Community Engagement Sessions

We have heard the voices of those who attended the technical and community engagement sessions and have taken their perspectives and experiences into consideration for the continued development of the NIFSC project. The NIFSC project is an evolving process and we recognize that there is a need and desire for continued information gathering and an ongoing engagement mechanism that adapts to changing needs. As we reduce the gap between Indigenous and mainstream services, the programs we offer will need to be augmented to meet the next level. To meet this need, we are open to further engagement processes.

What is an engagement session?

The engagement sessions were one-day meetings where we brought together either regional experts (technical sessions) or community designates (community sessions). Engagement sessions involved sharing background information on the NIFSC project and guided discussions on various themes.
This was an opportunity for community voices to be heard to share your thoughts with your regional fire and emergency management organizations and your community leadership.

Why did we do engagement sessions?

Community engagement is essential for the successful development of the NIFSC project. Engaging technical experts and community designates allowed for the voices of the communities to be heard, helping to inform the way forward. This was an opportunity for communities to speak about their experiences, needs, and successes.


It is through engagement sessions that we received confirmation that there is a need for a National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project. We learned that communities want the NIFSC to:

  • Be the experts
  • Meet local needs
  • Advocate for communities

Who attended?

We invited designates from geographically diverse communities, regional political organizations, National Indigenous Organizations, self-government and treaty organizations to provide input on behalf of the people they serve.

 

Our engagement findings to date are published in this report. We began this project by asking, “Is there a need for an National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project?” and the answer was a resounding yes. We then shifted our focus to determining what was wanted or needed from an NIFSC. We heard that:

Communities want the NIFSC to be the experts

  • Provide a single source for reliable technical expertise
  • Define standards and a clear pathway on how to achieve them
  • Serve as a hub for firefighters to network and train
  • Build capacity in communities through career development activities
  • Collect data to better understand the issues and design services and programs to address them

Communities want the NIFSC to meet local needs

  • Accountability and reporting to ensure the services being delivered are meeting needs and making a difference
  • Willing to redefine its role and services as risks change and new services are required
  • Enough resources in each region to provide services in a timely manner
  • Appropriate services for local needs

Communities want the NIFSC to advocate for communities

  • Help communities to access funding
  • Work with chief and council to ensure there is understanding and support
  • Provide expertise in the development of MOUs and Fire Service Agreements that are fair and equitable.

Community engagement is essential for the successful development of the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council Project.

There were 8 community and 5 technical engagement sessions in 2019.

October 17, 2019: Moncton, NB


Time: October 17, 2019 @ 7:00 am – October 17, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

39

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

31

October 22, 2019: Quebec City, QC



Time: October 22, 2019 @ 7:00 am – October 22, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

30

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

24

October 24, 2019: Thunder Bay, ON



Time: October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 am – October 24, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

51

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

48

October 29, 2019: Winnipeg, MB



Time: October 29, 2019 @ 7:00 am – October 29, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

53

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

46

November 5, 2019: Saskatoon, SK



Time: November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 am – November 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

57

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

54

November 7, 2019: Edmonton, AB



Time: November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 am – November 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

43

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

42

November 19, 2019: Prince George, BC



Time: November 19, 2019 @ 7:00 am – November 19, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

35

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

35

November 21, 2019: Nanaimo, BC



Time: November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 am – November 21, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

24

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

17

Technical Sessions:

 

 5 Technical Sessions: These summer sessions are intended for established First Nations support organizations with some existing fire knowledge.

  • July 30, Saskatoon SK – COMPLETED
  • August 1, Edmonton AB – COMPLETED
  • August 16, Eskasoni NS – COMPLETED
  • August 27, Quebec City QC – COMPLETED
  • August 29, Thunder Bay ON – COMPLETED
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