On October 20, 2011, the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) announced receiving a donation from the Patterson Foundation in order to support its initiative to set up on-reserve satellite offices in First Nations in both northern and southern Ontario.

Having found the location for the southern Ontario office, the CRC recently issued a request for proposals to encourage First Nations in northern Ontario to welcome an on-reserve satellite office in their community.

The CRC works to “improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world,” according to Melanie Goodchild-Southwind, the Senior Manager of First Nations Projects of the CRC.

The satellite offices will extend the CRC’s services to more remote communities in order to assure a specialized response to problems occurring within First Nations in Ontario.

The application process includes a mandatory bidder’s teleconference scheduled for March 14 from 2pm to 3pm EST. The deadline to submit a formal written proposal is April 12 at 4pm.