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 formal 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 a new organization through Indigenous collaboration – for us, by us.
- Create an Indigenous governed organization whose structure receives sustainable funding to operate and serve FN communities.
- Collaborate with existing Indigenous organizations providing support to FN communities and not accept any existing funding targeted for another Indigenous organization.
- Establish standards and programs that are relevant to FN communities’ needs and (through validation) improve community safety.
- Create a national reporting system that will serve improving FN community safety.
Strategic goals and objectives are free of political influence.
- Promote Indigenous fire service careers and training.
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 Delivery Specialist 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.
NIFSC Program Categories
Community fire Safety
Governance & Corporate Development
Community infrastructure & engineering
fire department management
fire department operations
The NIFSC Project Philosophy
The NIFSC Project:
- Is an Indigenous created organization serving Indigenous communities.
- Has an Indigenous governance structure developed in collaboration with Indigenous leadership.
- Is using new, ongoing funding, free of political interference.
- Is creating fire service careers for Indigenous Peoples.
- Is an organization accountable to Indigenous communities through transparent reporting.
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Research and Development
The Indigenous Fire Marshal Service (IFMS) is the delivery arm of the NIFSC. IFMS Delivery Specialists work with communities to deliver programs to meet the communities’ needs. They are fire service experts that are certified and experienced who can provide technical support and advice on program development. Delivery Specialists can directly deliver programs in communities, support communities and their members to deliver programs within their communities and support the self-delivery of selected programs.