In the latter part of 1990s the Federal and Provincial governments started privatization of various services that they provided. One of the services that went to privatization was the inspection service such as electrical, plumbing & heating, housing, and other regulated or processes requiring code compliance. The changes in the government services caused a flurry of inspection service companies to sprout throughout Canada, including in Alberta.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation in conjunction with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development have since the Eighties started training the Native Inspector Training, and out of the program we have today a fair number of trained inspectors.
The training included:
- New Housing Inspection
- Existing Home inspections, or the RRAP Inspections
- Currently the Private Sewage Disposal Systems training is included as part of the inspection training.
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation then in working with the Native Inspectors launched its own attempt to organized a pool of inspectors through the Native Inspection Services Initiative (NISI) that they can rely on to contract out various inspections required on RRAP projects and other First Nations housing projects through Indian Affairs.
This will not only help in taking a further step towards the First Nations’ vision of recapturing self-reliance and determination – it would also be a move that will protect another small but significant part of their local economic interests.
Report: The Beginnings of FNNBOA
Laying the Foundation for a First Nations / Aboriginal Inspectors Association (PDF - version français) - This report focuses on the outcomes of a meeting that was held on March 23 and 24, 2002 in Ottawa. A foundation meeting for what was to become FNNBOA.
One of the key decisions made was to establish an association to represent inspectors serving First Nations and Aboriginal communities. The group also nominated us as co-chairs to help establish this association. The report also identifies other key decisions that were made during the meeting.
FNNBOA Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Objectives
FNNBOA Vision Statement
FNNBOA is a not-for-profit professional organization that promotes the use and understanding of building codes and standards, demonstrates the effectiveness of how building by laws can improve code compliance and enforcement leading to improved healthy, safe and accessible homes, and recognizes the important role that Certified First Nation Building Officer plays to ensure compliance of these building bylaws.
FNNBOA Mission Statement
FNNBOA’s vision is accomplished by:
- Representing individuals working as building officers in First Nation/Aboriginal communities which serves as a National Forum with a central contact point to address matters pertaining to the interests of it’s members.
- Promoting mandatory certification which includes standards of practice and codes of ethics.
- Promoting and marketing the skills and knowledge of the “Building Officer” and their role in improving housing conditions.
- AdvocatingBand Councils adopt building by laws as part of their housing policies.
- Providing information toChief and Council to allow them tomake informed decisions.
- Building capacity for both First Nations Building Officers and the communities in the area of housing quality.
Objectives of FNNBOA
- To serve as a national contact for various government agencies, financial institutes and the construction industry on matters pertaining to the interests of its members.
- Ensure certification is mandatory for all Inspectors
- Maintaining the National Certification and Accreditation processes
- Promote capacity development of its members ensuring building officers have the skills and knowledge to carry out inspections on new and existing homes
- Advocate housing policies related to the adoption and enforcement of building codes and better building and renovation practices
- Developing and promoting accredited training courses and striving to have the Building Inspector designated as a trade