A recent UN report found that safe and secure housing remains a considerable concern for Indigenous Peoples. Housing conditions in many Indigenous communities are inadequate, to the point of being called abhorrent.
Overcrowding and poor infrastructure are just two of the many housing issues. But, for fire safety, these are pressing concerns! With more than 25 percent of those who live on reserves living in overcrowded conditions, Leilani Farha, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, says “it’s wake-up time.”
What are we doing?
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) is fully aware of the multiple issues that affect Indigenous Peoples. The association has been tasked to develop an Indigenous Fire Marshalls Office to combat the issues of fires (and lack of fire safety) in our communities. We are currently engaging across Canada with Indigenous communities and will be releasing our final reports in 2020. Moreover, we intend, in the short term, to develop new services and products that will assist the communities in combatting this threat.
Arnold Lazare, AFAC President
What can you do?
AFAC is holding community engagement sessions across the country on the IFMO project. Your voice is important so be heard!
Community representatives from youth to elders are invited to register for upcoming sessions:
- Quebec City – Oct 22
- Thunder Bay – Oct 24
- Winnipeg – Oct 29
- Saskatoon – Nov 5
- Edmonton – Nov 7
- Prince George – Nov 19
- Nanaimo – Nov 21