FN PIEVC Infrastructure and Resilience and Asset Management Training Workshop announced

In partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources, Stantec, RSI & Engineers Canada,  and the OFNTSC have developed a First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit. This Toolkit uses industry recognized climate risk assessment principles to assess and fully document the vulnerability and impacts of First Nations infrastructure to current and future climate in a life-cycle asset management context.

The OFNTSC is holding a two and a half day workshop in Peterborough, Ontario that will provide First Nations with a better understanding of infrastructure challenges in the face of extreme weather and future climate events. These workshops are open to First Nations’ infrastructure planners, managers and decision-makers wishing to gain a better understanding of the risks that current and future climate change impact’s First Nations infrastructure.

This workshop will demonstrate the climate risks assessment steps of the Toolkit through hands-on, small group exercises and will show how to define an infrastructure inventory & components, identify climate parameters and undertake a risk assessment using real life case study applications. Participants will also learn about asset management principles, and how climate risks can be incorporated in the life-cycle analysis of infrastructure. All copies of presentations, resource material and toolkit will be provided free of charge to all First Nation delegates.

Workshop Objectives

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will have:

  • An understanding of asset management fundamental and principles,
  • An understanding of the impacts and complexities climate change has on community infrastructure,
  • Hands-on experience using a simple application to conduct climate change risk assessments,
  • Improved knowledge on how climate and climate change projection may impact community infrastructure,
  • Improved knowledge of climate change risk assessment processes and how they can be incorporated into Asset Management Plans

The OFNTSC will cover accommodations, travel and meals for one participant per First Nation/Tribal Council in Ontario. Participants are responsible to book their own rooms. Please contact the Holiday Inn, Peterborough  at (705) 743-1144 and use Booking Code: “ontariofirstnationstechnical” when booking your accommodations.

If you’re interested in registering for this workshop, please fill out the registration form below.

For more information on the workshop please contact Elmer Lickers, Senior O&M Advisor at elickers@ofntsc.org or by phone at 416 651 1443 ext. 223. Space is limited for each session, so register early and reserve your space for the FN PIEVC Infrastructure Resilience and Asset Management Training Workshops.

This workshop was made possible by support from INAC – First Nations Adapt Program.

FN PIEVC/AM Workshop

  • Please provide the name of the community/Tribal Council/Organization that you currently work for.
  • Please provide any information related to food allergies.

 

Press Release: OFNTSC works to mitigate climate change on critical First Nations infrastructure

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) working together with Engineers Canada and Stantec have collaboratively developed a First Nations Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (PIEVC) Toolkit. The First Nations PIEVC Toolkit aims to assist First Nations in identifying and developing mitigation measures for risks to infrastructure in First Nations.  Three First Nations in Ontario have tested the kit to ensure its viability for future use. Those three First Nations are Mohawks of Akwesasne, Oneida Nation of the Thames, and Moose Cree First Nation. The toolkit was funded in part by the Government of Canada and Ontario.

The Toolkit provides First Nations with a tool that will allow the climate change risks assessed by First Nations, to be incorporated into asset management plans. Protection of critical infrastructure through comprehensive operations and maintenance plans allows for expanded maintenance, repairs, and the replacement of infrastructure after its life cycle is complete.

“The effects that Climate Change is having on the world are undeniable. For First Nations this means a fundamental shift in the way that infrastructure is maintained and operated to mitigate the risks of a changing climate” said Melanie Debassige, Executive Director of the OFNTSC.

Debassige continued “The OFNTSC’s Operations and Maintenance Service has worked tirelessly to assist First Nations with asset management plans to ensure critical infrastructure is maintained for future generations use. Addressing climate change are the next steps for First Nations, in the process of maintaining assets.”

As part of the OFNTSC’s continued commitment to First Nations, the OFNTSC’S Operations and Maintenance Service has been working with tribal councils and First Nations on understanding the effects of climate change. The Toolkit incorporates data from Indigenous Services Canada’s Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS) and Integrated Capital Management System (ICMS) databases to ensure the most recent data is available to First Nations when using the toolkit. The toolkit also accommodates for traditional and local knowledge in the data gathering process. To date two workshops have been delivered to First Nations and Tribal Councils with a third planned at the OFNTSC’s First Nation Water Symposium on May 15, 2018 in Niagara Falls.

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation was created in 1995 to provide technical advisory services to 133 First Nations, 16 Tribal Councils in Ontario. Areas of service include operations and maintenance, housing, water and wastewater treatment, infrastructure, emergency planning, environment, climate change and fire and safety. For more information on the OFNTSC, please visit www.ofntsc.org

For more information on this press release please contact Colin French, Communications Officer at 416 651 1443 ext. 256 or by email cfrench@ofntsc.org.

For more information on the toolkit please contact Elmer Lickers at 416 651 1443 ext. 223 or by email elickers@ofntsc.org

Student Classic Golf Fundraiser May 14, 2018 in Niagara Falls

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is announcing the Student Classic Golf Fundraiser will be taking place May 14, 2018 at Thundering Waters in Niagara Falls, ON with a 1pm Shotgun Start. Cost to register for this great event is $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. We invite you to come out and show your support for First Nations students!

The Student Classic takes place each year to raise funds for Ontario First Nations students in science, engineering, technology and math studies. Funds raised from the tournament go directly towards the OFNTSC’s Student Achievement Awards. The OFNTSC provides four bursaries to Ontario First Nations students and one engineering bursary.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE STUDENT CLASSIC

This year’s tournament will be taking place the Monday before the OFNTSC’s First Nations Water Symposium.  Participants will receive a gift bag for registering for the tournament, which can be picked up the day of the tournament.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? See our attachment at the bottom of this page for sponsorship opportunities related to the Student Classic. Have a question about the Student Classic? Please contact Tom Northardt, Student Classic Coordinator at 416 651 443 ext.  245 or by email at tnorthardt@ofntsc.org

Attachments:

2018 Golf Sponsorship Package

Climate Change/ Asset Management Workshops Announced

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is announcing Climate Change and Asset Management Workshops for First Nations and Tribal Councils in Ontario.

Workshops will be taking place March 20-21 and March 27-28, 2018 and are open to First Nations Chief and Councils, administrators, infrastructure planners, public works managers, and Tribal Council representatives of Ontario First Nations.

Please register early as space is limited to (25) participants.

Participants are responsible for their own travel & accommodations. Please contact the hotel before February 29, 2018 to take advantage of discount group rates. Toronto Workshop – Holiday Inn, Toronto Airport (416) 798-5805 and Thunder Bay Workshop – TownPlace Suites by Marriott (807) 346-9000.

REGISTER NOW: March 20-21, 2018 – Toronto Workshop

REGISTER NOW: March 27-28, 2018 – Thunder Bay Workshop

In Partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR), and Engineers Canada, OFNTSC has developed a First Nation Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee (FNPIEVC) / Asset Management Toolkit. This streamline and simplify toolkit uses standard risk assessment principles to assess and fully document the vulnerability and impacts of community infrastructure to current and future climate in a life cycle asset management context.

Upon completion of the Workshop, participants will have:

  • Basic understanding of asset management fundamentals and principles
  • Improved knowledge on how climate and climate change projection impacts infrastructure
  • Improved knowledge of risk assessment processes and Asset Management plans
  • Hands-on experience using a simple application to conduct climate change risk assessments

Workshops will provide steps of the FNPIEVC/AM Toolkit through hands on, small group exercises and will show how to define an infrastructure inventory and components; identify climate parameters; and undertake a risk assessment and mitigation measures using real case study applications.

For more information on these workshops, please contact Elmer Lickers, Senior O&M Advisor at (416) 651 1443 at ext. 223 or by email at elickers@ofntsc.org.

Liquid Fuel Handling Code Upgrade Training

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is informing First Nation fuel handlers that there have been changes made to the Liquid Fuel Handling Code (LFHC) in Ontario.  The changes to the LFHC affect all who hold Petroleum Mechanic Helper (PMH, PM3, PM2, PM1) certificate holders or higher.

Any First Nation person who holds one of these certificates must take a one-day training workshop to update themselves on changes to the LFHC. Those who do not attend workshops will not be able to renew their respective certificates. The workshop must be attended prior to the expiry of the certificate; otherwise applicants will have to start over again from the beginning.

For a complete list of training opportunities available, please visit the Technical Standards and Safety Authority’s website here: LFHC TSSA TRAINING.

Environment Canada Workshops for Petroleum and Halocarbon Regulations

On January 24, 2018 Environment Canada’s Compliance Promotion Unit – Ontario Region will be conducting a workshop for an introduction to the requirements of the Storage Tank Systems Regulations.  Topics that will be covered during the workshop include: who is regulated, what storage tank systems are regulated; technical requirements such as product transfer areas; reporting and record keeping; and crititcal timelines. This workshop, which is one full day of training (9:00am – 4:00pm) covers all aspects of the regulations and is suitable for those without previous training in storage tank systems.

On January 25, 2018 a second workshop will be offered on Federal Halocarbon Regualtions – 2003. The workshop will provide a general understanding of the requirements of the Federal Halocarbon Regulations- 2003. Topics that will be discussed are: who is regualted, what halocarbons are regulated; what systems are regulated; required practices and procedures for installation and servicing; reporting and record keeping requirements.  This workshop, which is a half-day of training (9:00am to 1pm) covers all aspects of the regualtions and is suitable for those without previous training FHR 2003.

Both workshops will be taking place at the Environment Canada, 335 River Road South, Ottawa. Please note there is ample free parking available at this location.  There is no cost to attend this training, lunch and snacks will not be provided to participants.  For more information on this event or to register please contact: Lisa McClemens at 613 949 8278 or by email at lisa.mcclemens@canada.ca

First Nations Waste Diversion Workshop Jan 31. – Feb.1/2018

REGISTER HERE FOR THE FIRST NATIONS WASTE DIVERSION WORKSHOP

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) Environment Service will be hosting a two-day workshop on First Nations Waste Diversion: Opportunities and Resources from January 31- February 1, 2018 at Casino Rama Hotel.

The two day workshop will cover topics such as First Nation diversion programs, INAC Solid Waste Budget, Waste Free Ontario, Blue Box Recycling and datacall, Ontario’s Blue Box program, Waste Electronics Diversion, Used Tires Diversion, Scrap Metal and Vehicles, Household Hazardous waste, and best practices/resources to support your programs.

The OFNTSC will cover accommodations, travel and meals for one participant per First Nation/Tribal Council in Ontario. Participants are responsible to book their own rooms. Please use Booking Code: ONTA18A when booking. Rooms are $119/per night.

For more information on this workshop please contact Stephanie Allen, Environmental Scientist at sallen@ofntsc.org or by phone 416 651 1443 ext. 243. This workshop was made possible by funding through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

2017/18 OFNTSC Fire Protection/Fire Prevention Poster Contest

The key message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is to teach the public about what a home escape plan entails, and the value of practicing it with all members of the household. The campaign also works better to educate the public about just how quickly home fires can spread, and how little time they may have to escape safely.

All full-time students attending a Band or Federal operated school, from Pre-School to Grade 12, are encouraged to submit an entry for the 2017/18 Regional Poster Contest.

The closing date is Friday, November 24, 2017.

If you require any assistance, or clarification, please contact Siobhan Kennedy, Fire Safety Coordinator at (416) 651-1443 ext. 257 or email skennedy@ofntsc.org.

For more information, click on the following link: OFNTSC Fire Prevention Poster Contest

WSP Canada Indigenous Student Awards

WSP works with Indigenous communities across Canada — advancing projects that create opportunity and enhance quality of life. WSP is proud to collaborate with Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures program and create a new series of educational awards that will further the pathways and possibilities for Indigenous youth.

These awards will be distributed annually to Indigenous student(s) who are attending post-secondary institutions (i.e. college, university, technical college, or apprenticeship program) with demonstrated financial need for contribution to education costs with a preference to students studying in academic programs in Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Environment, Geomatics, Mining, Power and Industrial.

Attachments:

WSP Scholarship

Unaffiliated First Nation Training Needs Survey

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) has announced additional funding for water and wastewater operator training and certification for 2008/2009. The OFNTSC will manage this funding for the eighteen (18) Unaffiliated First Nations in Ontario. With three exceptions, this funding is allocated at $5000 per First Nation. As per requirements from INAC the course has to be “Director Approved” from Ontario Environmental Training Consortium (OETC).

By this survey, the OFNTSC will attempt to identify the needs of the operators at the unaffiliated First Nations.

This will be used to assist the First Nations in organizing and planning the training so as to maximize the benefits to the operators. The survey can be downloaded below, and faxed backed to Attn: Mohammed Karim, Senior Engineer, Plant Operations & Operator Training. Fax:(416) 651 1673
Attachments:

Training Needs Survey for Unaffiliated First Nation Plant operators November 2008

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