Stoney Nakoda receives national award for pandemic response
Nov. 13 — Stoney Nakoda First Nation’s COVID-19 pandemic response received national recognition from the IAEM Canada National Prepared Community award.

Stoney Nakoda Emergency Management director Mike Crawford, Bearspaw First Nation Chief Darcy Dixon, Chiniki First Nation Chief Aaron Young and Wesley First Nation Chief Clifford Poucette were on hand to receive the award on Nov. 13. The award recognized the Nation’s preparedness and the precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event marked the first time a First Nation community received the award.

The IAEM-CAN Prepared Community Award takes into consideration the following criteria:

  1. The community demonstrated the Emergency Management Principles of mitigation and preparedness that enhanced the public safety of their community.
  2. The community had a dedicated preparedness program in place.
  3. The community demonstrated progressive development of their preparedness program from recent years.

The community’s preparedness program benefitted people, businesses, and the community.

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