Our experts working for the sustainable development of the Ekuanitshit community

Our colleagues from the Sept-Îles office are currently working for the Ekuanitshit First Nation community on two public building projects. These projects are a fine demonstration of our multidisciplinary know-how in buildings adapted to the needs of northern populations.

Building on our expertise working with First Nations communities, we recently obtained two contracts for the Ekuanitshit community (Mingan), building projects that meet the specific needs of this village located near Havre-Saint-Pierre on the Côte-Nord region of Quebec. At the crossroads of civil engineering and building disciplines, our services will meet the specific needs of the Ekuanitshit Innu Council in terms of comfort and sustainable development.

The Ecological House 

With a population of some 550 people, the community of Ekuanitshit has initiated an important green shift to contribute to a better quality of life for all its members. With this in mind, the Ekuanitshit Innu Council has mandated FNX-INNOV to provide consulting services, preparatory design studies, plans and specifications and construction supervision for the construction of an ecological house that will meet the sustainable development criteria proposed by Novoclimat. The main advantage of an ecological house is a saving of at least 20% on energy costs, thus offering more comfort and superior air quality. This new eco-responsible and sustainable construction will also reduce the community’s ecological footprint. 

Mandated since November 2020, our team’s mission is to be proactive and to ensure that we understand the specific demands of the project, particularly with regards to sustainability and energy conservation, to accompany the Council throughout the project’s realization. The implementation of a detailed communication plan ensures effective management of inputs and outputs by the project managers and designers. 

Kuessipan Family House 

Established in 2014 and currently established in the basement of another public building, the Kuessipan House is a place where families come to recharge their batteries, seek help to overcome personal or relational difficulties. Its mission is also to promote and encourage any social action that will allow families to improve their general well-being. Currently, the services offered to families include a Meals on Wheels, a food counter and a thrift store. The community of Ekuanitshit wishes to offer additional services to its clientele and the current spaces no longer meet the needs. 

It is with this in mind that the Ekuanitshit Innu Council mandated our civil, structural and mechanical-electrical services in March 2021, for the realization of plans and specifications and the supervision of the construction of a new building, specifically dedicated to the organization’s services. Built on one level, the building will include more than a dozen offices, a meeting room and a multipurpose room, a community kitchen and a laundry-clothing counter. In terms of design, DMG architecture has taken a modern yet respectful look at tradition to ensure an optimal response to the client’s needs. 

We are proud to be able to carry out these important mandates which demonstrate our know-how and our ability to adapt to the needs of First Nations and northern communities!