Cheryl Matthew

Reciprocity and working with marginalized Indigenous populations

A tip for today on working with Indigenous people. Don’t expect free work. I hear all the time from colleagues in many industries, but in particular in the arts, they often get asked to perform for free. Also a consultant being asked to do extra work beyond what they were contracted for until a bunch of it is free. That quick call for advise should be paid for in some way or an exchange of services.

For overburdened and marginalized populations it is highly disrespectful to not value the work of Indigenous people. In particular Indigenous women and students. Think about the time it takes them to travel somewhere, to get babysitting, pay for parking, drop off kids, develop and promo their work, even a small honorarium if your project isn’t well funded.

Volunteering on Boards is one thing, just remember to show appreciation when you can even verbally – it goes a long way.

Be kind, be respectful and compensate others fairly for their work and their time to ensure positive relations.

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Resources For First Nations Emergency Planning

With the recent COVID-19 crisis it has made it ever more important to come up with community plans to deal with emergencies including natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquakes and also emergency health planning for virus and disease.

Indigenous government have tools available to assist with this work, within this post are links to download planning tools, if you find that you need assistance with any of this work in your community please let me know by sending your info on the contact page.

Here are some links with community planning tools from the Province of BC to assist any communities that need to update theirs or come up with community response for emergencies.

Emergency Management Planning Toolkit for Local Authorities and First Nations

Click here to download the planning toolkit:

Government of Canada Information:

The Emergency Management Planning Guide – How to Develop a Strategic Emergency Management Plan (SEMP) (ISC, 2020)

The Emergency Management Planning Guide provides step-by-step instructions of the planning process across the four pillars of Emergency Management Planning. It is the key tool designed to help federal institutions meet their responsibilities with respect to the management of emergencies.

International information on global response to disaster management as Canada has adopted the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 outlines seven clear targets and four priorities for action to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks: (i) Understanding disaster risk; (ii) Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; (iii) Investing in disaster reduction for resilience and; (iv) Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

It aims to achieve the substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries over the next 15 years.

The Framework was adopted at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015.

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