Community engagement is essential for the successful development of the Indigenous Fire Marshal Office. There will be 13 engagement sessions held this year:

 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

8 Community Sessions: These fall sessions will confirm the findings from the technical sessions and are intended for community Chiefs and leadership.

  • October 17, Moncton NB
  • October 22, Quebec City QC
  • October 24, Thunder Bay ON
  • October 29, Winnipeg MB
  • November 5, Saskatoon SK
  • November 7, Edmonton AB
  • November 19, Prince George BC
  • November 21, Nanaimo BC

Our team will be contacting communities directly to provide more information and invite community designates to attend.

Share your thoughts with your regional fire and emergency management organizations and your community leadership so that they can represent your voice.

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

Communities want the IFMO 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 IFMO 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 IFMO 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.