Camp Molly, YTC introduce new programs to help Indigenous students combat fires

Two educational organizations have launched new programs that will teach Indigenous students to fight fires. Camp Molly—a camp that empowers and prepares girls and young women to pursue a career in firefighting—is expanding to offer four all-Indigenous programs in Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. Campers will learn about topics such as auto extrication, fire prevention and suppression, and firefighter survival training while interacting with strong female role models. Yellowhead Tribal College is teaching students how to spot wildfires from the sky as part of its Environmental Monitoring and Drone Technician Certificate program. Aboriginal Training Services CEO Darcy Hunt explained that graduates of the program will be able to help keep their traditional lands safe from wildfires. The program is funded by the Indian Resource Council, which represents 130 First Nations, and is free to Indigenous applicants.