B.C. communities benefit from investments in emergency preparedness

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B.C. communities benefit from investments in emergency preparedness

by ahnationtalk on September 21, 202052 Views

Sept. 20, 2020

VICTORIA – Local, regional, and Indigenous governments in communities throughout the province have been approved to receive their share of up to $3.4 million in provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Funds (CEPF), while an additional $14.5 million from the CEPF is being allocated to new project intakes over the next several months.

“The Province will continue to support our communities as we work to keep British Columbians prepared from the threat of emergencies,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund supports the projects that municipalities and First Nations have identified as necessary to keep their communities safe, so it’s an excellent example of how we are effectively working together to improve public safety and resilience throughout B.C.”

The CEPF is a suite of programs designed to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations communities and their residents. The Province provides the funding, which is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities. Recent CEPF approvals include:

  • $690,000 for Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training
  • Up to $2.8 million for flood risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning

The current funding for flood-risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning will be released to communities that have highly ranked projects from the most recent intake that was oversubscribed. The funding for Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training has already been allocated to communities.

The cultural safety and cultural humility CEPF stream supports eligible applicants to provide emergency management personnel with training to more effectively partner with and assist Indigenous communities during times of emergency. This includes increasing opportunities to educate emergency management personnel, emergency management professionals in training, and others working in the emergency management system on the history of Indigenous peoples, as well as the concepts of cultural safety, cultural humility and its importance to Indigenous peoples.

“We learned many lessons during the unprecedented wildfire and flooding seasons in 2017 and 2018, including the importance of  working together to improve emergency services for First Nations communities,” said Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness. “We’ve worked hard as a government to make sure communities are prepared for emergencies, and this funding has been a key part of that effort.”

For future intakes of the CEPF, the Province is also announcing the allocation of the remainder of available funding, which includes:

  • $7.9 million for structural flood mitigation (Nov. 20, 2020)
  • $2.5 million for flood risk assessments, mapping and mitigation planning (January 2021)
  • $2 million for Emergency Support Services training and upgrades (February 2021)
  • $2.1 million for Emergency Operations Centres and training (March 2021)

Since the September 2017 Budget update, communities and governments around B.C. have received more than $52 million through the CEPF. The successful applicants for the latest round of funding hail from every corner of B.C.

A backgrounder on the recipients of funding through the Indigenous cultural safety and cultural humility training stream follows.

Contact:

Jordan Turner
Media Relations
Emergency Management BC
250 952-5062


BACKGROUNDER

Proposals approved for CEPF projects

21 proposals for Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training

Bulkley-Nechako Regional District – Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training at NESST Conference

Total approved funding: $8,741.06

Central Coast Regional District – Regional Central Coast Cultural Competency Training Project
Total approved funding: $49,967.50

Delta – Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training Project for Emergency Services

Total approved funding: $25,000

Doig River First Nation – Cultural Safety and Humility Training Pilot Project

Total approved funding: $25,000

East Kootenay Regional District – East Kootenay Emergency Program Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training

Total approved funding: $25,000

Gitxaala Nation – Gitxaala 2030: Cultural Safety in Emergency Services
Total approved funding: $25,000

Halalt First Nation – Cultural Safety and Humility Training
Total approved funding: $24,475

Kitimat – Emergency Management Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Training

Total approved funding: $6,875

Metchosin – Bridging of Emergency Preparedness with Cultural Awareness

Total approved funding: $23,650

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality – Indigenous Cultural Humility and Cultural Safety Training

Total approved funding: $22,000

Pemberton – Improving Our Cultural Competency: Cultural Training for EOC Staff and Fire Rescue

Total approved funding: $14,500

Penticton Indian Band – Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training

Total approved funding: $25,000

qathet Regional District – qathet RD and Tla’amin Nation Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Training

Total approved funding: $25,000

Skawahlook First Nation – Historical Impacts Training for Emergency Response Personnel

Total approved funding: $23,067

Squamish – Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Training for Emergency Personnel

Total Approved Funding: $25,000

Stz’uminus First Nation – Cultural Awareness as Emergency Preparedness

Total approved funding: $24,420

Tl’azt’en Nation – Preparing for Tomorrow

Total approved funding: $25,000

Tsilhqot’in National Government – Regional Tsilhqot’in Nation Cultural Safety and Humility Program

Total approved funding: $125,440

Vernon – Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training Project for Emergency Services

Total approved funding: $25,000

We Wai Kai First Nation – Regional Ligwilda’xw and Kwakwaka’wakw Teachings for Culturally Aware Emergency Care

Total approved funding: $125,000

Whistler – Indigenous Cultural Safety Training for Emergency Management Personnel

Total approved funding: $16,138

Contact:

Jordan Turner
Media Relations
Emergency Management BC
250 952-5062

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