Emergency Management Assistance Program: Funded projects 2018 to 2019

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) funds First Nations communities, organizations and other partners 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.

From 2018 to 2019, $9.6 million was invested towards First Nations emergency management projects, which are listed below.

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

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National projects

Assembly of First Nations

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) provided support and advocacy for emergency management activities within their representative regions and communities. The AFN also facilitated the participation of Indigenous community representation at the 2018 Canadian Risk and Hazard Network Conference in Vancouver.

Investment amount: $275,000

"Preparing our Home" youth engagement for emergency preparedness

Developed by Ursus Resilient Strategies Incorporated, Preparing our Home is a community-based resilience planning program for Indigenous youth. The program enables Indigenous youth to reach their potential in becoming emergency preparedness leaders in their communities. In total, 77 youth from across Canada took part in programming.

Investment amount: $133,050

Atlantic Canada projects

Acadia First Nation, Nova Scotia

Acadia developed an emergency management program that provides their 5 reserve communities with emergency management services in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The program incorporates Traditional Knowledge, governance, community participation and partnerships. A flood mapping study was also started in fiscal year 2018 to 2019.

Invested amount: $161,165

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Nova Scotia

Emergency management training, all-hazard risk assessments and emergency management plans were developed for Annapolis Valley, Bear River, Glooscap First Nation, Millbrook, Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation, Pictou Landing and Sipekne'katik.

Invested amount: $197,759

Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq, Nova Scotia

Chief and council of the Mi'kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia participated in the Mi'kmaq Safety Culture Seminar to generate a safety awareness culture, discuss safety and emergency management within Mi'kmaw communities.

Invested amount: $9,985

Eskasoni First Nation, Nova Scotia

Eskasoni First Nation organized emergency management training and planning to ensure capacity to continue essential operations with a defined command structure during and immediately after an emergency event.

Invested amount: $9,504

Abegweit First Nation, Prince Edward Island

Developed and provided emergency management training and planning.

Invested amount: $22,500

The Mi'kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI)

MCPEI engaged with its communities and members to receive feedback and recommendations on the inclusion of First Nations as full and equal partners in the broader emergency management protocols with the province, third-party partners and ISC.

Invested amount: $62,216

Miawpukek First Nation, Newfoundland and Labrador

The community developed a comprehensive all-hazard emergency management and evacuation plan.

Invested amount: $28,380

Elsipogtog First Nation, New Brunswick

The community organized emergency management training and updated their emergency management plan, including by providing community preparedness workshops.

Invested amount: $45,000

Quebec projects

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Two seminars on Risk Management and Emergency Preparedness (GRPU) for one cohort in French and one cohort in English, 15 to 30 participants each , developing local major risk assessment sheets and pedagogical and practical tools.

Investment amount: $79,550

Croix-Rouge canadienne

Working collaboratively with First Nations communities as part of a process that integrates partner training, preparedness and awareness of individuals and families and the identification of community-wide disaster vulnerabilities. The project framework exceeds that of the civil security training to focus on the development of safe environments.

Investment amount: $257,965

Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy

Two training courses on Emergency Operations Centre and Incident Command System (1SC100, 1SC200) in both English and French, as well as several table-top exercises and one large-scale exercise for First Nations.

Investment amount: $61,857

Mohawks of Kanesatake

The community organized emergency management training, plan development and table-top exercises, as well as community emergency management awareness activities.

Investment amount: $86,515

Listuguj First Nation

The community performed a risk assessment and updated their emergency management plan.

Investment amount: $64,662

Montagnais de Unamen Shipu

Training courses on Emergency Operations Centre and Incident Command System (1SC100) for 15 to 20 community members, including emergency management table top exercises.

Investment amount: $47,142

Communauté Anicinape de Kitcisakik

Emergency Management planning, training, table-top and large-scale exercises in community.

Investment amount: $80,318.00

Ontario projects

Chiefs of Ontario

Chiefs of Ontario engaged with its communities and members to receive feedback and recommendations on the inclusion of First Nations as full and equal partners in the broader emergency management protocols with the province, third-party partners and ISC.

Investment amount: $266,200

Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation provides emergency preparedness and response courses available to all First Nations in the Ontario region. In fiscal year 2018 to 2019, 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: $1,000,000

Mattagami First Nation

The First Nation engaged their community at all levels and tested its emergency response plan. Community representatives participated in the Canadian Risk and Hazard Network Conference in Vancouver to present on their comprehensive emergency management program.

Investment amount: $48,093

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry trained wildfire fighters in partnership with these First Nations communities:

  • Grassy Narrows
  • Kasabonika Lake
  • Lac des Mille Lacs
  • North Caribou Lake
  • North Spirit Lake
  • Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
  • Poplar Hill
  • Slate Falls
  • Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation
  • Webequie First Nation

Investment amount: $374,500

Mushkegowuk Council

Funding to support an emergency management coordinator for the James Bay Coast First Nations of Kashechewan, Moose Cree, Attawapiskat and Albany.

Investment amount: $100,000

Manitoba projects

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) hosted a fire forum in April 2018 and a flood forum in February 2019. The AMC is also conducting community engagement to establish a baseline of emergency management capabilities and gaps on reserve and for feedback and recommendations on the inclusion of First Nations as full and equal partners in the broader emergency management protocols with the province, third-party partners and ISC.

Investment amount: $424,530

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

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

Numerous training sessions were held with the 6 communities to enhance their emergency management preparedness capabilities.

Investment amount: $560,818

Fisher River

Fisher River First Nation conducted FireSmart activities to better protect the community against wildfire risks.

Investment amount: $222,750

Saskatchewan Projects

Prince Albert Grand Council, FireSmart Canada, Province of Saskatchewan

Through a partnership between the Prince Albert Grand Council, FireSmart Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan, First Nations receive education and training in the FireSmart disciplines, which include fuel management, vegetation management, fire prevention, and emergency management. 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: $1,187,900

Red Earth Cree Nation

The Red Earth Cree Nation conducted flood plain mapping of the Rice and Carrot River to assist in planning to reduce impact of flooding on the community.

Investment amount: $28,500

Annual Emergency Management Forum

All Saskatchewan First Nations and tribal councils are invited to the annual Emergency Management Forum to gather information toward developing emergency management all-hazard plans, to share community experiences and best practices and to network and develop relationships and partnerships toward enhancing community capacity and resiliency.

Investment amount: $156,775

First Nations preparedness projects

Sixteen First Nations communities across Saskatchewan received funding to enhance their emergency preparedness capabilities and capacity through training, plan development and exercises. As well, 6 tribal councils received funding to enhance their emergency management capacity to evaluate existing emergency management abilities and needs in their member First Nations. The councils provided support to 48 First Nations to develop and update community emergency all-hazard plans, risk assessments, coordinated emergency management training and response and recovery support in times of emergency events at the community level.

  • Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation
  • Pasqua First Nation
  • Wahpeton Dakota Nation
  • Onion Lake Cree Nation
  • Lac La Ronge Indian Band
  • White Bear First Nation
  • Montreal Lake Cree Nation
  • Muskeg Lake First Nation
  • Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation
  • Cowessess First Nation
  • Fishing Lake First Nation
  • Star Blanket Cree Nation
  • Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation
  • Mistawasis First Nation
  • Moosomin First Nation
  • Red Earth Cree Nation
  • Saskatoon Tribal Council
  • File Hills Qu'Appelle Tribal Council
  • Meadow Lake Tribal Council
  • Prince Albert Grand Council
  • Yorkton Tribal Council
  • Agency Chiefs Tribal Council

Investment amount: $1,439,632

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations conducted community engagement on the inclusion of First Nations as full and equal partners in the broader emergency management protocols and response support in conjunction with the province, third-party partners and ISC.

Investment amount: $271,170

Alberta projects

Tsuut'ina Nation

The Tsuut'ina Nation trained 20 community members responsible for emergency management in critical incident stress management training.

Investment amount: $20,000

British Columbia projects

First Nations Emergency Services Society

The First Nations Emergency Services Society provided wildfire training and fuel management such as vegetation clearing to British Columbia First Nations.

Investment amount: $320,320

Non-structural mitigation

Training sessions were held for projects such as tsunami preparedness training and equipment installation, risk assessments, FireSmart and evacuation preparedness. The training happened with the First Nations Emergency Services Society and in the following First Nations:

  • Dzawada'enuxwKwakiutl
  • Namgis
  • Nuchatlaht
  • Skidegate
  • Stz'uminus
  • Tla-o-qui-aht n

Investment amount: $909,679

Emergency preparedness projects

Forty-three First Nations across British Columbia received emergency preparedness training as well as training in setting up emergency operations centres, hazard identification, risk assessments, creating and updating emergency plans and performance of evacuation drills.

Investment amount: $831,271

Yukon projects

Liard First Nation

Review and update of emergency management plan, a hazard, risk and vulnerability assessment and wildfire table-top exercise.

Investment amount: $25,713

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