Disaster Preparedness: Moving from Tactic Strong to Human Centred

case study

the client

The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations

The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations serves as the united political voice for Treaty 6 signatory nations, which includes 50 First Nations. The geographic area of the Treaty stretches from western Alberta, through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba.

Need for education around emergency preparedness

The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations, department of emergency preparedness and planning, wanted to educate its member nations on how to create a human centered approach for emergency preparedness so that communities could build upon, and improve their safety and resilience to disasters.

the problem

The tailored workshop: Challenging Disaster Preparedness Paradigms:

the solution

The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations department of emergency preparedness and planning developed a speaker series that would help develop member nations’ emergency managers and support 40,000 individuals within the Treat Six area of Alberta, Canada.

After consultations with the Treaty 6 Emergency Management (EM) representative, multiple session topics were provided to the EM organization, and over further detailed discussions, we then narrowed it down to one core learning that was needed for member nations’.

Through the consultative work with the organization to find the session topic, the final topic chosen was ‘Challenging Disaster Preparedness Paradigms: Moving from Operational to Human Centered.’

At the end of the workshop, participants ended with:

  • A foundation for human centered approaches; and
  • Strategies for integrating a human-centered approach to the hazard and vulnerability assessment process; and
  • A paradigm shift in thinking from being tactic strong to people based; and
  • Gaining new perspectives on the traditional emergency management lifecycle of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

"Training like RIC provided will be key for all of us."

I believe that in the future, all Economic Developers will have to consider some degree of sustainability. Disasters are arriving faster than our capability to respond. That’s why I believe that training like RIC provided will be key for all of us.

participant testimonial

Uriel Jelin

Community Economic Development Officer, RM of La Broquerie

Shift in EM paradigm from tactic strong to people based

Attendees walked away from the session with an understanding of how the human centered approach can apply to disaster preparedness by shifting the EM paradigm of being tactic strong to people based.

the result

understanding of a human centered approach

Shift in emergency management tactics

the future

Strategies that address social, economic, and environmental impacts

The Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations has provided its members’ ways to incorporate comprehensive disaster strategies that address social, economic, and environmental impacts to people and communities now and in the future.

"We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rebecca Innes Consulting to anyone seeking emergency management services"

The department of emergency preparedness and planning had the sincere pleasure of working with Rebecca on the Treaty 6 Emergency Preparedness Speaker Series. She was professional, knowledgeable, and engaging. Of note, the department found her ability to envision new ways of doing emergency preparedness particularly impressive. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Rebecca Innes Consulting to anyone seeking emergency management services

in their words

Kenneth Letander

Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations

work with RIC

Create a strategy that transforms complex problems into sustainable solutions.

RIC provides strategic advisory, project planning, and grant writing services to government organizations in disaster preparedness, recovery, and mitigation initiatives. 

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