Our mission is to assist First Nations in developing and sustaining safer and healthier communities by providing the programs and services described in this website. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
The Fire Services Department assists BC First Nations communities to increase their overall level of fire protection. Statistics indicate that fire occurrence, incidents and deaths are substantial in First Nation communities. Adhering to our Vision to help develop-Safe and Healthy First Nation Communities, we strive to make an impact by reducing the negative statistics.
Forest Fuel Management
The Forest Fuel Management (FFM) Department works with First Nations communities, and provincial and federal governments, and agencies, to assist with wildfire prevention activities. Many BC First Nations are impacted by the threat and risk of loss to community structures and assets because of wildfires. FFM supports access to funding to communities though planning, education and implementation of wildfire threat reduction activities.
The First Nations Emergency Services Society (FNESS) works closely with First Nations communities, Emergency Management BC (EMBC), Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and various other stakeholders, to support the successful implementation of Emergency Management for First Nations communities in the Province of BC.
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Healing in pandemic times: Indigenous peoples, stigma, and COVID-19.January 14, 2021
Healing in pandemic times: Indigenous peoples, stigma, and COVID-19. Keeping the circle strong! A new video collaboration from Indigenous Health, Northern Health and the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health aims to address the ongoing stigmatization experienced by Indigenous Peoples in the health care system. Watch the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaLFPazqINM
COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #72 / January 11, 2021January 13, 2021
COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #72 / January 11, 2021 Click here to view COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #72
Community Emergency Preparedness FundJanuary 11, 2021
Community Emergency Preparedness Fund Applications are currently being accepted in this program. The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) is a suite of funding streams intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations and communities in responding to emergencies. Funding is provided by the Province of BC and is administered by UBCM. All local governments (municipalities and regional districts)...
Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship, featuring illustrations by Indigenous Artists.January 8, 2021
Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship, featuring illustrations by Indigenous Artists. Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship, features illustrations by Indigenous artists, such as this one by Andrew (Enpauuk) Dexel (Nlaka’pamux Nation). The image creates “awareness around respecting and minding ceremonial/traditional fires, making sure your ceremonial fire is taken care of, kept only where it needs to...