MLA Osborne says funding will improve cultural safety for Indigenous people during emergencies in Ditidaht and Tseshaht First Nations

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PORT ALBERNI – New Democrat MLA Josie Osborne says that funding announced today will help ensure Indigenous people in the Ditidaht and Tseshaht Nations receive inclusive and culturally-safe support during emergencies through funding to enhance cultural safety and humility in local emergency management.

“People facing emergencies need supports that are safe and culturally appropriate for them,” said Josie Osborne, MLA for Mid Island-Pacific Rim. “With these grants, the Ditidaht and Tseshaht First Nations will be able to continue their work on emergency preparedness and response that best serves their people.”

The following First Nations and local governments are receiving funding:

  • Ditidaht First Nation, $29,975 for Ditidaht cultural exploration & record keeping
  • Tseshaht First Nation, $20,935.75 for cultural safety within an emergency support services reception centre


The provincial government is providing approximately $580,000 for 22 local projects under the Indigenous Cultural Safety and Cultural Humility Training stream of the Community Emergency and Preparedness Fund (CEPF).

Funding may be used to enhance emergency management tools to be inclusive of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, provide cultural safety and humility training for staff and volunteers, or for partnering with First Nations on disaster preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery.

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