Source Water Protection Plan Training

Please share the attached the invitation to participate in OFNTSC’s Source Water Protection Plan Training with your First Nation contacts.

Registration is limited to 15 participants noting this is a brand new course and we hope to offer the training again in the future (funding dependent).

The training is being delivered in two 3-day sessions, the first March 6-8/18 and the second June 12-14/18.

Participants are expected to work with their First Nation to develop a Source Water Protection Plan and for that reason the First Nation Band Manager or equivalent must authorize their participation.

Tribal Council employees are also welcome to attend.

More information is contained in the attached package, please contact me if you have any questions.

Stephanie Allen, BSc. (Hons.)
Environmental Scientist
Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
111 Peter St., Suite 606, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1
Office (416) 651 1443 ext. 243
Cell (416) 347 9557

First Nations Well Stewardship Technical Workshop

Thunder Bay Water Well Workshop for First Nations

Green Communities Canada and Ontario First Nations Technical Services
Corporation invite you to participate in a technical workshop on drinking water
wells. The workshop is June 3rd, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Valhalla Inn,
1 Valhalla Inn Road, Thunder Bay.

The half-day workshop is an opportunity for individuals who work in the fields
of housing, public works, and health to learn about the Well Aware program,
well best management practices and groundwater protection. Suggested
participants include Public Works Managers, Tribal Council Technical Staff,
Housing Inspectors, Community Health Representatives, First Nations Health
Directors, Band Managers, Councilors, and Chiefs.

The workshop teaches the technical components of well siting, construction
and decommissioning. And also discusses water testing and the potential
impacts of wells on the geohydrologic cycle. Overall the workshop will
provide a strong technical base of knowledge on drinking water wells.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Jane Conboy PhD., PGeo, and
Executive Director of the Well Wise Resource Centre. There is no cost to
attend, however we do ask that you pre-register for the session.

This workshop is part of a pilot project to adapt the Well Aware information
and delivery tools to meet the needs of First Nations communities. Well
Aware is a successful delivery program in Ontario that encourages people
to protect their wells and our common groundwater supplies through
voluntary, confidential and non-regulatory visits by a trained water guide
and outreach activities in the community.

We encourage you to register online at www.ofntsc.org . If you have any
questions about this workshop please contact Kate Garvie at
705-745-7479 ext. 154 or by email at kgarvie@greencommunitiescanada.org
or Stephanie Allen, Environmental Scientist, OFNTSC by email at
sallen@ofntsc.org.

Landfill Operations and Maintenance and Solid Waste Diversion Workshop

The OFNTSC is announcing two workshops at Days Inn-Orillia, for Landfills Operations and Maintenance Training (two day workshop) plus a Solid Waste Diversion Workshop (one day) taking place from December 13-15, 2016.  Both workshops will start at 8:30am and will finish at 4:30pm.

The comprehensive Landfill Operations and Maintenance course designed to incorporate all aspects of managing your Community’s waste effectively, prolonging the lifespan of your site, while minimizing potential environmental impacts. Topics include, an introduction to landfills and contamination, operations and maintenance and best practices, settings goals and diversion opportunities, transfer stations and municipal service agreements.

The Waste Diversion Workshop has been designed for those First Nations with diversion programs in place that want to monitor their diversion rates and introduce improvements to get more of their community diverting. A course outline is below describing the activities of the two workshops. Registration Deadline is December 2nd, 2016.

Day 1 – Landfills Operations and Maintenance Training (December 13-14, 2016)

Module 1: Landfills and Contamination

Module 2: (Part A) – Operation and Maintenance – Design & Construction

Day 2 – Landfills Operations and Maintenance Training (Continued)

Module 3: (Part B) – Best Practices for Managing Your Landfill

Module 4:  Setting Goals and Diversion Opportunities, Transfer Stations and Municipal Service Agreements

Module 5:  Landfill Site Visit (TBA)

Day 3 – Solid Waste Diversion Training (December 15, 2016)

Introducing Improvements to Your Solid Waste Diversion Programs

Part 1: Get to Know Your Waste Management System – Collecting Baseline Information

Part 2: Enhance Your Program – Identify cost effective waste diversion program and policy opportunities

Part 3: Increase Participation and Recycling Rates – Using effective promotion and education approaches

Register for courses by CLICKING HERE!

Hotel Rooms Details

A block of rooms have been reserved under OFNTSC.  Participants are to arrange their own accommodations directly with the hotel. OFNTSC will cover expenses for rooms (excluding incidentals), travel and meals. Lunches and snacks will be provided throughout the course.  Breakfasts and dinners on your own.  Registration is limited to 25 participants and will be closed when full.

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Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference Ocotber 4-6, 2016

The 6th Annual Northern Ontario First Nations Environment Conference (NOFNEC):  “Adapting Our Knowledge to Empower Change”, is taking place on October 4-6, 2016 in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Nor’Wester Hotel.

NOFNEC 2016, is a “don’t miss” event that is the cornerstone venue for anyone interested in discovering the balance between environmental stewardship and opportunities for economic/resource development.  NOFNEC 2016 is a full-scale conference taking place in scenic Thunder Bay, Ontario this fall. Featuring an interactive tradeshow and offering invaluable information to First Nations Environmental Professionals, this conference is the largest First Nations Environment Conference in Canada!

As part of the Conference, OFNTSC is pleased to offer our Natural Attenuation Landfill Operations and Maintenance Training.  Participants are requested to pre-register and must attend the full-day of training to receive a Certificate of Completion. For more information on the Landfill Training, please contact Deneen Brigham at (807) 623-9595 or via email at dbrigham@ofntsc.org.

If you want access to the most relevant, up-to-date information for First Nation Environment professionals register for NOFNEC 2016 at  http://nofnec.ca/link.html

 

Ontario First Nations Illustrated Guide to Small Fuel Tank Systems

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) has created a Illustrated Guide to Small Fuel Tank Systems. The guide was developed by the OFNTSC’s Environmental Service in conjunction with OFNTSC’s CRTP: Fuel Systems Management, Housing and Infrastructure services.

The guide was developed in response to the growing demand of assistance requested for tank failures, fuel spills, environmental site assessments and remediation. This guide is meant for housing managers, public works, bulk fuel handlers, tribal council staff and First Nation communities. Reading this guide may assist you in reducing both environmental and fiscal liabilities in the future.

 

First Nations Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course

The OFNTSC is pleased to announce we will be facilitating a two day course on First Nations Landfill Operations and Maintenance in Sioux Lookout from Nov 29 to 30, 2011 at  the Forest Inn & Conference Centre.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE CLICK HERE!

The Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course is intended for First Nations public works managers, landfill supervisors, solid waste managers form the Sioux Lookout zone and Tribal Council technical staff. 25 spaces are available only for this course. Additional sessions will be offered in the coming months for the Sudbury and southern regions.

The Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course will cover the following topics over the two day course:

•           How a natural attenuation landfill works

•           Contamination pathways and risk assessment

•           Landfill siting best practices

•           Landfill design features

•           Managing the fill area

•           Monitoring and reporting

•           Operations and maintenance

•           Setting goals for your landfill

•           Landfill site evaluation

•           Waste diversion opportunities

The course will also include a tour of a local landfill. Participants will also receive a Landfill Operations and Maintenance Manual which can be customized to take back and use in your community.

Registration is free for confirmed participants and the OFNTSC will be directly covering hotel accommodations and lunches during the workshop. Other expenses such as travel, breakfast, dinner, and incidentals will be reimbursed to First Nations/ Tribal Councils at OFNTSC rates.

Further information including the detailed agenda will be emailed to confirmed participants. To find out more please contact Stephanie Allen at 416 651 1443 ext. 256 or by email at sallen@ofntsc.org or Deneen Brigham at 807 623 9595 by email at dbrigham@ofntsc.org

 

First Nations Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course, Location has changed

Update (01/09/2012): The OFNTSC Landfill Operations & Maintenance Course originally scheduled for Jan. 24-25, 2012 in Sudbury has been moved to Rama First Nation (dates remain the same).

The meeting will be held at the “MASK” Mnjikaning Arena Sports Key located at 6147 Rama Road in the upstairs Community Room.

Hotel accommodations are at the Days Inn located on Rama Road (across from Casino Rama). Room and tax will be paid for directly by OFNTSC for confirmed participants. OFNTSC will be providing the hotel with a master list so you won’t need to call to register.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the course. The First Nation/Tribal Council will be reimbursed for all other meals, incidentals per overnight stay, and travel using OFNTSC rates.
For those interested in the tour of the Sudbury MRF, this is still being planned for those First Nations participating in the Sudbury Area First Nations Recycling Evaluation Project.
Sorry for any inconvenience this change has caused.

The OFNTSC is pleased to announce we will be facilitating a two day course on First Nations Landfill Operations and Maintenance at Rama First Nation.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE CLICK HERE!

The Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course is intended for First Nations public works managers, landfill supervisors, solid waste managers. 25 spaces are only available  for this course. The Landfill Operations and Maintenance Course will cover the following topics over the two day course:

•           How a natural attenuation landfill works

•           Contamination pathways and risk assessment

•           Landfill siting best practices

•           Landfill design features

•           Managing the fill area

•           Monitoring and reporting

•           Operations and maintenance

•           Setting goals for your landfill

•           Landfill site evaluation

•           Waste diversion opportunities

The course will also include a tour of a local landfill. Participants will also receive a Landfill Operations and Maintenance Manual which can be customized to take back and use in your community.

Registration is free for confirmed participants and the OFNTSC will be directly covering hotel accommodations and lunches during the workshop. Other expenses such as travel, breakfast, dinner, and incidentals will be reimbursed to First Nations/ Tribal Councils at OFNTSC rates.

Further information including the detailed agenda will be emailed to confirmed participants. To find out more please contact Stephanie Allen at 416 651 1443 ext. 243 or by email at sallen@ofntsc.org 

LEAF 2011-2012 Applications now Available!

First Nations and Inuit communities and institutions are now able to access funding through the 2011-2012 Lands Environmental Action Fund (LEAF). This funding is available for First Nations and Inuit to undertake a variety of initiatives related to environmental stewardship. LEAF funding is being provided to First Nations and Inuit governments, organizations, communities and appointed representatives to address environmental concerns on reserve lands and support environmental awareness and training. Prospective applicants should review the attached LEAF Aboriginal Environmental Stewardship 2011-2012 Funding Guidelines for further information on eligibility criteria.

While all projects that meet the Proposal Evaluation Criteria will be considered, for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Department is placing an emphasis on projects that address environmental regulatory compliance issues on-reserve such as fuel storage tanks, waste sites, environmental assessment, Species at Risk or other federal and provincial environmental protection legislation.

Proposals must be prepared using the enclosed LEAF Project Proposal Application Form and received on or before Friday, July 29, 2011.
Please see the call letter and evaluation form for more information.
Attachments:

LEAF_PROPOSAL_EVALUTION 11-12

LEAF Call Letter

First Nations Waste Diversion Workshop

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is pleased to announce a First Nations Waste Diversion Workshop taking place at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel, from February 23-24, 2011.

This two day workshop will cover topics such as blue box recycling, used tires, waste electronics, municipal hazardous and special wastes and used oil. Day one of the workshop has been designed to provide information on multiple waste diversion programs currently operating in Ontario, and specific information on how First Nations can access these programs including funding that may be available. Day two will focus on the hands-on planning specifically related to the blue box recycling program and designing a recycling plan for First Nations with performance measures and policies.
After the workshop has concluded, First Nations in attendance will be enabled to meet industry recognized recycling best practices, but also help ensure First Nations are receiving the maximum blue box funding available from Waste Diversion Ontario.
For more information on this exciting workshop please CLICK HERE to be redirected to our calendar listing and registration. For more information on this session please contact Stephanie Allen @ 416 651 1443 ext. 243 or by email at sallen@ofntsc.org

Spills and Emergency Response Planning Training

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) will be coordinating a southern First Nations Spills and Emergency Response Planning Training course on March 1, 2011 at Mnjikaning (Rama) Community Hall.

The course will start at 8:30am March 1, 2011 and will conclude at 4:30pm, March 1, 2011. This training will benefit public works managers, housing/facility managers, Tribal Council technical staff and others who are responsible for petroleum fuel storage tanks and facilities. This training has been designed for managers responsible for the management of petroleum fuel storage tanks with an emphasis on compliance with federal regulations

This training will cover the following topics: regulations, product identification, petroleum product hazards, risk assessment, spill emergency plans, spill approach, operation and maintenance basics, product transfers and a demonstration on how to use the contents of a spill kit.

Funding assistance from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada has made this training possible. The OFNTSC will be delivering the training in conjunction with Stantec, OFNTSC’s CRTP: Fuel Systems Management Program, and Environment Canada.

Accommodations for registered participants only will be provided at the Days Inn, across from Casino Rama. Registered participants will also have their travel and meals covered for the duration of their stay. Only one registered participant from each First Nation/Tribal Council will be accepted. There are only 25 spots for registered participants and they will be served on a first come first serve basis.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS TRAINING PLEASE CLICK HERE!

for more information on this training please contact Stephanie Allen at  416 651 1443 ext.243 or by email atsallen@ofntsc.org.

Attachments:

DRAFT AGENDA_OFNTSC Spills Training

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