NIFSC and the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
The AFAC was a united body of regional Indigenous emergency and fire service organizations from across Canada. The AFAC have developed a strategic plan for the transition from the AFAC to the NIFSC which includes the establishment of the NIFSC Board of Directors. The NIFSC Board of Directors assumed its role in April 2022.
History of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada was founded on September 19, 1991, in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba by a group of Indigenous firefighters. The main focus of AFAC was on fire prevention and raising awareness around the needs and challenges facing Indigenous communities.
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
Advocate for legislative standards
Fire service operations standards.
National coordination of fire and emergency services in Indigenous communities.
This strategic approach was designed to support Indigenous communities in closing the fire service gap to that of non-Indigenous communities and reach a comparable service level. To achieve these results, AFAC worked in collaboration with federal and provincial governments, national fire service organizations and other Indigenous organizations until March 31, 2022 when it transitoned to the National Indigneous Fire Safety Council.