Matawa Technical Services assists Matawa First Nations in the development and maintenance of community infrastructure. This includes assisting them with all aspects including the environmental component an Indigenous Services Canada capital approvals process. The services it provides varies according to individual community needs, level of individual capacity, technical proficiency and management expertise. They can include:
- Project planning, development and reporting
- Operation and maintenance of water and wastewater infrastructure
- Coordination of water and Wastewater Operator training
- Environmental remediation project support
- Housing inspection and programming
- Fire safety and protection
- ACRS and CAIS reporting
Matawa Technical Services provides the service of an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) certified through the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. The goal of the Matawa EHO is to protect, promote and enhance the health of Matawa First Nations through environmental public health programs and services in in the areas of:
- Communicable Disease Control
- Drinking Water
- Health and Housing
- Food Safety
- Solid Waste
- Public Buildings
- Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Risk Assessment
- Environmental Contaminants Research
- Wastewater Disposal
- Pest Management
Matawa Technical Services provides the service of Fire Prevention & Protection Consultants, also known as Fire Marshals (FM). Two FMs are on had to provide advice and assistance to Matawa First Nation in this area. FMs assist Matawa First Nations in developing programs to enhance community emergency service plans and fire inspection services. They also provide information and training for fire fighters, fire chiefs and officers in the Matawa First Nations, including critical incident stress de-briefing.
The Matawa FMs provide advice on emergency services, fire protection and acts of terrorism, and fire prevention in the home.
For resources on fire safety, please visit: Amber’s Fire Safety Campaign
In the fall of 2017, Matawa Technical Services established Nibi Water Services originally as a HUB pilot project supported by Indigenous Services Canada. The goal of Nibi Water Services is to provide ongoing water and wastewater support to Matawa First Nations and their Water and Wastewater Operators (WWOs).This support includes 24/7 emergency services and training to ensure required certification in accordance with Ontario Drinking Water Regulations and Federal Guidelines for Operations. Nibi Water Services also monitors and collects water quality data in the Matawa First Nations includin overseeing the calibration of water treatment equipment including filter media replacement, reverse osmosis repairs, and chlorination.
Nibi Water Services staffs a Class 4 Water Plant Operator, a Class 2 Water Treatment Operator and a Class 1 Wastewater Operators to provide these services to the Matawa First Nations. It also assists Matawa First Nations in developing Preventative Maintenance and Emergency Response Plans.
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