NIFSC and the AFAC
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) Manages the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC)
The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC) was created in 2017 by the AFAC.
AFAC started the NIFSC with 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
In 2019/20, the main effort of the NIFSC was to engage with Indigenous communities. During that engagement, we heard clearly that change is wanted. The NIFSC team is working to bring about that change in collaboration with communities and existing organizations. The team continues to reach out to constituents to seek feedback on programs as they are developed.
History of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC)
The association was established to:
- Represent the interests of these associations nationally.
- Assist in the exchange of information.
- Support the implementation of services.
- Promote national standards in fire prevention, education and suppression within Indigenous communities in Canada.
Four Priorities of AFAC
- Fire prevention.
- Advocate for legislative standards
- Fire Service operations standards.
- National coordination of fire and emergency services in Indigenous communities.