The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation has won an award of merit from the Consulting Engineers of Ontario for its project to develop and implement the First Nations Infrastructure Resilience Toolkit (FN-IRT) with Stantec.
OFNTSC, with our partners at Stantec, developed and have applied the First Nations Infrastructure Resilience toolkit. The toolkit integrates traditional Indigenous Knowledge with climate and engineering information to identify and qualify climate risks to community infrastructure. The toolkit also supports risk and asset management planning; providing guidance on how to better plan maintenance, repairs and replacement of assets.
The Toolkit is adapted from Engineers Canada’s PIEVC (Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee) Protocol to make it applicable to First Nation communities. The FN-IRT was developed in collaboration with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Oneida Nation of the Thames, Moose Cree First Nation of Moose Factory, Engineers Sawpit Island on the Moose River, southwest of Moose Factoy. Canada, and Risk Sciences International (RSI). Funding was provided by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada – First Nation Adapt Program (Formerly INAC) and OCCIAR (Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaption Resources).