Government of Canada Supports Fire Prevention and Management Training for Quebec First Nations
The Government of Canada is committed to working with First Nations to keep Aboriginal communities safe
WENDAKE, QC, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - When it comes to fire prevention, education and awareness are essential to the health and safety of members of Aboriginal communities. We all have to take the necessary steps toward protection by learning how to prevent and control fires. This is why our government and the Centre de développement de la formation et de la main-d'œuvre huron-wendat (CDFM) have developed a new, recognized training course tailored to the realities of Quebec's First Nations.
Since March 31, 2014, an initial cohort of 14 firefighters from six communities has been enrolled in the training. At the end of the course, the participants will get their Firefighter I certification from Quebec's national firefighter school. The Government of Canada is proud to have contributed $155,869, or 50% of total costs, toward the training of these students. The communities of Pakua Shipi, Unamen Shipu, Nutashkuan, Ekuanitshit, Opitciwan and Manawan, home to the students, jointly picked up the other half of the costs.
- The first cohort of 14 students will finish their training on June 6, 2014.
- The federal government is working closely with CDFM to develop training programs that will complement the Firefighter I course.
"Aboriginal communities well equipped to handle fires are able to
respond promptly and effectively in emergencies. Our government is
proud to be working with Quebec's First Nations to keep their
- Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"A leader in the field of adult education for First Nations since 1995,
CDFM aims to train people who will be self-reliant, responsible,
respectful, proud of their origins and able to fulfill their functions
well. The training given to this cohort of firefighters is a further
illustration of CDFM's progressiveness, rigour and standing as an
institution of choice that enjoys the confidence of students, band
councils and the government departments concerned with respect to
projects of this nature."
- Chief René Gros-Louis, Education and Training Officer, Huron-Wendat Nation Council
"Today we are proud to note the presence and contribution of the
Honourable Minister Bernard Valcourt, confirming the collaboration of
CDFM and the Huron-Wendat Nation in improving the well-being and safety
of our peoples. Wendake is a crossroads, a meeting point welcoming
students from all First Nations. We are working hard to improve the
living conditions of our people, and it is through innovative and
collective projects like this that we intend to continue developing our
- Grand Chief Konrad Sioui, Huron-Wendat Nation Council
SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development CanadaFor further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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