Thank You to one of our best partners – TRUE NORTH AID, for responding to Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council Inc., request by providing support to our Elders in our five-member First Nations; Ojibways of Onigaming, Big Grassy River, Animakee Wa Zhing #37, Northwest Angle #33, and Wauzhushk Onigum.
123 Elders were provided with whitefish by an Indigenous company “Hale Fisheries” who volunteered to open their operation to support our Elders and their families during these challenging and unprecedented times.
Special thanks to Hale Fisheries and AKRC staff who were on hand to assist in distributing this generous donation.
The Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council (AKRC) is incorporated as an Aboriginal non-profit organization, providing advisory and technical advisory services to its member First Nation communities located throughout Northwestern Ontario on Lake of the Woods. The AKRC requires the services of a HUB OIC for our new HUB department. This technical unit is designed to provide oversight and assistance with the operation and maintenance of our member First Nation water treatment systems while bolstering operator capacity through coordinating and delivering training opportunities. This position includes providing Operator in Charge (OIC) services as required and will report to the Hub Manager or in the Hub Manager’s absence the Technical Services Manager.
- Provide monitoring and oversight service to Hub affiliated water facilities from a centralised Hub Operating Centre located in Kenora, Ontario.
- Respond to alerts, alarms and requests from community water treatment facility operating personnel.
- Respond to facility emergencies notifying the Hub Manager and commencing emergency response protocols.
- Ensure all staff and WTPOs have or work towards acquiring essential certification required of their respective positions (first aid, WHMIS, pleasure craft licence, confined space, other etc).
- Ensure that the Occupational health and Safety Act (Canadian Labour Code) is followed.
- Create and maintain an equipment and tool inventory including critical spare parts for the WTP’s and emergency equipment.
- Ensure communal water facilities are operated and maintained in accordance with the Canadian Drinking Water Quality Guidelines and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) (O. Reg. 170/03). This includes the provision of remote monitoring of these facilities, creating an emergency call out hotline and assisting with the removal of BWA’s as they arise.
- Ensure water quality data is collected and maintained and reported on.
- Develop and implement operations and maintenance procedures for efficiently and effectively operating and maintaining water facilities in accordance with applicable regulations and standards (SOPs, MMPs, ERPs, etc.).
- Provide direction and or supervision to Hub affiliated Water facility Operators.
- Ensure that records and logbooks are maintained in accordance with O. Reg 128/04
- Ensure that all equipment used in the processes within his/her responsibility is properly monitored, inspected, calibrated and evaluated and that records of equipment operating status are prepared and readily available.
- Develop and implement Operator Training Plans to ensure operators receive essential training as required under Ontario Regulation 128/04 including hands on mentoring and providing in house training opportunities.
- Complete in-house staff reporting to the Hub Manager. Attend meetings as required.
* Note: this list includes major responsibilities but is not exhaustive of all required minor day to day duties.
- Working knowledge of water system operation, treatment, system hydraulics, pumps, wells, motors, valves, etc., normally acquired through a community college diploma or equivalent experience in water operations and maintenance including a minimum of 3 years operating experience in a water treatment facility
- Strong understanding of computer applications for the technical environment including plant performance monitoring through SCADA systems.
- Effective communication skills (oral and written) and interpersonal skills
- Must have a minimum WT1 Certification from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Post-secondary education with a C. Tech, C.E.T., or P.Eng. designation would be a definite asset
- Must have a valid Class “G” Ontario driver’s license
- Must have pleasure craft/ boat license
Conditions of Employment:
- This position requires being on call and available after regular working hours in emergency situations via the 24/7 hotline for operator technical assistance and staged call out protocol
- Must provide own vehicle transportation and willingness to travel extensively to our First Nation communities including travel on ice road.
- Benefit package immediately upon employment commencement
- Pension Plan upon successful completion of probationary period
- Salary to commensurate with qualifications and experience
On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Gardewine Transport delivered 50 bags of flour to our office in Sioux Narrows. Treaty Three Police (in the area) and the Health Directors (from each member First Nation) were available to distribute 10 bags of flour each to our member-First Nations, Mishkosiminiziibing (Big Grassy River), Animakee Wa Zhing 37, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, Northwest Angle 33 First Nation and Wauzhusk Onigum Nation.
The initiative stems from a partnership through True North Aid in the ‘From bag to bannock: Flour Project 2020’
About the program:
Flour is an essential staple food for those living in northern communities in Canada. From baking bread to thickening sauces and so much more, flour is an important resource for families. With the COVID-19 pandemic, flour has become difficult to access for those living in remote communities due to the high cost of food, the inability for individuals to travel outside of their community, and the scarcity of the product in grocery stores.
True North Aid aims to help fill this gap by purchasing flour from Prairie Mills Flour in Manitoba. By connecting with those who produce the flour themselves, we can provide this essential item for those who are in desperate need. We will be purchasing and then donating 15 pallets with 50, 20kg bags, to communities who apply through our application portal via our website.
This project is just one step that True North Aid is taking toward helping northern communities with self-determination and food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aboriginal Health Planning Authority (AHPA) provides support & expertise to address the health & wellness needs of AKRC communities funded under the Aboriginal Healing & Wellness Strategy.