We continue to invite Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) wildland firefighters and other wildland fire operations staff (including support personnel) to participate in this noteworthy endeavour.

Participation is completely voluntary, and all individual results are kept in the strictest of confidence. All data will be combined into a single source, with no identifying information. Your privacy is important to us!

If you completed the survey—thank you—and know that you are assisting individuals currently working in the field and the next generation. We hope that this much needed data will help improve the experiences for Indigenous wildland firefighters and fire operations staff.

If you started the survey and hit the “save and continue” button, we invite you to resume responding to the survey through your original link or through the email sent to yourself when you paused. Clicking on the link will take you back to where you left off. Friendly reminder to click on the “Submit” button located on the last page of the survey, as the survey will not do this for you automatically.

If you have not yet participated in the survey, please bear in mind that it will take approximately 30 - 45 minutes to complete the survey depending on the number of questions answered on cultural safety and occupational health and safety. There are four additional sections, each with an estimated time listed in the section, the shortest being 3-5 minutes, the longest being an additional 20 minutes. You can respond to as many of our questions as you are comfortable addressing.

There is a draw for a prize for those who complete the survey by May 31st. Details are available at the end of the survey. Participation in this draw is also voluntary.

Also, it is not too late to forward the online survey link to your friends, peers, and colleagues who self-identify as Indigenous and have been engaged in wildland fire suppression for at least one fire season in Canada. If you have already done so—thank you very much! The more voices we can gather, the more impactful the results of our study will be. It is our hope that we can provide a strong snapshot of the experiences of Indigenous peoples in the wildland fire related professions. We can’t do that adequately without representation from individuals directly involved.

Here is the link to take you to the survey:

Note: The survey is optimized for viewing on a laptop or desktop computer; however, it can also be completed on a smartphone or tablet.

Got a story to share? Registration to participate in our confidential virtual sharing circle/fireside chat closes on May 31st. The final virtual circle session will be held in early June 2021. If you are interested, please contact us at the email address given below using the subject line: PHASE TWO or text or call: 403-807-9799, if you don’t have email access.


Natasha Caverley (PhD, CCC) and Kathy Offet-Gartner (PhD, R.Psych)                                                                    Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc.                                                                                                                         

Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada