The IAMC-TMX has identified emergency management as one of their key priorities.
In March 2018 the Emergency Management (EM) Working Group was formed. Their priority is to 1. Identify opportunities for greater Indigenous inclusion in EM, 2. Improve Indigenous communities emergency preparedness with an all hazards approach, 3. Inform the IAMC-TMX on issues related to EM, and 4. Inform policy development.
Completed Pilot Projects
Increasing Participation in Incident Command Systems (ICS)
The goal of this Pilot Project was to increase Indigenous communities’ involvement in Incident Command System (ICS) through participation in a full-scale Emergency Response exercise held in September 2019 on Simpcw Territory. The pilot project involved two Incident Command System training sessions (ICS 100) and one Environment Unit training session. Topics of discussion included basic principles and features of ICS, roles and functions, facilities, personnel accountability, and when to use ICS. For those who did attend, the ICS training was well received. 35% of invited communities participated in the full-scale exercise – a 5% increase from typical attendance.
Regional Spills Planning and Preparedness Initiative in Stó:lō Territory
The purpose of this project was to build Indigenous capacity across Stó:lō territory in emergency management, specifically on spills response. The 2-day workshop in January 2020 was attended by representatives of several communities, local fire and police forces, and several organizations including First Nations Emergency Services Society, Emergency Management BC, Indigenous Services Canada, and Trans Mountain. Learning sessions included an overview of the emergency management landscape in the area including ways communities could access funding for EM projects and table top exercises to improve EM response knowledge.
“Anyone that has been with us here, to the territory, need to understand when there is any incident here we have good leaders and keepers.”
— IAMC Member discussing the full-scale exercise
Chair of the Emergency Management Working Group
Tina Donald is from the community of Chu Chua, or Simpcw First Nation. In addition to raising her family there, she has spent 22 years serving her community as a council member.
Since 1994, Tina has been a First Responder for her community. She has been involved in Emergency Management in Simpcw since October 1997. After the 2003 fires, she took on the lead role, coordinated emergency operations centre training for staff and she became the Incident Commander during emergencies.
Tina’s experience in fisheries has led her to manage the Dunn Creek Hatchery and coordinate stewardship and education programs for school groups K-12th grade. She also organizes youth fishing trips in the Simpcw territory.
Tina represents the Simpcw Council on a variety of board and committee positions and organizes many other community events. She brings her wealth of experience in emergency management, fisheries and education to her role as Chair of the Emergency Management Subcommittee.