Travelling with Indigenous (First Nations, Métis & Inuit) Sacred and Ceremonial Items

First Peoples Group - Cassidy, Diane, Melissa and Guy - appreciate your guidance and thank you for taking the time to participate in this survey that will take you about 15 minutes to complete.

Why am I completing this survey?
We are hoping to hear about your experiences moving through security when you carry your sacred and ceremonial items on flights throughout Canada. First Nations, Métis and Inuit travel to attend many ceremonies and tradtional gatherings throughout the year. You have many stories (positive, negative, or neutral) specifically about experiences of going through security screening at Canadian airports with sacred medicines, sacred bundles, traditional foods and traditional clothing. Please share with us, generally, the kinds of items you carry so that we can ensure that security personnel are trained in respecting and handling (or not) these important items. 

What changes will occur at security?
The survey may result in recommendations, provided by you, on changes needed to enable First Nations, Métis and Inuit air travellers to comfortably move through airport security with sacred and ceremonial items. 

How will the survey results be used?
The data collected in this survey is anonymous and confidential and will be used to support the development of cultural awareness training being designed by First Peoples Group (FPG) in partnership with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA).  This training will be delivered to CATSA leadership, supervisors, managers and security personnel at every designated airport in Canada.
This important work is being led by Diane Longboat from Six Nations and Diane will be assisted by Cassidy Caron from First Peoples Group.

Your stories and experiences are incredibly valuable. Please also consider sharing this invitation to participate in the survey through your respective networks to your friends and relatives.

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If you have any questions or concerns about this work, please contact Cassidy at:
Cell: 250-231-0362

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