On April 4, Sandy Lake First Nation took delivery of its first ambulance and improved patient care. Up to then, it had to use a van to take patients to the nursing station or to the airstrip for the air ambulance.

Sandy Lake Chief Adam Fiddler learned about the opportunity to buy an affordable ambulance at a March 2009 Partnership meeting. There he met Ron Kyle, International Project Coordinator for Green Solutions Charitable Trust, who wanted to learn how Green Solutions could help First Nations communities.

When Chief Fiddler said the community needed emergency vehicles, Kyle, also a Toronto firefighter, knew where to find them. Along with the Partnership, he was able to help two communities buy vehicles from Elite 911, a Toronto new and used ambulance dealer.

Sandy Lake and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug(KI) First Nations were each able to purchase an ambulance at a reduce cost because of their Partnership connections.

This June, Green Solutions Charitable Trust’s CEO, Sherry Prenevost, and Ron Kyle will visit other communities to hear about their needs. Green Solutions acquires redundant goods and distributes them to needy organizations in as environmentally friendly manner as possible. Read more from the Sandy Lake website.

Webequie youth helping summer volunteer | Making windows secure in Mishkeegogamang

In August 2008, one volunteer Partnership team worked with Webequie First Nation and another with Mishkeegogamang First Nation to repairs homes and build for the future. “Quick fixes” were out. Their priorities were to build relationships and plan for future collaboration. During their stays they feasted, fished, and talked, while improving homes and a church.

In 2008 Tikinagan Child and Family Services received the prestigious $50,000 Ruth Atkinson Hindmarsh Award. At the award ceremony in Kasabonika, Nancy Hindmarsh, chair of the selection committee, said, "Tikinagan has helped to dramatically improve services in the north. New partnerships with First Nations help keep children safe and connected to their family and cultural identity.”

While Tikinagan receives provincial funding to offer child protection services in remote northwestern Ontario, more support is needed for prevention programs.

“This award will expand our ability to respond and test innovative ways that can help our children discover their past, seize the present and anticipate their future," said Micheal Hardy, Executive Director, Tikinagan Child and Family Services.