Indigenous Fire Marshal Office

Community Engagement Sessions

The development of an Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO) is a project being undertaken by the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC) to support the development of community capacity for safer and healthy First Nations communities.

What is an engagement session?

The engagement sessions are one-day meetings where we bring together either regional experts (technical sessions) or community designates (community sessions). Engagement sessions involve sharing background information on the IFMO project and guided discussions on various themes.

This is an opportunity for community voices to be heard so share your thoughts with your regional fire and emergency management organizations and your community leadership.

Why are we doing engagement sessions?

Community engagement is essential for the successful development of the IFMO project. Engaging technical experts and community designates allows for the voices of the communities to be heard, helping to inform the way forward. This is an opportunity for communities to speak about their experiences, needs, and successes.

It is through engagement sessions that we received confirmation that there is a need for an Indigenous Fire Marshal Office. We learned that communities want the IFMO to: 

  • Be the experts
  • Meet local needs
  • Advocate for communities

Who should attend?

We are inviting designates from geographically diverse communities, regional political organizations, National Indigenous Organizations, self-government and treaty organizations to provide input on behalf of the people they serve.

Designates could be community elected or administrative leaders, elders, youth representatives and those in leadership roles that are able to represent the voice of their community or organization. For example; Chiefs, Councilors, Band Managers, community leaders, Regional Political Chiefs, Elders, Youth Representatives.

All designates are requested to come prepared to speak about the experiences, needs and successes of the communities they represent.

Community engagement is essential for the successful development of the Indigenous Fire Marshal Office.

There will be 13 one-day engagement sessions held this year:

October 17, 2019: Moncton, NB



October 17 Engagement Session: Moncton, NB
Time: October 17 @ 7:00 am – October 17 @ 4:30 pm

view the findings report

# PEOPLE REGISTERED

39

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

31

October 22, 2019: Quebec City, QC



October 22 Engagement Session: Quebec City, QC
Time: October 22 @ 7:00 am – October 22 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

30

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

24

October 24, 2019: Thunder Bay, ON



October 24 Engagement Session: Thunder Bay, ON
Time: October 24 @ 7:00 am – October 24 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

51

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

48

October 29, 2019: Winnipeg, MB



October 29 Engagement Session: Winnipeg, MB
Time: October 29 @ 7:00 am – October 29 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

53

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

46

November 5, 2019: Saskatoon, SK



November 5 Engagement Session: Saskatoon, SK
Time: November 5 @ 7:00 am – November 5 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

57

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

54

November 7, 2019: Edmonton, AB



November 7 Engagement Session: Edmonton, BC
Time: November 7 @ 7:00 am – November 7 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

43

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

42

November 19, 2019: Prince George, BC



November 19 Engagement Session: Prince George, BC
Time: November 19 @ 7:00 am – November 19 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

35

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

35

November 21, 2019: Nanaimo, BC



November 21 Engagement Session: Nanaimo, BC
Time: November 21 @ 7:00 am – November 21 @ 4:30 pm

COMING SOON

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# PEOPLE REGISTERED

24

# PEOPLE ATTENDED

17

Technical Sessions:

 

 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

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.