Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Role

While emergency management is a provincial/territorial responsibility, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) supports emergency management in on-reserve First Nation communities.

In BC, AANDC's Emergency Management Unit (EMU) works with Emergency Management BC (EMBC) to provide support in the coordination and provision of emergency management services to BC First Nations. During times of emergency, AANDC works closely with EMBC and affected First Nations to make sure First Nation communities are supported and know where to seek assistance.

AANDC's BC EMU works with First Nation communities to strengthen overall emergency management capacity; maintains awareness of emergency events impacting First Nations on-reserve; and liaises with other federal, provincial and municipal partners to ensure emergency management and planning efforts are coordinated.

AANDC encourages and supports First Nations communities to develop comprehensive emergency preparedness plans. For more information about emergency plans, or roles and responsibilities, contact AANDC BC Region's Emergency Management Unit at bcemu@aadnc-aadnc.gc.ca. For more on AANDC's Emergency Management Assistance Program, visit the following link: Emergency Management.

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