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WAH-KA-IH-KUN MAMO ANOKIWIN (WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD A HOUSE) INITIATIVE

WAH-KA-IH-KUN MAMO ANOKIWIN (WORKING TOGETHER TO BUILD A HOUSE) INITIATIVE

LAUNCHED BY KIIKENOMAGA KIKENJIGEWEN EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING SERVICES (KKETS) AND DISCOVERY HOUSE

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 30, 2020  (LSN)  Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services (KKETS) in partnership with  Discovery House announced the launch of Wah-Ka-Ih-Kun Mamo Anokiwin Initiative with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding agreement today at Ramada Airlane Hotel and Conference Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Wah-Ka-Ih-Kun Mamo Anokiwin (Working Together to Build a House), will help train 64 Matawa Youth (ages 16-30) in a Construction Craft Worker Training Program that will operate primarily in northern Matawa communities through the use of Galaxy Technologies. ‘Smart Classrooms’ will be installed in selected Matawa First Nations to provide faster more comprehensive distance learning. Highspeed satellite internet, large screens and new tablets will help create an interactive learning environment in the participants home community, removing the need to relocate for educational and training purposes.

Participants will also assist in building self-sufficient, ‘net-zero’ living units in participating Matawa communities such as Eabametoong First Nation. Eabametoong Nation is scheduled to receive a 64 Housing Unit that will include a greenhouse, solar power, geothermal heating and water filtration technology.  Each unit will be able to house a family in approximately 1700sq/ft of living space. 32 Housing Units will be built in each of the remote access communities of Marten Falls First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation and Webequie First Nation.

Greenhouses built into the roof of the buildings will grow vegetables 8 months of the year, with data collection technology that will monitor and asses crop quality and quantity for viable crops in low light environments. 30 individuals will be employed by each Discovery House complex and each complex is structured as a community owned agricultural co-op.

The project will deliver unprecedented industry leading automation in vertical horticultural, aquacultural and agricultural product processing that will achieve energy efficiency, cost effectiveness, environmental responsibility and production levels previously unattainable.

The Construction Craft Worker Training Program has a funding commitment from the Ministry of Natural Resources Canada (75%) and Discovery House (25%) combined total of $15.5 million over 3 years, the longest running program at KKETS to date.

 

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