In 2019, the Emergency Management Working Group planned and completed its first pilot project, “Increasing Indigenous Inclusion in Incident Command System.” The project was led by Simpcw First Nation and included Incident Command System training sessions, Environmental Unit training and culminated in a Full-Scale Emergency Exercise with Trans Mountain Corporation in Valemount, BC on September 18 and 19.
The purpose of these mini-videos is to share the key take-aways from community members who participated in the pilot project in order to raise awareness of how Indigenous communities can participate in Incident Command System and emergency management and response on their lands and waters.
Bryce Tom Interview
“It’s important for Indigenous people to be involved in #EmergencyManagement, so that they have the knowledge to what is going on in their land[s].” Increasing Indigenous participation in emergency response is a priority for the #EMWG.
John Leonard Interview Final
“The reason why [emergency] management is important to the community is to bring it back to the people and expand on that.” Building capacity in communities downstream of the full-scale emergency exercise was a key goal for the pilot project.
Interview with community member - Melanie
Melanie discusses emergency management and Indigenous communities after a full-scale emergency response exercise in Valemount, BC in September 2019