National Indigenous Fire Safety Council
Conseil national autochtone de la sécurité-incendie

Indigenous Public Safety Conference and National Firefighting Competition 2024

The IPS Conference and 35th National Firefighting Competition will be held on October 22 - 26 in Richmond British Columbia, at the River Rock Resort & Casino.

Thank you to all our speakers who've registered for the 2024 Indigenous Public Safety Conference!


Pre-Conference Accredited Training Opportunities - Oct 22 - 23 - Register Here
2024 IPS Conference - Oct 24 - 25 -
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2024 IPS Conference Tradeshow - Oct 24 - 25 -
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35th annual National Firefighting Competition - Saturday, October 26

Please check back regularly for updates and information.

Pre-Conference Training Sessions

The NIFSC is excited to announce the following pre-conference training opportunities. The training courses will take place on October 22 and 23, 2024. Pre-conference training sessions are available for just $50. Each participant can register for one training session.

Auto Extrication - Alternate Fuel Vehicles

Instructor: To be determined
Certificate of Participation

This course focuses on real-life skill development, with a focus on the foundational knowledge and practical skills to utilize auto-extrication rescue techniques.

Building Codes Introduction

Instructor: Leon Smallboy from Indigenous Fire Marshal Service
Certificate of Participation

Introduction to the National Fire Code - 2019 Alberta Edition (NFC(AE)) and the National Building Code - 2019 Alberta Edition (NBC(AE)) explains the purpose and function of each code relative to the position of a fire officer. This course introduces how the codes are developed, updated, and organized, and how they relate to each other. The course outlines the powers of enforcement the fire officer has.

Course Requirements: Students are required to bring a laptop and follow along with the book, “National Building Code of Canada 2020 and the workbook National Fire Code of Canada 2020. Available for purchase from the Virtual Bookstore at the National Research Council of Canada. Both books are also available for free online at

Community Wildfire Protection Plans

Instructor: Kenzie Hartt from The Ember Alliance
Certificate of Participation

Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs) are a tool used in creating fire-adapted communities in the United States. They are planning processes that bring local partners to a shared vision of wildfire mitigation and adaptation for their community. This course will help fire departments, forest/fire/water- shed community groups, and local government staff to write their own clear and actionable CWPPs. Learn and discuss how to empower leaders to better engage with their communities, identify and prioritize key projects, and open the path to collaboration for successful project implementation.

Fire Life Safety Educator

Instructor: Paul Knudsgaard from Justice Institute of British Columbia
Certified for Credit–JIBC

Learners will explore the myths and realities of fire, human behavior during fire emergencies. Learn strategies to effectively reach a variety of audiences.

Course Requirements: Students are required to bring a laptop and the textbook: Giesler, M. P. (2018). Fire and life safety educator: Principles and practice, (2nd ed.). Jones and Bartlett. Available for purchase in several locations including Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and Amazon. There will be free access to JIBC’s on-line books during the course as well. (Limited to 3 users at a time.)

Resilient Minds

Instructor: Steve Fraser from Canadian Mental Health Association
Certified for Credit - CHMA

Resilient Minds is dedicated to educating and equipping firefighters with the skills to grow and maintain psychological wellness.

Traditional Fire Knowledge

Instructor: Arnold Lazare from Indigenous Fire Marshal Service
Certificate of Participation

Learn about the practice of cultural burning that has been carried out since time immemorial by Indigenous peoples. Discover what remains of traditional fire knowledge, and how the practice could positively affect modern wildland firefighting, ecosystem restoration, cultural revitalization, and biodiversity. The Traditional Fire Knowledge course establishes a baseline knowledge for Indigenous peoples regarding historical cultural burning activities across Canada, and how these practices are being acknowledged as a critical part of future of forest management.

Wildland Fire S100

Instructor: Anthony Jumeau from Fireforce
Certificate of Participation

Participants will learn the basic concepts of current strategies and tactics to mitigate and respond to wildland fires.

Pre-Conference Training Course Registration

Conference Session Speakers

The NIFSC is excited to announce the upcoming speakers for the Indigenous Public Safety Conference 2024. The conference sessions will be taking place on October 24 and 25, 2024. Register to attend this years conference sessions for just $150. Stay tuned for updates on this year's conference speakers!

Anthony Jumeau 

Arjuna George 

Cheryl Evans 

Steven Santelli

Conference Schedule

Full Conference Schedule Coming Soon

Schedule At A Glance

Conference Registration

Indigenous Public Safety Conference Tradeshow

The National Indigenous Fire Safety Council is introducing a corporate sponsorship opportunity for this year's Indigenous Public Safety Conference Tradeshow. By becoming a corporate sponsor you will unlock exclusive benefits from enhanced visibility for your organization, speaking opportunities during the event, complimentary tradeshow booth, and more great benefits.

Click Here for the Corporate Sponsorship Benefits Package

Event Details:

Trade Show Day 1, October 24, 2024

- Set up 7:00 am
- Tradeshow opens 8:00 am
- Tradeshow Day 1 concludes 5:30 pm

Tradeshow Day 2, October 25, 2024

- Tradeshow set up 7:30 am
- Tradeshow opens 8:30 am
- Tradeshow Day 2 concludes 12:00 pm

35th Annual National Firefighting Competition

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