Survey - Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada

The voices of Canadian Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) firefighters and fire operations staff (including support personnel) need to be heard, valued, and recognized. This survey is about the state of occupational health and safety (including cultural safety) for Indigenous firefighters and fire operations staff who are engaged in wildland fire suppression activities across Canada. This study is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
Natasha Caverley (PhD, CCC) and Kathy Offet-Gartner (PhD, R.Psych) both from Turtle Island Consulting Services Inc. and their research team invite you to participate in this survey for Phase One of the study entitled, Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada.
This survey is open to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and have worked in firefighting and/or fire operations for at least one fire season in Canada.
Your experience, knowledge, wisdom, perspectives, and stories about being Indigenous and engaged in firefighting and/or fire operations with wildfires in Canada are important to us. We are interested in your opinions on cultural safety and occupational health and safety. You are also invited to complete an optional set of questions on job satisfaction, work-related experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, work-related illnesses/injuries, and general health. You can choose to participate in these sections of the survey or not. This survey includes a combination of rating scale questions, dropdown questions, open-ended questions, and demographic questions.
We have included definitions of key terms for some of the survey questions. Therefore, where you see an   symbol, please click on this icon and a definition will appear. 
We estimate that the main part of the survey will take between 30 – 45 minutes to complete, depending on how many questions you answer. There are also four optional sets of questions that you may wish to answer. We encourage you to take your time to reflect on and respond to the questions — your experiences matter. You can answer as many questions as you like. You do not have to complete the survey in one sitting. As you complete each of the sections of the survey, you may use the “save and continue” function to start where you left off. Remember to click on the “Submit” button when you are ready to send in your responses.
If you would prefer to complete your survey by phone, please contact us either by email at or by phone at 250.589.0006 or 403.807.9799 to arrange a date and time to do so.
Your survey response is appreciated by April 30, 2021; however, the survey will remain open until May 31, 2021.
Taking Care
We recognize that some of the questions may require you to recall experiences that may be sensitive or difficult to deal with emotionally. If this happens, we encourage you to contact a mental health specialist/counsellor, your local Elder or Knowledge Keeper, or other support person. You can also consult: It is not our intention to cause any harm or discomfort, rather we wish to better understand occupational health and safety issues (includes cultural safety issues) within the Indigenous wildland fire population across Canada so that we can work to improve them. Thank you in advance for your willingness to share your experiences.
Prize Draw
To show our gratitude for completing this survey, you are eligible to enter into a prize draw, including an early-bird draw. Early Bird Prize #1 & Early Bird Prize #2: 2 gifts valued at $100 each (for responses received by April 30, 2021), and General Prize #3: gift valued at $75 (for responses received between May 1 – 31st, 2021). If you are interested you will find details on how to enter, at the end of the survey. Please note that the prize draw entry will NOT be connected in any way with your previous survey responses.

Thank you in advance for participating in this study! Findings from this survey will help us shape the future of wildland firefighting across Canada.
Informed Consent
Detailed information on the Giving Voice to Cultural Safety of Indigenous Wildland Firefighters in Canada project can be viewed by accessing the following informed consent letter at
Note: The survey is optimized for viewing on a laptop or desktop computer; however, it can also be completed on a smartphone or tablet. 
Clicking on the “I agree – Yes” button noted below indicates you understand the above conditions of participation in this study and that you have had the opportunity to have your questions answered by the research team.