Survey - Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada

Greetings,

In Canada, the voices of Indigenous wildland firefighters and other wildland fire operations staff  (including support personnel) need to be heard, valued, and recognized.

For decades, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) firefighters and fire operations staff in Canada have been engaged in wildland fire suppression activities, formally and informally.

Are you an individual who self-identifies as Indigenous and has worked in firefighting and/or fire operations for at least one fire season in Canada? Would you like to have a say in the state of occupational health and safety (including cultural safety) for Indigenous wildland fire personnel across Canada? Then, this online survey is just for you! Funded by Natural Resources Canada, the Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada project is being conducted by Natasha Caverley (PhD, CCC) and Kathy Offet-Gartner (PhD, RPsych) – both from Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc. along with a team of subject matter experts.

Topics explored in this online survey are cultural safety and occupational health and safety as it relates to wildland firefighters and fire operations staff. You are also invited to complete optional sets of questions dealing with job satisfaction, work-related experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, work-related illnesses/injuries, and general health. We estimate that the main section of the survey will take between 30 – 45 minutes to complete depending on the number of questions answered. You may use the “save and continue” feature when responding to this survey. 

Privacy is of the utmost importance to us. This is one way to share experiences without any fear of reprisal, punishment or discrimination. Your participation is completely voluntary as responses are confidential and cannot be used in any way that identifies you. You can respond to as many of our questions as you are comfortable to share with us. You set the pace.

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.

Storytelling is a way that individuals share and make sense of their lived experiences. In this respect we are interested in hearing the stories of individuals who self-identify as Indigenous who have experiences working in wildland firefighting and/or wildland fire operations. As such, we are inviting up to 16 individuals to join us for confidential virtual sharing circles in the spring of 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 do not have access to email.

Ready to proceed to the online survey, click here:

https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/f/s.aspx?s=63eee076-0180-4f3c-8cdc-dd10a7c18f0c&ds=0u9U1mAiJH

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

To help gather as many Indigenous voices as possible, we invite you to post and/or forward our 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. Your help is greatly appreciated. We are inviting as many Indigenous voices as possible to share their stories and experiences about wildland fire suppression in Canada. Therefore, apologies in advance for any cross-postings of our project announcement.

Thanks-Merci-Meegwetch-Hych’ka-Nitsíniiyi'taki,

Natasha Caverley (PhD, CCC) and Kathy Offet-Gartner (RPsych, PhD)

Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc.

Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada 

E-mail: indigenouswffoshproject@gmail.com

Link to poster Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada (466 KB)

Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada