ISC BC Region Updates – August 2023

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The ISC BC Region Update is published by Indigenous Services Canada on approximately a bi-monthly basis. It is intended to provide First Nation leadership and administrations with timely information that focuses on funding announcements, program and service changes, as well as relevant initiatives from other federal departments, the provincial government and community partners. We welcome your feedback at the link at the bottom of this page.

Emergency events have a significant impact on communities. This special edition of the ISC BC Region Update provides important information about how to prepare and what to do in an emergency to ensure the health and safety of your community members and the protection of your critical infrastructure.

Key Contacts In Emergency Situations

Indigenous Services Canada works in partnership with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness (EMCR), the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society (FNESS), and the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) to support First Nations through emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery in the event of a wildfire, drought or flood. In the event of an emergency this summer, the partners above will work in collaboration to ensure that First Nations in BC have the support needed.

Please see the attached Response Pathways document to learn how the partners are working together in emergency management situations.

Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness

For emergency response support due to a wildfire, spring freshet, flooding or other emergency event, your first point of contact is EMCR at 1-800-663-3456. This connects to EMCR’s 24/7 Emergency Coordination Centre. You can also contact your regional EMCR office for information and updates on emergency events including evacuation alerts and orders.

During evacuations, community members are supported through the provincial Emergency Support Services (ESS) program. ESS provides short-term basic support to people impacted by disasters.

Indigenous Services Canada

For information regarding ISCs’ emergency management programs or funding supports, please contact the regional Emergency Management team at bcaandc.do@sac-isc.gc.ca or call 1-604-209-9709.

For information regarding ISC’s community infrastructure programs and funding supports, to prepare your community’s water infrastructure for drought, please contact your Community Management Officer (CMO) or ISC’s Capital inbox at projetsdimmobilisationscb-capitalprojectsbc@sac-isc.gc.ca.

First Nations’ Emergency Services Society

FNESS is available to support community emergency preparedness and response, and can be contacted at 1-888-388-4431 or 250-377-7600.

First Nations Health Authority

For information regarding FNHA programs and supports related to Health Emergency Management (HEM), please visit the FNHA website.

BC’s Wildfire Service

Report wildfire sightings or the presence of smoke to BC’s Wildfire Management Branch at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular phones.

For current information on fire danger ratings, regional fire prohibitions and wildfire activity call 1-888-336-7378 (3FOREST).

9-1-1

If anyone in your community injured or experiencing a life threatening incident, you should immediately call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.

Emergency Management Assistance Program

In partnership with First Nations, provincial and territorial governments and non-government organizations, ISC’s Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP) helps communities on reserve access emergency assistance services. EMAP aims to be flexible and culturally sensitive to provide funding to First Nations communities so they can build resiliency, prepare for natural hazards and respond to them using the 4 pillars of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery. For a full list of response and recovery supports, please see the attached list of eligible EMAP expenses.

Drought

British Columbia is experiencing severe drought conditions. Drought conditions can impact communities and individuals by reducing the amount of water available for community use. Under extreme conditions, water systems could run out of potable water and be unable to meet fire suppression requirements. Please see the attached Water Shortages and Drought Conditions Tips Sheet on how to best prepare and respond.

On August 23, 2023, the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society is hosting an information session for First Nations on Drought Preparedness & Response in collaboration with the Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness, Indigenous Services Canada, the First Nations Health Authority, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food. The information session is intended to provide information and answer basic questions regarding drought preparedness and response (including funding programs). You can join the information session scheduled for August 23rd from 10:30am to noon via Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85077175159?pwd=WjIrVjNnTXE2VEE0ZmVOOVlIZDQvdz09 (Dial up: 778-907-2071 / Meeting ID: 850 7717 5159 Passcode: 21254). If you have questions or would like more information about the session, please contact Casey Larochelle at CLarochelle@fness.bc.ca.

Contact information

We would also like to take this opportunity to share the contact information for our Executive Leadership Team should you or your team need to reach out regarding specific programs or services within their respective areas.

For Residential Schools information and inquiries, you can contact the following:

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