OFNTSC Monthly Bulletin: March /April 2019

Rob Olivier, Our Friend and Colleague

It is with great sadness that the OFNTSC is announcing the passing of an Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation employee Rob Olivier, P.Eng.. Rob was a beloved friend, colleague and employee of the OFNTSC for many years. Rob was passionate about his work, providing clean drinking water to First Nations, and was an integral team member for a number of important projects, including at Munsee-Delaware, Serpent River, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, and Algonquins of Pikwakanagan. Rob’s work touched many
communities and lives of the communities we serve, through the OFNTSC.

The OFNTSC will be creating a Rob Olivier Memorial Scholarship to honour Rob’s work with the OFNTSC and his contribution to First Nations in attaining clean drinking water and healthy communities. In lieu of a public service and flowers, it was Rob’s final wish to have money sent to the OFNTSC to support First Nation educational attainment. In that regard, the OFNTSC will be creating a Rob Olivier Memorial Scholarship Fund which will be used to support Ontario First Nations Students. Individuals wishing to donate to this worthwhile cause can e-transfer money to: finance@ofntsc.org or send a cheque by mail to OFNTSC, 111 Peter St., Suite 606, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Colin French, Communications Officer, 416 651 1443 ext. 245.

Trilateral Working Group

OFNTSC is part of a Trilateral Group whose mandate is to monitor and develop action plans for resolving the Long Term Drinking Water Advisories (LTDWAs) in Ontario. The Trilateral Working Group meets on a bi-monthly basis. As of January 2019, 32 LTDWA have been lifted in 19 First Nations communities.

First Nations Water Systems

Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay’s) water plant’s upgrades are under currently under construction and with a target commissioning date of May of this year.

Northwest Angle #33 received an approval letter from Indigenous Services Canada for the Angle Inlet Water System project for the Design and Construction Phases of their water system.

Animakee Wa Zhing #37 Regina Bay and Windigo Island Water Treatment Systems Project ARK48 has been approved by Indigenous Services Canada for the Design and Construction phases of their water systems.

Feasibility Studies are approved for funding and/or underway in Wahta Mohawks, Lac La Croix, Brunswick House, Nipissing, Naotkamegwanning, and Moose Cree.

Design for a new water treatment plant at Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek (Gull Bay) is underway.

Training Activities:

FN PIEVC Infrastructure Tool Training Workshop – Upcoming Dates

 London, ON: March 26 – 28, 2019

 Sudbury, ON: April 23 – 25, 2019

 Timmins, ON: May 28 -30, 2019

Confined Space Training (Please note that the OFNTSC has contracted SPI to provide the training)

  • Weenusk: March 19-20, 2019
  • Timmins: March 20 – 21, 2019
  • Chippewas of Nawash: March 26-27, 2019

Transportation of Dangerous Goods

  • Sioux Lookout: March 14 & 15, 2019
  • Fort Frances: March 18, 2019
  • Kenora: March 20, 2019
  • Red Lake: March 21, 2019
  • Thunder Bay: March 28, 2019

UPCOMING OFNTSC EVENTS:

  • OFNTSC Board Meeting – April 24-25, 2019 Thunder Bay, ON
  • TechNations Conference Aug. 26-28, 2019 Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, ON
  • All Tribal Council Meeting – October 1-3, 2019 Casino Rama (TBC)