Happy New Year from Emergency Management Department

Big Bar Land Slide Support and Honoring Ceremony

First Nation Incident Command

  • Unified Command
  • First Nations, Province – FLNRO, Federal DFO & Canada Coast Guard
  • Began day with First Nation Protocols at ICP
  • First Nations technical call weekly
  • Provided visits to the incident for First Nations
  • Ceremony at incident
  • FNESS coordinated Pinks Fishery
  • December 14th Honoring Ceremony

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BC First Nations Emergency Management Laptop Project

During October and November, communities in attendance at the EMBC Partnership Tables were gifted with a laptop to assist with their Emergency Planning. This project was in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada.

Deliveries will take place in January and February, 2020, to remaining First Nation Communities.

Please contact Dianne Garner dgarner@fness.bc.ca to set up a time to receive your laptop.

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Picture of Southwest Region and Central Region First Nation Communities gifting of laptops  


Upcoming Events

Stó:lō Territory Spills Preparedness & Planning Initiative Jan 13 & 14th, 2020 Seabird Island Band

Stó:lō Tribal Council, Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain Expansion (IAMC-TMX), Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA) and Emergency Planning Secretariat.

The Stó: Territory Spills Preparedness & Planning Initiative is to build Indigenous capacity across Stó: Territory and build the understanding of Emergency Management (EM) specifically related to oil spills, and to identify a number of regionally distributed individuals and/or organizations who can play a leadership role in the Territory’s preparation and response to oil spill emergencies. This Spills Response Phase is anticipated to be the first Phase of a broader EM Planning Framework that will ultimately focus on increasing Indigenous inclusion in an All Hazards Emergency Preparedness across the territory and build community capacities and knowledge about EM Preparedness and Response.

 Indigenous Knowledge and Emergency Management Gathering 2019

Prince George – March 3 & 4, 2020, Traditional Territory of Lheidli T'enneh First Nation at the Uda dune Baiyoh - House of Ancestors Conference Centre

Planning Committee consisting of EMBC, UBC Emergency Program Coordinators, Lheidli T'enneh First Nation – Indigenous Knowledge Keeper

The Planning Committee has committed  to working collaboratively for First Nations, their institutions and their representative organizations and to be full partners in emergency management. All participants recognize that First Nations require infrastructure and enhanced capacity in order to advance the practice of emergency management in a manner that supports and reinforces their own governance, institutions and decision-making authority.

Building Resiliency Together - Inventory of Emergency Management Capabilities in Indigenous Communities

This project is an opportunity for Indigenous peoples to provide valuable insight and perspective into factors impacting emergency management in their communities. This data collection instrument was co-developed with input from national Indigenous leadership, Indigenous communities, Government of Canada, Provinces and Territories, Indigenous emergency management organizations and other emergency management partners. The project focuses on an all-hazards approach and will help guide how partners can collaboratively focus on the emergency management needs and priorities of Indigenous communities.