Education and Training
Phase One: Education & Training
In October it was identified that site clearing would start in December 2018. In consultation with Norway House Cree Nation Employment & Training Services, under the authority of the Education, Training, and Culture Division we sourced Chainsaw and Brush saw Safety certification. This is the first phase of training that will be provided to allow community participation during the construction of the facility. Throughout the duration of the project we want to ensure access to training and provide safe working conditions.
A call for applicants was made in the community on November 14, 2018 and by November 16th we received 114 applications. 35 candidates were selected to participate in the training, consisting of 3 women, 9 employees from our Public Works Division, 4 employees from JNR Construction and the remaining participants being NHCN band members who are currently unemployed. 33 people completed the training and we now have a pool of skilled individuals who can support this initial phase of the project and all future community and regional projects as well.
Training was held in Norway House Cree Nation on November 19 & 20, 2018 at the Education and Training Resource Centre facilitated by Ken Fosty Certified Arborist & Safety Training Instructor. The two-day seminar was designed so participants would advance their knowledge and skills to be able to safely fell trees and brush during cutting operations and included the following:
- Personal protective equipment
- Safety procedures
- Chainsaw/Brush saw safety features
- Chainsaw/Brush saw storage and handling
- Proper starting procedures
- Holding the saw properly
- Fuel and oil utilization
- Proper felling techniques
- Notching & back cutting
- Chainsaw/Brush saw maintenance & sharpening
- Hands-on outdoor tree felling & brush cutting
At the end of this two-day comprehensive course in safe and efficient chainsaw/brush saw use, participants know how to fell and limb timber under a variety of conditions, using special techniques and felling aids when required. They also know how to identify and deal appropriately with a variety of hazardous conditions associated with professional chainsaw/brush saw operation. Moving from the classroom to the woodlot for the practical portion of training, participants learned the principles of how to sharpen, maintain and operate a chainsaw/brush saw competently. Building their skills through supervised practice in actual felling and limbing operations, the participant also learned the best way to hold, start and handle a chainsaw.
Phase One: Site Preparation: Tree-Clearing:
Site Preparation work is now underway with our first team of 15 staff members beginning the initial tree-clearing on December 3, 2018. Based on the Health Centre Site Plan, there are approximately 7 hectares of trees to be cleared, which should be completed in 5-6 weeks.
Image of Initial Tree Clearing on Fort Island: Future Home of the NHCN Health Centre of Excellence
Ongomiizwin Health Services, University of Manitoba
Northern Medical Unit Physicians are committed to the provision of primary care, preventive health measures, and health education with the approach that community relations, culture, and values are often inseparable from patient care. Physicians are supported by the University of Manitoba including many specialty and subspecialty discipline visits to the community.
Norway House Hospital has been a teaching site for medical students and medical residents for many years, through the strong relationship with University of Manitoba. The medical education program in Norway House has become a highly requested clinical placement for medical students and learners, consistently receiving positive reviews by learners completing rotations at this site. Currently there is capacity for 3 student leaners to be on site at any given time. Many learners have joined the physician team in Norway House, or gone on to provide primary care services in other remote First Nations communities in Manitoba.
With strong leadership of the education program, and support from Norway House Cree Nation Chief and Council, Norway House has become the largest medical education training site of the J.A. Hildes Northern Medical Unit, of any community in Manitoba under FNIHB responsibility. Norway House is also currently the only site geographically situated within the Northern Regional Health Authority that regularly accepts third year medical students for core Family Medicine rotation placements.
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