The First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership was established in 2013 to bring together researchers, First Nations evacuated due to wildfires, and agencies involved in providing support during wildfire evacuations.  The aim of the partnership is to learn about how First Nation peoples and communities have been affected by recent evacuations, and to make recommendations for how to reduce the negative impacts of wildfire evacuations.    

The research team:  Dr. Tara McGee (University of Alberta), Dr. Amy Christianson (Canadian Forest Service), PhD student Dr. Henok Asfaw (University of Alberta), and MA student Ms. Kyla Mottershead.

First Nations communities involved in the partnership:  Dene Tha' First Nation (Alberta), Driftpile First Nation (Alberta), Whitefish Lake First Nation (Atikameg 459) (Alberta), Mishkeegogamang First Nation  (Ontario), Sandy Lake First Nation (Ontario), Deer Lake First Nation (Ontario), Onion Lake First Nation (Saskatchewan), and Lac La Ronge Indian Band (Saskatchewan).

Agencies involved in the partnership:  Health Canada, Assembly of First Nations, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Saskatchewan Ministry of Government Relations, Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, First Nations Emergency Services.

Partnership Funding:  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Partnership Development Grant program), Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research (now Policywise for Children and Families), University of Alberta Northern Research Awards (UANRA) Grant funded by the University of Alberta, and the Canadian Circumpolar Institute. 

Between 2013 and 2018, we completed research with seven First Nations in the provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and Saskatchewan, and are now disseminating the results of this research.  This website includes 2-page summaries of the research completed with the seven First Nations.  These summaries describe evacuation experiences, and also provide key lessons learned.  We also provide links to publications and other outputs from this research.  Finally, we have developed a page of resources that we hope will be useful for First Nations.