Aboriginal Businesses Feature

Leon Tirums and Bernie Bird of AlterNative Homes hope to break ground late this year on a composite panel manufacturing plant in Dryden.
Aboriginal home builder aims for 2015 plant startupAboriginal home builder Bernie Bird is counting on a fat order book this summer to start the cash flowing toward erecting a composite home manufacturing factory in Dryden.His company, AlterNative Homes, is aiming to break ground on a panel plant in the city’s industrial park by late summer and be in operation by mid-winter or spring of 2015.In early June, the Edmonton-based Bird and vice-president Leon Tirums were building a 15- by 36-foot demonstration home at Eagle Lake First Nation in prepar...


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North Shore First Nation wants hydro plant inside national park
Pic River First Nation has eyes on building a hydroelectric power station inside the boundaries of Pukaskwa National Park on Lake Superior.The Ojibway band announced July 16 that it has submitted a proposal to the federal government for a 25- to 30-megawatt generating station at Chigamiwinigum Fall...
Program trains Aboriginal women in mining
Her official title is job coach, but in her role with the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group, Kelly Lamontagne can, on any given day, also serve as a social worker, mover, relationship guru, personal shopper, addictions counsellor, cheerleader and headhunter.It’s all done in the name of helpi...
New First Nations housing standard better than a building code
A new form of housing in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek First Nation is being hailed as an important step forward in addressing chronic housing issues in First Nations across Canada.The community just outside of Sudbury, formerly known as Whitefish Lake, unveiled a four-unit complex, the first built wit...
New engineering venture takes aim at Northern infrastructure
Two engineering firms and two First Nations have teamed up on a new venture to better pool their expertise in positioning themselves for future infrastructure activity in northwestern Ontario.Ozaanaman Engineering is a partnership with TBT Engineering, Saulteaux Consulting and Engineering, Rainy Ri...


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