Alberta’s 45 First Nations will see double the number of field service workers on reserve with the announcement today of a 10-year extension of an emergency management agreement.
The $14.6-million agreement, announced by Bernard Valcourt, minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Premier Jim Prentice between Canada and Alberta, includes emergency response, recovery, mitigation and planning.
The commitment increases the number of on-reserve field service workers from two to four with the addition of a manager and includes new emergency management training for First Nations communities.
“This agreement will provide for more Field Officers working with First Nations and will ensure that all residents on First Nation communities in Alberta receive emergency services comparable to those that protect every other Canadian, said Valcourt in the release.
Highlights of the agreement include support in four emergency management areas: mitigation, response, recover and preparedness.
It also provides for direct provincial presence during an on-reserve emergency integrated with a broader provincial response.