Emergency Management

The past several years have made it clear that a vital part of climate change adaptation is how we, as a Nation, respond to emergencies. Wildfires, floods, heat waves and a global pandemic have tested and highlighted the Métis Nation’s ability to adapt and overcome through community cooperation and resiliency. As we look forward, the MNC Environment Team is focused on developing strategies and action plans that mobilize the Métis community spirit and promote resiliency. The MNC is co-developing emergency management preparedness planning and strategies that align with national realities in order to champion a “whole of society” approach. This approach will support the priorities of Governing Members and their communities, ensuring that the Métis Nation has a strong voice in the preparation, during and in the recovery of an event.  Projects championed by the MNC Environment Team and supported by Governing Members include:

  • Development of the “Métis Wildfire Research Project” 2022
  • Development of the "Métis Nation Emergency Management Report" 2022.
  • Representation on the National Adaptation Strategy – Disaster Mitigation and Resilience Table
  • Representation on the Board and Working Group of the National Indigenous Fire Safety Council
  • Participation in the redevelopment of the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA)
  • Participation in Climate Proof Canada
  • Support for Governing Members in Emergency Management policy development
  • On June 1st, 2023, MNC and the Government of Canada added Emergency Management, Preparedness, and Response to the Permanent Bilateral Mechanism's standing agenda in order to strike a Canada-Métis Nation Emergency Management Working Group. This Working Group will work towards developing a long-term, emergency management strategy that provides for sustainable and long-term funding to develop capacity and training in preparedness and recovery, which will advance the resiliency of the Métis Nation through self-determination.

Adaptability and community cohesion are at the core of Métis identity. With this in mind, the MNC Environment Team seeks to further the Métis legacy of coming together during our darkest moments to shine bright.

What on Earth Podcast

Listen at the link below to hear stories from the first Emergency Preparedness training organized by the MNC. 

"And I remember, as soon as we hit the city limits, that excitement and that energy in the truck just completely changed."

March 3rd Episode beginning at 14:40.


Wildfire Videos

As wildfires continue to increase in size, frequency and devastation in Canada's forests, the MNC seeks to further the Métis legacy of putting good fire on the land. Colonial policies and practices that have disconnected Métis people from the land and the fires we have used to be good stewards these lands and waters. This has resulted in the current paradigm of frequent catastrophic wildfires. Through putting good fire back on the land via Métis hands, there is an opportunity to revitalize Métis culture; provide climate solutions; develop wildfire resiliency; and action Truth and Reconciliation. 

The Métis Nation is proud to have citizens that continue to carry the flame that has been passed down through generations by our ancestors. These videos highlight not only the work currently being done to put good fire back on the land, but also highlight the profound connection between Me2tis fire and stewarding our relations. 

To learn more, please click the links here and here

More Information

Emergency Management Strategy for Canada

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MNC Emergency Management Executive Summary

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MNC Emergency Management Report

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