Governance & Corporate Development

The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) created the NIFSC to support Indigenous communities in building capacity to determine their own fire and safety needs. The AFAC has developed a strategic plan for the transition from the AFAC to the NIFSC, effective April 1, 2022, which includes the establishment of the inaugural NIFSC Board of Directors.

The inaugural NIFSC Board of Directors will consist of 17 board positions. Recruitment is underway for the three (3) representatives with specific subject manner expertise. These positions include (1) Emergency Management/Disaster Resiliency, (2) Emergency Medical Services, and (3) a Wildfire representative.

Interested parties are asked to submit a cover letters and resumes demonstrating their ability to perform the requirements outlined in the Board position of interest. Resumes should clearly identify which position the applicant is applying for and demonstrate their qualifications to perform that position.

Applications can be submitted by email to with the following in the subject line: NIFSC Board of Directors – Application for Board Position.

NIFSC Inaugural Board of Directors Selection Criteria:

 Closing February 18, 2021. Please apply by email to

NIFSC Board of Directors- Selection Criteria

NIFSC Board of Directors

Emergency Management:

 Closing February 18, 2021. Please apply by email to

Board Position Description- Emergency Management

NIFSC Board of Directors


Closing February 18, 2021. Please apply by email to

Board Position Description- Emergency Medical Services

NIFSC Board of Directors

Wildfire Management:

 Closing February 18, 2021. Please apply by email to

Board Position Description- Wildfire Management

What is a Governance Model?

A governance model refers to how an organization’s policies, systems, structures, and framework interact with each other, who maintains responsibility for them and who oversees decision making. This responsibility often lies with a Board of Directors.

Request for Feedback on Proposed Governance Model

AFAC and the NIFSC are requesting feedback and comments on the proposed governance structure for the NIFSC to ensure that the organization maintains a pan-Indigenous approach. AFAC and the NIFSC Project invite comments on the model to support the strategic direction and the development of the NIFSC.

Why are We Sharing This Proposed Governance Model?

The proposed governance model was designed to support the mandate and continued work of the NIFSC once it’s implemented and operational in April 2022.

The governance goal of the NIFSC is to reflect all Indigenous Peoples and it will rely on the National Advisory Committee and collaboration with national Indigenous organizations to meet that goal. In order to achieve this goal, the NIFSC Project is circulating the proposed governance model for feedback.

NIFSC Legal Entity 

NIFSC will be implemented as a not for profit as the interim inaugural legal model effective April 1, 2022.

AFAC will expand the existing mandate and services, adopt the NIFSC governance and administration model and change the AFAC legal name to ‘National Indigenous Fire Safety Council’ effective April 1, 2022.

What Will We Do with Your Feedback?

The feedback provided will be taken into consideration as AFAC and the NIFSC Project move towards the standup and implementation of the NIFSC in April 2022.

Feedback Form


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