Stories

Preparing our home: Voices from Indigenous communities.

Meet Michelle Vandevord, a mother, a firefighter, and Manager, Saskatchewan Emergency Protective Services, First Nations Emergency Management. You can learn more about Michelle’s inspiring career in this article: http://haznet.ca/michelle-vandevord/


Watch Alanna Fawn Syliboy, Community Liaison Officer, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq share how she bridges scientific and Indigenous knowledge through two-eyed seeing in her daily work.


Watch Marcellina Rupert Peltier, Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, as she shares her dream to become a paramedic.


When the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq created the Climate Action Emergency Management Officer position a few years ago, it was one of the very first of its kind across Canada. Watch Amber MacLean-Hawes who has been leading this work over the past few years share her perspectives on connecting climate action and emergency management.

Watch Casey Gabriel, a volunteer, an educator, a firefighter, a cook, and most recently the Lil’wat Nation’s Youth Centre Coordinator share his work on developing the Preparing Our Home curriculum at the Xet̓ólacw Community School!

What is it like to live in a community that floods every year? Watch Matthew James McCorrister, Peguis First Nation share his experience as a flood surveyor assistant and a youth volunteer in his community.


Watch Sarah Robinson, a proud citizen of the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Saulteau First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. Sarah is a member of “Preparing our Home” Advisory Group and her talk on “Indigenous Women and the Story of Canada’ was part of #WalrusTalks National Tour kick-off event in Whitehorse, Yukon.


Mia Francis, Akwesasne Youth Council, Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education is working hard every day to support 500 youth in navigating their post-secondary education and careers. Watch Mia share her perspectives on the importance of working together for community well-being: “We all have to become one in order to heal and move forward”. Mia also shares how her radical T-shirt collection empowers her, gives her a voice and sparks important conversations.


Preparing Our Home Gathering 2018


Gearing up for Emergency Preparedness week

Watch our program video! Footage by and of the youth in their communities.

What would you do to make your community more resilient?


This video by Kaileigh Taylor starring Leanne John was entered as part of the Global Youth Video Challenge for the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas.

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzzzXii3SBU

Filmed on location: Ahousaht First Nation, British Columbia, Canada

Know your hazards!

Watch youth from the Líl̓wat Nation identify numerous hazards that can harm their community during the “Preparing our Home” workshop at the Xet̓ólacw Community School

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV_FK9JPTnk

Listen to Eric Taylor talk about his community:

Watch Casey Gabriel from Lil’wat talk about volunteering and emergency management in the Lil’wat Nation