GIS stands for Geographic Information System, which as the title implies, is a systematic approach to gathering information about the communities and land we live on. Once we assemble this information we use it to accurately represent the current needs and potential risks as it pertains to our communities.
Josee recently joined OFNTSC as one of our HUB team's Operators-in- Training! Josee says she feels right at home with the HUB team. Her work allows her to follow her passion for working in the environment in a role that honours her traditions. Read our interview with Josee now
Over the past few years, it has become increasingly clear that asset management and the preservation of our community assets is of great importance when it comes to creating healthy and thriving First Nation (FN) communities. Many communities have recently invested substantial resources into the planning and construction of much needed infrastructure such as water & wastewater treatment facilities, schools, housing and fire protection equipment, to name a few...
Hub Coordinator Adam MCcue updates us on the state of the HUB program
The Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP) provides quality one-on-one training to First Nations operators, supporting them in the operation and maintenance of drinking water and wastewater systems in First Nations communities. Under this program, Circuit Rider Trainers (CRTs) visit First Nation communities to work with water operators, providing as much time and hands-on support as is required to ensure the reliable provision of safe drinking water.
In this article Heidi Manitowabi Teaches us about 'The Circular Economy. The circular economy is a different way of looking at how we use materials and resources, with an emphasis on the 3R approach: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Circular Economy moves beyond the linear approach to a more sustainable, longer-lasting, and higher-value system of use. In the circular economy, products are used in ways that maximize their lifecycle, while reducing waste. This can involve recycling, reusing, repairing, sharing, refurbishing, and more.
June is National Indigenous History Month, so we’re taking the time to highlight and showcase some of the amazing contributions First Nations peoples have made in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math, and other technical fields. Follow along as we highlight two #IndigenousInnovators, whose impact cannot go unnoticed, on our social media channels each week.
We asked one of our Circuit Rider Trainers, Jack Brown, to answer a few questions for us on what the Circuit Rider Training Program is and why it's so important for First Nations Water Operators to utilize. Check out his responses below! 1. What are the most common issues you see that cause BWAs in First Nations communities? The most common issues that I have encountered that relate to B.W.A.s are directly related to water distribution system breakdowns. The most common occurrence is usually from a water main break.
Many people have done it by accident, or on purpose and any person that drives a vehicle, operates a watercraft, uses a lawnmower, chainsaw, etc. uses this product. Today I’m going to provide you with some information on why you shouldn’t pour or spill “it” on the ground and especially not in the water! Yes, I am talking about Petroleum Products, e.g. (Gasoline, Diesel fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, etc.). The list is too long to mention all of the products.
It's a new year, and with it come new projects, new initiatives, new events, new staff, technology, responsibilities, and more! In other words, a lot of change. Over the past twenty-five years, OFNTSC has accomplished so much for our First Nations, but as an organization, the Board structure has not evolved. When I joined OFNTSC as the Executive Director in 2018, it quickly became apparent that a lot of transformation needed to happen if OFNTSC was going to stay relevant and remain essential to the First Nations communities we serve.
It’s that time of year again to make sure you keep the winter weather from entering into your home through the little cracks and gaps that may occur during the warmer months. By checking these various items before the temperatures drop will save you time and money and likely reduce your chance of having to do any major repairs to your exterior in the cold winter months.
Making decisive decisions about constructing, operating, maintaining and replacing community infrastructure is difficult. Choosing between competing and worthy initiatives to grow and build our communities against the investment needs of critical services such as roads, bridges, schools, arenas, water and wastewater systems is a challenging task.
Hello! My name is Nathan Hill, Fire Safety Coordinator / Infrastructure, from the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation. October 4 – 10, 2020 is Fire Safety week and this year’s campaign is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen”. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
I know we have all likely spent more time indoors over the past 3 months than normal. That’s why I think it is a good time to take advantage of it by giving your home a little bit of TLC. I have put together a list of 5 home maintenance tips you can do yourself. You may require a few additional tools or materials that you don’t have at home right now but with one trip to the hardware store you could have everything you need.
First Nations in Ontario are used to submitting funding requests to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). The First Nations Infrastructure Investment Plans (FNIIP) are submitted every year and managers cross their fingers that this might be the year funding shakes out.
I think we all are aware that working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. The days of commuting to the office seemed to have vanished before our eyes and it’s now the norm to roll out of bed and hop onto your computer, right?! #pyjamasallday