing for homes on reserve, on settlement lands and on lands set aside. The Fund also provides capacity building supports to help strengthen First Nation governments in the areas of financial management, governance and community commitment.
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