Emergency Management Assistance Program: Funded projects 2017-2018

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) funds Indigenous communities, organizations and other stakeholders for emergency protection and prevention projects. The results of the projects reflect the innovation, expertise and Indigenous knowledge of First Nations in a range of initiatives aimed at building community resilience against emergency events.

Nearly $10 million was invested 2017-2018 for the First Nation emergency management projects shown here.

To learn more about any of the communities mentioned, visit First Nation profiles.


National projects

Assembly of First Nations (AFN)

The AFN provided support, advocacy and helped to facilitate emergency management activities within their representative regions and communities. The AFN also facilitated the participation of Indigenous community representation at the 2017 Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium in Halifax.

Investment amount: $265,000

Justice Institute of British Columbia

The Justice Institute of British Columbia hosted five training workshops to train facilitators on building disaster resilience in Canadian First Nations. Using the Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning Guide process (developed through previous ISC funding), participants learned how to engage their communities to develop Action Plans that increase community ability to deal with risks and disasters.

Investment amount: $389,557

"Preparing our Home" youth engagement project

Developed by Ursus Resilient Strategies Inc., "Preparing our Home" is a community-based resilience planning program for Indigenous youth that enables them to reach their potential in becoming emergency preparedness leaders in their communities.

Investment amount: $95,000

Save the Children Canada

Save the Children Canada partnered with four First Nations to train and certify community members though the Emergency Preparedness for First Nations Children and Families Phase II project.

The project shows how to protect the health and safety of First Nations children during times of crisis, disaster and emergencies. Trainees received key employment skills through the certification process.

Participating First Nations:

  • Red Sucker Lake First Nation
  • Island Lake First Nation
  • St. Theresa Point First Nation
  • Wasagamack First Nation

Investment amount: $207,994

Wilfrid Laurier University

The university created a training package to support displaced Indigenous people and build capacity for Indigenous communities to host those displaced. The university also expanded the video series From Displacement to Hope, featuring interviews with First Nations residents displaced by disasters. As well, Wilfrid Laurier provided print copies of two guidebooks, "Mutual Aid and Service Agreements: Wise Practices from First Nations Communities" and "From Displacement to Hope: A Guide for Displaced Indigenous Communities and Host Communities" for Indigenous communities and Indigenous Services Canada's regional offices.

Investment amount: $110,817.

Atlantic Canada projects

Acadia First Nation, Nova Scotia

Conducted a hazard risk vulnerability assessment that incorporated the community's cultural values and traditional knowledge.

Investment amount: $114,500

Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick

Training for community members in basic emergency management and incident command systems.

Investment amount: $11,913

Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia

Developed a business continuity plan to ensure all critical programs and services would be operational during and immediately after an emergency event.

Investment amount: $12,200

Quebec projects

ISC Quebec regional office

Organized a regional symposium in Québec City in May 2017 and conducted emergency management training and exercises in French and English for all 37 First Nations in French and English.

Investment amount: $439,697

Les Atikamekw de Manawan

The First Nation updated and held an exercise of their community's emergency management plan.

Investment amount: $8,500

Canadian Red Cross

Prepared 12 evacuation boxes and training tools created to be available to all First Nation communities.

Investment amount: $22,000

Conseil des Atikamekw de Wemotaci

The council held a risk assessment study, training sessions and exercises.

Investment amount: $22,500

Conseil des Innus de Pakua Shipu

With support from Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy (Web site not available in English), the council updated and held an exercise of their emergency management plan and updated their community's telecommunications system with an automated early warning system.

Investment amount: $16,995

Conseil de la Première Nation Abitibiwinni

In collaboration with the Pikogan Emergency Management Committee, the council updated their emergency management plan and guide and also held simulation for emergency management.

Investment amount: $15,000

Montagnais de Unamen Shipu

The First Nation updated and held an exercise of their all-hazard emergency management plan.

Investment amount: $38,715

Ontario projects

Mattagami First Nation

The First Nation engaged their community at all levels and tested its emergency response plan to ensure emergency response is timely, safe and done correctly.

Investment amount: $33,943

Mushkegowuk Council

  • Feasibility study for a culturally appropriate evacuation camp to serve their communities, some of which are forced to evacuate yearly due to flooding hazards.
  • Sent James Bay emergency management coordinators to the Flood and Fire Symposium hosted by the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.

Investment amount: $215,000

Ontario First Nations: Emergency Preparation, Mitigation and Recovery

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation provides emergency preparedness and response courses available to all First Nations in the Ontario region. In 2017-2018, the corporation conducted emergency management review sessions, introductory emergency recovery sessions and discussion-based emergency management exercises, and continued to build and maintain relationships with First Nations throughout Ontario.

Investment amount: $1,200,000

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

The ministry trained First Nation community members as fire suppression crews, so that they can provide fire prevention services to their communities and implement the FireSmart Communities Program. Trained staff can also assist during times of evacuations and escalated wildfire situations.

Investment amount: $909,388

Six Nations of the Grand River

The First Nation hosted a workshop to develop their community's Hazard Risk Assessment and Community Resiliency Profile. Information from the workshop was used to update the community's emergency response plan and hold a response exercise.

Investment amount: $98,003

Manitoba projects

Emergency Operations Command Centre: Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council worked to complete the third phase of their council's Emergency Operations Command Centre that serves the First Nation communities of Dauphin River, Kinionjeoshtegon, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, Peguis, and Pinaymootang.

The command centre has held numerous training sessions and collaborated with the province and neighbouring communities to enhance their six First Nation community members' emergency management preparedness capabilities.

Investment amount: $524,508

Manitoba Flood Preparedness Forum

Organized by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, this forum from February 28 to March 1, 2018 brought together all First Nations in Manitoba routinely affected by flooding. Participants discussed strategies and exchanged knowledge related to flood outlook, services, tools and templates, etc., in order to increase awareness and capacity around flood preparation, response and recovery.

Investment amount: $106,700

Saskatchewan projects

Wildfire management

Through a partnership between the Prince Albert Grand Council and FireSmart Canada, First Nation Council members received training in thinning high hazard forest areas and grassland vegetation. These activities build capacity within communities to safely plan and initiate prescribed burn programs to manage wildfire risk and reduce the intensity and spread of wildfires.

Investment amount: $1,723,180

Emergency planning and mitigation training

The Prince Albert Grand Council provided an intensive planning and training program to First Nation community leadership and emergency officials. The training enables Saskatchewan First Nation community leaders to cooperate and collaborate with outside resources such as provincial emergency management fire services and emergency social services.

Investment amount: $721,930

9th Annual Emergency Management Forum

First Nation and tribal council emergency planning officials came together from February 27 to March 1, 2018 to improve their emergency management skills in order to protect their communities. Forum topics included:

  • flooding
  • wildland fire
  • FireSmart
  • Jordan's Principle during emergency events
  • emergency management
  • climate change impacts
  • mental wellness
  • safety and wellbeing
  • active shooter preparedness

Investment amount: $140,158

Alberta projects

The Alberta Bow River Basin Flood Hazard Assessment Project

Now in its third year, this project was co-funded with First Nation Adapt and through the Province of Alberta for the Lower Bow River Basin Flood Hazard Assessment Project. Within the river basin is the Siksika Nation which was affected by the 2013 southern Alberta floods. This mitigation project assesses and maps the flooding hazard and supports the Siksika Nation with emergency and community development processes.

Investment amount: $87,975

British Columbia projects

Non-structural Mitigation

Non-structural mitigation projects included: tsunami preparedness training/equipment installation, risk assessments, FireSmart, and evacuation preparedness were held in the following eight First Nations and for the First Nations Emergency Services Society:

  • Ehattesaht First Nation
  • Haisla First Nation
  • Kitasoo First Nation
  • Namgi First Nation
  • Seton Lake First Nation
  • Ahousaht First Nation
  • Kwakiutl First Nation
  • Heiltsuk First Nation

Investment amount: $1,251,656

Emergency preparedness projects

36 First Nations across British Columbia received emergency preparedness and telecommunications training, as well as training in setting up emergency operations centres, hazard identification, risk assessments, creating and updating emergency plans, fuel reduction programs, and performance of evacuation drills.

Investment amount: $978,696

Yukon projects

Daylu Dena Council: Emergency Operations Centre training

The council updated their Emergency Operations Centre training and held two tabletop exercises to practice their knowledge and skills. Following their training, the council upgraded their communications system to be compatible with the provincial system during emergencies.

Investment amount: $56,748

Dease River First Nation: Emergency backup communication system

This British Columbia First Nation that falls under ISC's Yukon region acquired an emergency backup communication system. This allows the community to integrate with Emergency Management BC regional offices along with hospitals and the Yukon Emergency Management Office in Whitehorse.

Investment amount: $16,493

Taku River Tlingit First Nation: Emergency operations centre training

This British Columbia First Nation that falls under ISC's Yukon region updated their Emergency Operations Centre training and held two tabletop exercises to practice their knowledge and skills. Following the training, the First Nation upgraded their communications system to be compatible with the provincial system during emergencies.

Investment amount: $56,528

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