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February 4, 2024
Calls for accountability, national Indigenous fire strategy after fatal house fire in Peawanuck
2 dead, 3 others remain in hospital as a result of the blaze, say police Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says the chronic lack of fire-firefighting, fire prevention, and emergency services in First Nations communities contribute to fatal fires. (Marc Doucette/CBC) CBC Indigenous: Police have confirmed two adults have died as a result of...
May 19, 2023
Inaugural First Nations First Responders Gathering held in Ottawa, First Nations Fire Protection Strategy updated
NationTalk: Indigenous Services Canada – The Assembly of First Nations hosted the three-day event in Ottawa to focus on advancing First Nations fire protection priorities An inaugural First Nations First Responders Gathering was held in Ottawa over the past three days. The event brought together Indigenous fire protection and emergency responder leadership to explore how...
May 4, 2023
Community support ‘overwhelming’ after fire destroys 8 homes on Sask. First Nation
Mosquito Grizzly Bear’s Head Lean Man First Nation band hall packed with donations CBC News: On April 24, Ameilia Young woke up to a loud sound at her home on Mosquito, Grizzly Bear’s Head, Lean Man First Nation, 125 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon. “The shingles from my roof were flapping or something,” she said. “I thought...
April 18, 2023
Open Letter to Governments and Ring of Fire Metals from Norman Shewaybick on the Demand for a Fire Truck and Fire Station in Webequie First Nation parallel to the Study on the Webequie Supply Road
NationTalk: I would like to start by saying I am writing in the capacity of a Webequie First Nation member, resident of the community and caretaker of my homelands which happen to be located in the area known as the Ring of Fire where high-grade critical minerals like nickel, copper, cobalt, chrome, platinum and palladium...
March 13, 2023
Shamattawa First Nation declares state of emergency
2nd Manitoba First Nation to declare a state of emergency in the past week CBC News: A First Nation in northern Manitoba, recently hit by a major fire that left several families without homes, has declared a state of emergency. Shamattawa First Nation Chief Jordna Hill has called a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Winnipeg....
February 27, 2023
3 people confirmed dead in Pikangikum First Nation house fire
Officials question how many more fires need to happen before long-term solutions put in place CBC News: Three people, including an eight-year-old child, have now been confirmed dead after a fire tore through a home in Pikangikum First Nation. The fire broke out in the Ojibway community in northwestern Ontario last Wednesday evening. Community officials said cold weather caused...
February 25, 2023
One dead, two unaccounted for after house fire in Pikangikum First Nation
The Globe and Mail: A remote northwestern Ontario First Nation lacked the facilities to extinguish a house fire that left one dead and two others missing, two local leaders said as they implored the federal government for help bolstering fire services. The CEO of the Independent First Nations Alliance, a group that represents five communities...
February 2, 2023
People from First Nations 10 times more likely to die in a fire, says Indigenous Fire Marshal
On Jan. 28, a 10-year-old girl from a remote Cree community died in a house fire CBC News: People in First Nations are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than people from other communities in Canada, according to the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service. On Saturday, Jan. 28, a 10-year-old girl from the...
January 31, 2023
10-year-old girl killed in fire in remote Cree northern Ontario community with no fire services
Peawanuck has bought a fire truck but it’s stuck in Winnipeg CBC News: A 10-year-old girl died in a house fire in the remote northern Ontario community of Peawanuck, Ont., which does not have access to fire services or basic firefighting equipment. Alison Linklater, grand chief of Mushkegowuk Council, said the small community is “in...
January 23, 2023
‘No partners willing’ to support fire codes on First Nations, Ottawa says
NationTalk: The federal government does not have a willing partner to find a way to introduce fire codes on First Nation reserves, a newly released document shows. The senior director for the Indigenous Fire Marshal Service, however, says there are steps Ottawa can take now to better protect communities. “Doing nothing is not an option,” said Blaine Wiggins. “Analyzing...
March 24, 2021
No national fire protection code that mandates fire safety standards or enforcement on reserves
“NationTalk – There is no national fire protection code that mandates fire safety standards or enforcement on reserves. All other jurisdictions in Canada including provinces, territories, and other federal jurisdictions (such as military bases, airports, and seaports) have established building and fire codes. The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada (AFAC), National Indigenous Fire Safety Council...
August 26, 2019
Budget 2019 invests in creation of Indigenous Fire Marshall Office
Government of Canada – Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced Budget 2019 funding of $9.97 million over three years, starting in 2019–2020, to support the creation of an Indigenous Fire Marshal Office (IFMO). The funding will support Indigenous partners in the next steps in establishing a new IFMO, including how the...
October 30, 2018
Indigenous leaders excluded from Regional Emergency Operations Centre dealing with Fort McMurray fires
Globe and Mail – Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre where officials from municipalities, the province and Ottawa determined what to do to address the Fort McMurray wildfires. Metis communities weren’t eligible at all. Governments failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities. Many houses damaged in the fire started off...
February 24, 2017
Government ignores request for Indigenous Fire Marshall and building code regulations
Toronto Star – “Fire and death in First Nations”. Not including funds for an Indigenous Fire Marshall and failure to enact building code regulations for home construction on First Nations reserves. Both were recommendations from the Aboriginal Firefighters Association after the high number of fire fatalities on First Nation reserves in the last year. A...
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