The Aboriginal Firefighters Association (AFAC) has started off 2020 with a busy schedule of conference attendance—sharing information, answering questions, and making connections.
AFAC attended the trade show portion of the First Nations Housing Conference in Thunder Bay, ON from February 11–13, 2020. This conference brings together First Nations housing professionals for information sharing and skills development with the aim of developing sustainable communities. The AFAC booth welcomed many visitors including housing officers, governance representatives, businesses, and community members. Those who visited the booth recognized the need for the IFMO and expressed support for the project.
On March 3–4, AFAC attended the Assembly of First Nations National Climate Gathering in Whitehorse, Yukon. This gathering focused on First Nations perspectives on climate change, including how climate changes are impacting existing challenges such as irreversible impacts to the land. AFAC’s goal in attending this gathering was to connect with climate change experts in areas that impact fire risks. A primary objective was to learn how climate change may impact current practices of landscape burning for fire prevention. Another goal was to understand how the IFMO can create partnerships and develop community understanding of the impact of climate change from a fire and life safety perspective.
March 10–12, 2020, AFAC attended the 2020 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum in Toronto, ON where we presented an update to the Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure and spoke with visitors to our busy trade show booth. Hosted by the Assembly of First Nations, this forum is a mix of plenary sessions and interactive workshops where delegates can provide input on the implementation of the First Nations National Housing and Related Infrastructure Strategy.