A Strong Voice for First Nations Building Officers
After years of discussion, First Nations building inspectors have a professional organization to call their own - the First Nations National Building Officer's Association (FNNBOA). The name “building officer” was selected because it incorporates the daily activities of a First Nations inspector, whose tasks are many and varied in the community extending beyond the on-site inspection of buildings. The FNNBOA represents people in First Nation communities who provide residential, commercial and institutional construction and renovation technical services. This includes plans review, inspections, recommending repairs, technical advocacy and advisory services assisting on reserve construction.
The Association has wide ranging objectives in the First Nations building sector, but is primarily a professional association mandated to represent the best interests of members in the broad area of occupational development. Accordingly, FNNBOA has identified key objectives which include:
- Represent individuals working as technical service providers in First Nation communities
- Establish national occupational standards to ensure minimum core competencies
- Establish national certification and accreditation processes
- Ensure programs and policies for capacity development for this sector
- Advocate housing policies that will lead to better building and renovation practices and ultimately improve housing conditions in First Nation communities.
Learn more about FNNBOA's history.
Scope of the First Nations Building Officers Occupation
The title First Nation Building Officer (which is a registered trademark of the association) refers to a professional who uses their training and experience to assess plans and specifications related to the design and construction of all types of buildings and structures. The FNBO ensures that the objectives of structural safety, fire safety, health, accessibility and the protection of buildings are addressed prior to occupancy. In addition, the FNBO use their training, experience and professionalism to report in an objective manner on the operation, condition, necessary repairs, and safety of existing properties and dwellings through visual and non-intrusive means and through operating normal user controls. Thus, the FNBO takes on responsibilities associated with other occupations including municipal building officials, home/property inspectors, fire inspectors, trainers and in some cases property assessors.
The FNNBOA network is broken up into seven specific chapters covering British Columbia, the Territories, the Prairies (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba), Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador).
You may contact FNNBOA via email - firstname.lastname@example.org or through either:
5731 Old Hwy #2
P.O. Box 219
Tel: (613) 813-0199
k.maracle [@] sympatico.ca
Cell: (780) 312-3204
lafondal2003 [@] yahoo.ca
134 MacDowall Crescent
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Tel: (306) 763-2141
Cell: (306) 940-8489
stanvin [@] sasktel.net
In Memory of Richard "Bud" Jobin, Past President of FNNBOA
On December 10, 2015, Richard “Bud” Bruce Jobin of Vimy, AB passed away at the age of 61 years.
Bud is survived by his brother, Shawn Bumstead (Nicole Gough); nephews, Brenden and Hunter; nieces, Carly, Erika and Kaylee; as well as many extended relatives and friends. Predeceased by his father, Bruce; mother, Lena; step-fathers, George Anderson and Murray Bumstead.
Thank you to his homecare nurse, Christine Gibson, for the care, compassion and help she provided to Bud.