Stronger Together: The NAC Creates a Strong Foundation for the IFMO

Stronger Together: The NAC Creates a Strong Foundation for the IFMO

The National Advisory Committee (NAC) for the development of the Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO) has been struck. The NAC’s role is to advise the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) on the IFMO governance structure, mandate, scope of authority, and scope of programs and services. Foundational to its vision, the NAC uses a process of consensus to advise on the IFMO. The governance ideas that were shared in the engagement sessions were used to develop a governance structure that honours Traditional Knowledge, consensus, and participatory decision making.

The image of the turtle unites the key areas of governance, standards and policy, advocacy, research and data holdings, and programs and services into a cohesive model. Like the plates of a turtle shell, which join together to give the shell an amazing strength, the components that make up the IFMO project work together to create a strong foundation for a sustainable, culturally astute, Indigenous-led organization. Each piece of the IFMO program model is important for supporting the other pieces, and together they form a cohesive whole that is stronger than each individual part.

The hope is that the NAC will inspire other Indigenous organizations to create governance models that work for them, including those that incorporate Indigenous perspectives and models of well-being— models that are ‘for us, by us.’

Engaging Communities for Safer Communities: IFMO Community Engagement

Engaging Communities for Safer Communities: IFMO Community Engagement

Pictured: Don Bilodeau, Innovation 7 Facilitator moderates an armchair panel with Darlene Marshall – Eskasoni Band Council Housing Director, John Cremo – We’keqma’k First Nation Fire Chief, and Arnold Lazare – IFMO Project Lead

AFAC holds the first community engagement session on the Indigenous Fire Marshal Project (IFMO)

Community representatives from the Atlantic region gathered in Moncton, NB on Thursday, October 17, for the first of eight community engagement sessions. Participants explored the plans for the IFMO project, which were developed from the recommendations of the technical engagement series.

IFMO Project Lead Arnold Lazare presented the planned activities for the organizational governance and structure, and the programs and services to be offered. A moderated armchair panel explored the topics further to provide greater understanding and context before the group divided into teams to examine a series of thought-provoking questions.

We heard that participants would like the opportunity to speak to their community members about the topics they will be discussing. In response to this feedback, we will be publishing the questions on our website and sharing them with invitees as part of our engagement outreach.

Your voice is important!

Help bring about positive changes for Indigenous communities from coast to coast to coast.

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