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COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #80 / May 5, 2021

May 7, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #80 / May 5, 2021 Click on the image to download the document.

Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Family Emergency Plan

May 7, 2021 — How to Make a Family Emergency Plan #EP Week2021 Use the “Get Prepared” website to make an Emergency Plan for your family and home. It will take you about 20 minutes to create a family emergency plan online, which you can then print out. Online Emergency Plan:  https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/plns/plan/mrgnc-pln-en.aspx To make your Family Emergency Plan you will need to know: Safe exits...

Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Emergency Preparedness Kits

May 6, 2021 — Emergency Preparedness Week 2021: Emergency Preparedness Kits #EPWeek2021 In an emergency, it is important to have some supplies in case you need to get by without power or running water. Most emergency organizations recommend that you are prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Having an emergency preparedness (EP) kit ready to go, means that you do not...

May 2021 Safety Tips

May 4, 2021 — May Safety Tips: Household Flammables - Batteries and Medical Oxygen There are many household materials that are potential fire hazards. Batteries and medical oxygen are examples of common household items that have the potential to cause or exacerbate a fire. Lithium-ion batteries supply power to many kinds of devices, including smartphones, laptops, scooters, e-cigarettes, smoke alarms and toys. These batteries should...

2021 FNESS Indigenous Firefighter Virtual Competition

May 3, 2021 — FNESS is excited to announce open registration for the 2021 FNESS Indigenous Firefighter Virtual Competition!  The FNESS 2021 Indigenous Firefighter competition will be held as a virtual event. The event is open to all First Nations’ Fire Departments in BC. Teams must follow the rules and requirements as outlined in the Firefighter Competition book.  The virtual event requires teams to...

Welcome to Emergency Preparedness Week!

May 3, 2021 — Welcome to Emergency Preparedness Week! #EPWeek2021 Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event supported by Public Safety Canada. FNESS supports Emergency Preparedness Week and encourages Indigenous communities in British Columbia to participate. Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week 2021 is May 2 - 8, 2021. FNESS will be sharing resources, safety information, and safety tips throughout the week. Please share...

Reminder to Participate in Survey: Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada

May 3, 2021 — Reminder to Participate in Survey: This survey is open until May 31, 2021. For completing this survey, you are eligible to enter into a prize draw - includes an early bird prize draw for responses received by April 30, 2021. Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada Greetings, In Canada, the voices of Indigenous wildland firefighters...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #79 / April 21, 2021

April 21, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #79 / April 21, 2021

FNESS Strategic Plan 2021-2024

April 13, 2021 — FNESS Strategic Plan 2021-2024 (5.02 MB)

FNESS Spring 2021 Message

April 13, 2021 — We are excited to share our FNESS Spring 2021 Message with you. Please enjoy!   

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #78 / April 8, 2021

April 9, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #78 / April 8, 2021 Link to ISC BC Region COVID-19 Update #78 April 8 2021 (636 KB)

FNESS Quarterly Responder - March 2021 Newsletter

March 31, 2021 — FNESS Quarterly Responder - March 2021 Click on this link to view the latest newsletter. FNESS Quarterly Responder - March 2021

FireSmart BC welcomes new mascot Ember the FireSmart Fox

March 31, 2021 — FireSmart BC welcomes new mascot Ember the FireSmart Fox   March 31, 2021 (Victoria, B.C.) – FireSmart, the national program committed to helping Canadians reduce their wildfire risk, is pleased to introduce Ember the FireSmart Fox as its new national mascot. The fox mascot was named after holding a contest that received over 500 submissions from across the country. Arlene S....

First Nations Well Being Fund 2021 - Applications now open!

March 26, 2021 — Applications for the First Nations Well Being Fund are now open! The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS), which is an initiative of the First Nations Summit. There are two streams of funding. Stream 1 provides up to $35,000 dollars and Stream 2 provides up to...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #77 / March 24, 2021

March 25, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #77 / March 24, 2021 Link to COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #77 / March 24, 2021 (972 KB)

March Safety Tips: Fire Extinguishers and Small Fires

March 22, 2021 — March Safety Tips: Fire Extinguishers and Small Fires Fire Extinguishers are only one element of a fire response plan. Fire extinguishers can be useful to contain small fires, but should not be the only form of fire protection in your home. FNESS recommends using a variety of home fire prevention equipment such as: smoke alarms, CO alarms, sprinklers and a...

2021 FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund - Deadline March 19, 2021.

March 15, 2021 — 2021 FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund Deadline to apply March 19, 2021. The intent of the FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund is to support immediate job creation in order to build local wildfire resiliency and assist communities in recovering from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Link to the Program and Application Guide, and the application form 2021 FireSmart Economic Recovery Fund For more...

Spring Safety Tips: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

March 15, 2021 — Spring Safety Tips: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms save lives. Properly maintained and installed smoke/CO alarms play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. During a fire, smoke can spread quickly and smoke alarms give you time to get out of the building safely. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that...

Want a chance to win an iPad?

March 9, 2021 — Want to win an iPad? Of course you do! Become a member or renew your membership by March 31, 2021 for a chance to win. It’s that easy. There are three types of members: General: A person who is 18 years of age or older, is a member of a First Nation or of a First Nations emergency services entity, or...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #76 / March 5, 2021

March 8, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #76 / March 5, 2021 Link to ISC BC Region COVID-19 Update #76 Mar 5 2021 (569 KB)

Community Emergency First Aid Training

February 24, 2021 — Community Emergency First Aid Training FNESS is proud to announce a new community first aid training program! The FNESS Community Emergency First Aid Training Program will officially begin March 1st, 2021. To apply for this training opportunity, please complete the WUFOO form linked here: https://fness19.wufoo.com/forms/m1yxk1w209ay53o/ The intent of this course is to train community members in basic first aid, CPR...

Recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood - Shuswap Indian Band

February 22, 2021 — Recognized FireSmart Neighbourhood - Shuswap Indian Band Watch this fantastic video about the Shuswap Indian Band and their achievement in becoming a FireSmart Recognized Neighbourhood.

Training for BC Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Support - FREE On-line Workshops

February 12, 2021 — Training for BC Farm & Ranch Wildfire Preparedness Support - FREE On-line Workshops You are invited to attend a FREE online workshop aimed at orienting individuals to the resources available to support agriculture operations with wildfire preparedness.  You will learn about the distinct challenges farms and ranches face before, during and after wildfires.  The workshop is aimed at: Wildland fire...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #75 / February 9, 2021

February 10, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #75 / February 9, 2021 Link to COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #75 / February 9, 2021  

Burn Awareness Week - Feb. 7-13, 2021

February 9, 2021 — Burn Awareness Week - Feb. 7-13, 2021 Burn Awareness Week is February 7-13, 2021 and FNESS is a proud supporter!  The theme this year is Electrical Safety from Amps to Zap (A to Z)!  While electricity is often taken for granted, caution and safety need to be kept in mind.  Take some time this week to learn about electrical safety, burn...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #74 / January 26, 2021

February 1, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #74 / January 26, 2021 Link to COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION - UPDATE #74 / January 26, 2021.

January Safety Tips: Indoor Heating and Smoking

January 28, 2021 — January Safety Tips: Indoor Heating and Smoking Did you know that half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February?  Staying warm during the winter is essential, but it is also important to remember important heating and smoking safety tips.  Following these simple safety tips can help prevent fire related injury or death caused by house fires....

Release of Cities Adapt to Extreme Wildfires

January 20, 2021 — Release of Cities Adapt to Extreme Wildfires The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction has released the Cities Adapt to Extreme Wildfires report.  Included in the report is Shackan Indian Band and Xwisten First Nation Re-instating Cultural Burning Practices by Esther Lambert.  Link to Cities Adapt to Extreme Wildfires (19.6 MB) "Research by the Institute, like this report, is organized around the...

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #73 / January 15, 2021

January 18, 2021 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #73 / January 15, 2021 This issue is a special update to coincide with the release of a third round of funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF). Link to COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #73 (339 KB)

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, 2021

January 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 Fund

January 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...

FNESS 2020 Year End Message

December 22, 2020 — FNESS 2020 Year End Message 2020 has been a challenging year.  Now more than ever we need to work together and help each other to keep our communities safe.  Wishing everyone a safe, healthy holiday season!  We hope you enjoy our video.  

COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #71 / December 18, 2020

December 21, 2020 — COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM ISC BC REGION UPDATE #71 / December 18, 2020 Link to View Update

Exciting Employment Opportunity at FNESS

December 21, 2020 — Exciting Employment Opportunity at FNESS Are you looking for dynamic, challenging and exciting employment?  We are currently inviting resumes for Casual - On Call staff in the Emergency Services Department.  The position is responsible for supporting the Emergency Services Manager in the development, coordination, promotion, administration and delivery of the FNESS Fire and Emergency Management programs to First Nation Communities. ...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 18, 2020 — Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

New Partnership between First Nations Forestry Council and BC Wildfire Service

December 16, 2020 — New Partnership between First Nations Forestry Council and BC Wildfire Service (December 15, 2020) VANCOUVER, BC – The BC First Nations Forestry Council (the ‘Forestry Council’) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the BC Wildfire Service through the Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program. The Indigenous Forestry Scholarship Program (IFSP) offers Indigenous youth training and employment opportunities in the forest sector and...

2020-2021 Wildfire Prevention - Mitigation Funding Notice

December 14, 2020 — 2020-2021 Wildfire Prevention - Mitigation Funding Notice.  FNESS - ISC On-Reserve Operational Fuel Treatment Program - Wildland Fire Fighting Training, Equipment, Materials and Supplies.  FNESS is accepting applications supporting Wildland Fire Fighting crew development up to a maximum of $25,000.00.  Application deadline is Friday, January 15, 2021 at 4:00 pm.  The initiative supports First Nations communities who demonstrate completion of...

STORM/NATURAL DISASTER SAFETY TIPS

December 11, 2020 — STORM/NATURAL DISASTER SAFETY TIPS Natural disasters can have a devastating effect on you and your home. Use the following safety tips to help protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a summer storm. You can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a fire casualty by being able to identify potential hazards...

BLAZING THE TRAIL: CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS FIRE STEWARDSHIP

December 11, 2020 — BLAZING THE TRAIL: CELEBRATING INDIGENOUS FIRE STEWARDSHIP  Dec. 1, 2020FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FireSmart Canada is pleased to release Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship, a beautiful, bound publication that recognizes the contributions to wildfire prevention of Indigenous com- munities in Canada. The glossy, 56-page book is the culmination of a FireSmart Canada partnership with Natural Resources Canada and Alberta...