Resilient Communities

Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning (ADRP) 

Disasters can and do happen. First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities have been affected by hurricanes, wildfires, water contamination and an assortment of other hazards. Culture, language, livelihood options and Traditional Knowledge have flourished in some areas, while other communities have faced numerous challenges. What makes the difference? Why are some communities more resilient to disasters and change? How can communities survive and prosper? The Aboriginal Disaster Resilience Planning (ADRP) Guide contains a summary of all of the steps and a checklist for to complete once each activity has taken place to assist in navigating the planning process. 

Project completed:  April 2014 - March 2016



Simulation Training and Exercise Collaboratory (SIMTEC): Enhancing CBRNE Psychosocial Capacity and Capability Management

SIMTEC was a multi-year research project which will assist Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) personnel to develop a more considered approach of the psychosocial dimensions of CBRNE and other hazardous events. Use of JIBC’s PRAXIS (Hydra and Ex-Pod) system allowed researchers to study senior officials during various exercise scenarios and the findings will demonstrate how to best enhance Canada’s and the international community’s capacity to respond more effectively to CBRNE and other threats.  

Project completed:  May 2011 to June 2015
SIMTEC Research Chair:  Dr. Laurie Pearce



Rural Disaster Resilience Project (RDRP): Building Resilience and Rural Health System Capability for Pre-Disaster Planning and Preparedness.  

The goal of this Rural Disaster Resilience research project is to develop and pilot a participatory, community-centered process for engaging rural, remote and small coastal (RCC) communities in disaster risk reduction planning at the local level with a focus on enhancing local capacity and capability. The participatory approach to the research is designed to support the engagement of citizens in the pilot communities and to elicit and integrate their expertise and insights in the development of emergency planning project tools, curriculum, and process frameworks.  

Project completed:  April 2009 to June 2013

Last updated June 4, 2019