FNG begins each project by consulting continually with our clients. We ensure that we understand not just the surface needs which make our product a need for our First Nations and Inuit partner communities, we also take a hard look at the community and location as a whole. This allows us to understand the unique challenges that each project and community face. We then begin the development process by attempting to address each challenge facing a particular projects successful delivery.
An integral aspect to delivering FNG facilities to our partner communities is our Project Development Team. Following the model of FNG’s intrinsic beliefs in providing First Nations/Inuit solutions to indigenous issues, we partner with a First Nations Project Development Company called Wiidookaw. Wiidookaw is a new First Nation owned and operated company that brings many years and many projects worth of expertise to the delivery of our facilities. Wiidookaw has a shared goal and belief in ensuring that each project brings the maximum benefit possible to our First Nation and Inuit partners and clients, through:
- Assessing each project as a distinct opportunity.
- Bringing custom individualized solutions to bear on these distinct opportunities.
- Ensuring that, where possible First Nation companies are engaged in all aspects of the delivery of the facility.
- Project Conceptual stage (First Nation Architects or those willing to further First Nation skill development).
- Needs assessment stage (First Nation ground truthing companies and individuals).
- Project Planning stage (First Nation Architects or those willing to further First Nation skill development and major First Nation Trade Contractors).
- Research and development stage (First Nation Architects or those willing to further First Nation skill development).
- Design development (First Nation Architects or those willing to further First Nation skill development).
- Construction (engagement of local or non-local First Nation Trade Contractors, Sub-Contractors, local skilled and unskilled labour forces, and bolstering and developing First Nation Entrepreneurs).
- Commissioning (engagement of local or non-local First Nation Trade Contractors, Sub-Contractors, local skilled and unskilled labour forces, and bolstering and developing First Nation Entrepreneurs).
- Engaging new and emerging technologies to bring efficient and economical solutions to each project.
- Applying past experiences and knowledge to projects were appropriate and effective.
- Networking and connecting with Expertise throughout the industry to assist in solving project and general problems with new age solutions.
Each FNG facility is planned and assessed to ensure that all aspects of community needs, resources and skills are taken into account into the project process. Not only do we analyze the direct needs of our facilities such as food production and resource needs to support that production. We also review our First Nations and Inuit partner’s existing infrastructure and resources to assist us in ensuring that our production can avoid drawing on already scarce resources such as power and water. Finally, in our review of our client’s resources, we can assist in bringing new technology and innovation to bear in expanding our First Nations/Inuit resources to help ensure a truly sustainable and long term partnership.
Finally, each project and each community we partner with becomes an integral part of our FNG Network. We remain in touch, we make ourselves available and ensure that we remain a valued asset to our partners through our pre-care-after-care program. We continually seek opportunity for all of our partners to expand their individual successes and allow them to become a catalyst for success in their neighbouring communities. FNG and Wiidookaw believe that each successful project partnership becomes a thread in the tapestry of our story.