Old Lessons New Stories

The 14th Annual First Nations Northern Housing Conference took place on February 9, 10 & 11, 2016 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.


Garden River First Nation

Providing adequate housing for 1000 residents can be a challenging task without an effective policy in place, and so, in 2015, the forward-thinking Chief and Council in Garden River implemented a new, comprehensive housing policy.

The new policy, designed to increase collection rates, improve construction and maintenance and build trust between tenants and the housing department, would require a dedicated staff to implement it. Garden River had a strong core to begin with and added two more positions: a Housing Tenant Relations Officer and a Construction Maintenance Worker.

Through the dedication of the Housing Department staff and with the increasing support of tenants, Garden River has been able to achieve a 97% rent collection rate as well as reducing arrears significantly.


Advanced Framing & Siding

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 Advanced Framing & Siding.

These demonstrations taught delegates:

  • to frame and square up an eight foot long exterior wall on the floor with a let-in cross brace for needed strength and needed blocking;
  • to raise the wall and install two foot long outside and inside corners as well as an interior partition with a vapour barrier;
  • to install exterior rigid insulation along the entire exterior face of the wall;
  • and to install vertical strapping and needed bug screening.


Can’t remember that one detail? Watch all the Conference sessions again and again!

The Web-Cast Live allows you to watch each session and workshop from the comfort of your own space via the On-Demand videos! Whether you’re refreshing your memory of watching it for the first time, the On-Demand videos will be a resource for you.


Download the workshop PDFs (if available).

  • Chemical Awareness and Learning Modules (CALM)
  • Radon Exposure Guideline, Measurement and Mitigation in Canada