Saskatchewan First Nations Emergency Management Conference 2022
The first face-to-face meeting in three years for this network shows the passion and commitment of First Nations first responders but also the challenges that remain. Indigenous women are taking on more frontline roles and we see the impacts of the gendered structures of the province and wider country known as Canada: basically more support, training, and resourcing are needed.
The wider constraint is the enforced marginalization of Indigenous communities in practicing their own DRR strategies. I and others have argued that until we see sovereignty for Indigenous Peoples, we will remain vulnerable.
An important new tool is the "Tracker Tom & Randy" sonar device (below right) and the remote device (below left) adapted from the mining sector. Check out the Search & Rescue webpage