SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL INDIGENOUS FIRE SAFETY COUNCIL
NIFSC was designed to support Indigenous communities in the development of their internal capacity to support community safety and resiliency. The NIFSC works in partnership with different agencies, governing bodies, academic institutions, organizations, and communities to offer a variety of fire and life safety programs and services to Indigenous communities. We are thankful for the support that we have received to date and welcome additional formal acknowledgements of support.
Resolution passed by Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) passed a resolution in support of the Aboriginal Firefighters Association (AFAC) in December 2017. At that time, the Special Chiefs in Assembly directed the AFN to support AFAC in its creation and implementation of what is now known as the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council (NIFSC). The Special Chiefs Assembly resolved that AFAC and NIFSC be collaborative with First Nation leadership to ensure that the project incorporates the needs of the communities it serves.
This Resolution signifies that AFAC and the NIFSC Project are living their values, taking a for us, by us approach to problem-solving. Together, the AFN and the NIFSC are working collaboratively, ensuring that the distinct voices of each organization and the communities they represent are heard and valued as we work together to improve fire and life safety issues in Indigenous communities.
This collaboration between the NIFSC and the AFN signifies our prioritization of the role that national Indigenous organizations, like the AFN, will have in guiding the direction of the NIFSC. Ultimately, Indigenous communities and leadership, not the Project itself, will define what success means for the NIFSC.
Community Show of Support
Interested in formalizing your support with the NIFSC?
Letters of support from the communities we serve help to demonstrate the need for the programs and services offered by the NIFSC. It guides funding and legislative bodies in understanding the importance of the project. Your letters of support exhibit that need, and help to ensure the longevity of the NIFSC.
If you’ve attended one of our workshops or participated in one of our programs and would like to show your support for this Council, please download a template letter of support to help establish and promote ongoing cooperation, collaboration, and information sharing.
With your support, we can continue to improve fire and life safety in your community and others.
Signed Letters of Support
- Mistissini Fire Department, Mistissini, Quebec
- Bigstone Cree Nation, Wabasca, Alberta
- Blood Tribe, Standoff, Alberta
Support the National Incident Reporting System (NIRS)
In order to address the need for fire-related data, and to refine our approach, a National Incident Reporting System (NIRS) has been created to capture fire-related incidents, specifically on reserve.
The purpose of the NIRS is to identify the origin and circumstances of incidents. This will draw attention to areas of concern including social factors such as housing conditions, age, and the presence of working smoke alarms. This initiative, however, requires a long-term commitment. It will require several years before the data obtained is substantial enough to support evidence-informed decision making. To learn more about the NIRS, visit our webpage.
You can support the NIRS by reporting an incident that has occurred in your community. Reporting incidents, and collecting this data over time will help to identify trends, deficits, emerging risks and inform future education programs, training initiatives, supporting funding decisions and improve the resiliency of communities.
Research Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs)
Research is an important part of the work that strives to guide program development, delivery of programs and services to reduce fires, injury, and deaths. Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) formulate working relationships between like organizations with our newly formulated our organization.
The premise is of co-operation and collaboration for ongoing research initiatives, specifically related to health, fire and life safety in Indigenous communities. Others can offer important insights.
Through MOUs, each party can create opportunities that will foster a collaborative relationship adding value to our missing, including:
- Joint research, cultural, and educational activities;
- Exchange of researchers ideas with educational institutions, faculty members;
- Advanced opportunities for Indigenous graduate students for research lectures and discussions;
- Participation in seminars and research meetings; and,
- Exchange of research materials, tools, publications, and other information.
Signed Memorandums of Understanding (as of March 1, 2021)
- Canadian Association Chiefs of Police
- Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs
- Canadian Automatic Sprinkler Association
- Catherine Smith, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia
- Council of Canadian Fire Marshals & Fire Commissioners
- Dr. Jennings, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Dir., Christian Regenhard Centre for Emergency Response Studies
- Fire Underwriters Survey
- University of British Columbia
- University of the Fraser Valley