Image of Deneen Brigham fomer OFNTSC Senior Environmental Scientist.

Retirement of Deneen Brigham, Senior Environmental Scientist

We are proud yet saddened to announce the retirement of OFNTSC Environmental Scientist, Deneen Brigham; a valuable member of our team at the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC). After 15 years of dedicated service, Deneen is bidding farewell to her role as a Senior Environmental Scientist to enter her much-deserved retirement era.

Decolonizing Water Governance: Addressing the Water Crisis in Ontario Through Recognition of First Nations Jurisdiction

This paper proposes an approach to decolonizing water governance in Ontario along two pathways: Pathway One (short to medium term) concern reforms that must be taken to address the water crisis from within the colonial system; and, Pathway Two (medium to long term) concerns the process and formalization of restored jurisdiction to First Nations regarding water governance that aligns with Indigenous knowledge, customs, and traditions and self-determination.
OFNTSC staff and visitors stand on the deck in front of the new office in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Board member Paul Schisler and Executive Director Melanie Debassige hold a red ribbon and scissors ready to cut the ribbon signifying the official opening.

New office helps OFNTSC increase outreach in northern Ontario!

Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) is pleased to announce that a fourth office will soon be launched! The new office is located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation, which is 20 minutes west of Sudbury. The occasion will be celebrated with a grand opening on June 9th, 2022 which includes an open house and free barbecue.


A three ring binder lays open on a wooden table with a red pen and some paper clips strewn about. The title on the open page reads "Emergency Response Plan"

Cessation of Emergency Management Preparedness Service offered by OFNTSC

For the past 12 years, the Emergency Management Preparedness service at OFNTSC has prepared First Nations in Ontario to meet the challenges of emergency situations through training, assistance with Master Emergency Response Plans, consultation, and more. The program supported First Nations by building technical capacity in emergency management preparedness and community infrastructure.

A rendering of the new school shows the front facade entrance with the words Biigtigong First Nation School

​​​​​​​Construction to begin on new school in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation

Biigtigong Nishnaabeg is extremely pleased to announce the construction of a new elementary school (kindergarten to grade 8) in the community in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada. The new school facility has a floor area of 2,780 square meters (29,924 square feet) and is sized to accommodate a student population of 175. The construction of this new facility will relieve the overcrowding issue at the existing school and eliminate the need for portables.