TORONTO, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Design Points North is pleased to
announce their new organization made up of a diverse group of
individuals, representing business, labour and the Chiefs of Ontario.
It is a multi-faceted attempt to improve conditions in Attawapiskat
through sustainable and community-oriented projects and initiatives.
Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has welcomed the Design Points North
initiative into the community.
The northern First Nations community of Attawapiskat currently faces a
housing and funding crisis. These issues are exacerbated by remoteness,
which creates challenges for rapid relief and for constructing suitable
housing that can withstand sub-arctic temperatures and conditions.
Tim Gilbert, Chair of the Design Exchange and principal partner of
Gilbert's LLP, says "The plan is to begin by demonstrating the
feasibility and desirability of custom solutions. We want to design and
build these solutions by working with the people of Attawapiskat, with
the ultimate goal of developing sustainable northern industries owned
and operated by the First Nations"
Among the members of the Design Points North is architect Andy Thomson,
who will lead an exploratory workshop and demonstration in design
solutions for northern communities, in Attawapiskat in February.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union (OPSEU), says Canadians must come together and support
our First Nations. "We are looking to be part of a solution," says
Thomas. "It is up to the community to decide what is right for them."
The group will be providing Attawapiskat with a new community art
centre, a Mongolian Yurt, which will contain children's activities, art
supplies and sewing machines.
Design Points North is sponsored by the Chiefs of Ontario, the Design
Exchange, architect Andy Thomson, Groovy Yurts, OPSEU, Gilbert's LLP,
The Harbord Room, Jam3, Linda Lundström Wörks and Bay Dermatology
For further information:
Tim Gilbert, Gilbert's LLP 416-703-1100 or cell 416-727-5041