A Decade of Building Together

The 10th Annual First Nations Northern Housing Conference took place on February 14, 15 & 16, 2012 at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The First Nations Northern Housing Conference Working Group would like to thank our generous funders and sponsors for their continued support, and the speakers and tradeshow exhibitors for sharing their knowledge and expertise. Most importantly, we would like to thank the delegates for coming from across Ontario and Canada to join us. Your participation is the reason this conference has been such a resounding success for so many years.


Mitaanjigamiing First Nation

The community is being recognized for the completion of a 6-plex residential project featuring 3 one bedroom and 3 two bedroom units. The project was completed on time and on budget utilizing a contractor from the community and with help from community members who were hired to work on the project.

Mitaanjigaming First Nation is commended for their persistence and success in the face of many challenges. Late season construction combined with a fire destroying one of their major building suppliers did not prevent the project from being completed. The project taught everyone many valuable lessons and many band members bene3fitted from being involved with the process.

Kasabonika Lake First Nation

Kasabonika Lake First Nation is being recognized for their innovative use of a variety of different funding programs to help deal with their housing situation. In addition to the overcrowding and lack of housing that many remote First Nations deal with, Kasabonika Lake First Nation had the added problem of being at maximum capacity for their hydro generating and sewage treatment plants.

The community used every available source of funding including AANDC and CMHC CEAP program funds, CMHC RRAP, CMHC Section 95, as well as utilizing band finances. The funds were used to renovate and in some cases, replace their existing housing stock in the form of new buildings. It is noteworthy that Kasabonika Lake First Nation did the majority of the housing construction and renovation with their own local workers.


Preserved Wood Foundations

The Builders Challenge event was once again hosted by TV and Radio personality and all ’round handyman Jon Eakes. The challenge consists of 4 demonstrations and competitions detailing proper techniques for building Stairs.

These demonstrations taught delegates:

  • to frame a wall, complete with opening and framing clips for the opening, as well as fastening to the Preserved Wood Foundation (PWF) footing plate;
  • to sheath a wall, also demonstrating the spacing and sealing at joints both horizontal and vertical, installation of the 6 mil poly damp proofing and sealing the 1/2″ PWF plywood grade strip;
  • how to install an electrical outlet with poly hat for the Air Vapour Barrier, and run a feed wire for it through the top plate, as well as insulating the wall stud cavities;
  • and to install the Air Vapour Barrier, paying special attention to the electrical penetration and window opening, seal the wiring penetration with foam or acoustic sealant, and install framing straps to each foundation wall stud.


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