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First Nation children and families will benefit from a unique rooftop recreation space thanks to funding from the Recreation Infrastructure Canada Program in Ontario and the Ontario Recreation Program (RInC/Ontario REC).

In 2007, Native Child and Family Services Toronto (NCFST) purchased their building at 30 College Street. It had been vacant for several years and exhibited all the signs of neglect: leaky pipes, unusable heating and cooling systems and mould.

During the extensive renovations required to make the building usable, the decision was made to add support beams under the roof so that, at a future date, the roof could be converted into usable outdoor space.

When the RInC/Ontario REC funding became available, NCFST jumped at the opportunity to apply. Their proposal fit with the criteria for the programs: it was shovel ready, would provide outdoor recreation space and would not be able to be built without the additional funding.

The project was completed in September of 2010. The roof of the NCFST building now features a sweat lodge, a campfire circle and room for children to play among trees, shrubs and plants that are native to Ontario and significant to First Nation heritage.

“This green roof will significantly enhance our capacity to provide ceremonies and other cultural activities without having to drive 60 kilometres out of the city. This roof brings more cultural and recreational options to the heart of the city and we are excited by not only the current possibilities but by what we might be able to do in the future,” said Kenn Richard, Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto.