For us, by us

The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project is the result of a new Indigenous developed framework designed to support Indigenous communities in development of their internal capacity to support community safety and resiliency. The NIFSC Project is Indigenous inspired, designed and led in collaboration with regional and national Indigenous communities, organizations and leaders.

The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council

The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) is managing the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project, dedicated to providing Indigenous communities with the tools needed to be healthy and safe. It is an Indigenous-created organization that serves Indigenous communities.

Between April 2019 and March 2020, the NIFSC Project ran engagement sessions to provide input into the project, organizational design and listen to communities to better understand current challenges and gaps across the country. The engagement sessions helped inform NIFSC Project design, governance, current gaps and community safety priorities. The NIFSC Project is working with Indigenous communities and is focused on developing and testing programs relating to fire prevention and public education because those have the greatest impact on public safety.

The NIFSC has the following objectives:


  • Create an Indigenous organization collaboratively developed by national and regional Indigenous bodies to serve Indigenous communities (‘for us, by us’)
  • Negotiate an established and sustainable funding model for the organization
  • Create a National Incident Reporting System
  • Be driven by strategic priorities instead of political agendas 
  • Create and promote Indigenous fire service careers and certified training
  • Create inclusive programs that can be subscribed to by all Indigenous communities

NIFSC Project Program Development & Delivery

The NIFSC Project has defined seven program areas and a program development schedule to develop and launch each version of individual programs.

Program delivery will be offered in both French & English and formats* and will include:
  • Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) deliveries – IFMS resources that will provide on site/in person programs.
  • Train the Trainer deliveries – the IFMS will provide various support formats and mechanisms depending on the programs that will enable communities to learn how to deliver programs themselves.
  • Self-Driven – Communities will be able to deliver programs through accessing online processes with minimal or no direct support required.
*Note – Each program will dictate the limitation on format deliveries. As an example, services that require certified subject matter experts will be only delivered by IFMS and unavailable for Train the Trainer or self-driven.

NIFSC Program Categories

Community fire Safety

Governance & Corporate Development

Community infrastructure & engineering

fire department management

inspection services

investigation services

fire department operations

The NIFSC Project Philosophy

The NIFSC Project:

The NIFSC will be an Indigenous organization for Indigenous communities for us, by us.

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Research and Development


The Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) is responsible for the responsive and evolving delivery of IFMS programs and services. IFMS resources work with communities to deliver programs to meet the communities’ needs by directly deliver programs in communities, supporting communities and their members to deliver programs within their communities, and supporting the self-delivery of selected programs.

Building Relationships

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a way to introduce, establish, and demonstrate a deeper and more formal working relationship between parties. The research MOUs form a collaborative agreement between AFAC (NIFSC Project) and other organizations to contribute to research.

Through these MOUs, each party will offer to the other opportunities that will foster a collaborative research relationship, including:

  • joint research, cultural, and educational activities; 
  • exchange of researchers and, in the case of educational institutions, faculty members; 
  • advanced graduate students for research lectures and discussions; 
  • participation in seminars and research meetings; and, 
  • exchange of research materials, tools, publications, and other information.

Signed MOUs (as of January 11, 2021)

  • Dr. Jennings, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Dir., Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies
  • Catherine Smith, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
  • Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
  • Canadian Council of Fire Commissioners and Fire Marshals
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Canadian Association Chiefs of Police (CACP)
  • University of the Fraser Valley