Emergency management

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) partners with First Nations communities to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.

COVID-19: Floods and fires

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, emergency situations may be more complex.

  • ISC will continue to support First Nations in responding to natural disasters, such as floods and wildfires.
  • If there is an emergency situation, Indigenous leaders are encouraged to reach out as soon as possible so that we can work together to update and adjust response plans as needed.


Emergencies in 2018 to 2019 led to more than 10,000 First Nations residents being displaced. As of January 1, 2020, more than 99 per cent have returned home. We are working with communities to return the rest as soon as possible.

Services and information

Emergency Management Assistance Program

Learn about funding available for emergency management on reserve.

Fire protection in First Nation communities

Find out what funding is available for fire protection in First Nations communities, learn more about the Joint First Nation Fire Protection Strategy.

Flooding in First Nation communities

Find out how to prepare for floods and find information about flood risk monitoring in your region.

Roles and responsibilities during emergencies

Find out who is responsible for what during an emergency.

FireSmart call for applications: 2022-2023

Apply for funding for wildland fire prevention and preparedness initiatives in First Nations communities.

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