We are humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to work on behalf of our First Nations members to develop and improve upon the occupational safety and health practices for First Nations workers and anyone operating on First Nations’ land. As we rise to the challenges of this important undertaking we have a moral and personal responsibility to serve in an open and professional manner. To this end the First Nations Safety Council has developed a set of guiding principles founded on R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
We believe that maintaining respectful relationships is fundamental to the achievement of our shared vision. We commit to fostering effective working relationships between one another and with outside industries and agencies underpinned by: trust; honesty; understanding; teamwork; and mutual support.
We have the historic opportunity to achieve transformative change in First Nations occupational safety and health, and an obligation to make the most of this opportunity. This will require a focus on capacity development opportunities from within the FNSC and through our partnerships with industry, educational institutions and government agencies.
Our decision making must reflect the best interests of all First Nations, and we are committed to make room for everyone in the process. This will require loyalty to one another and our shared vision, upholding and supporting our roles, responsibilities, decisions, and processes, and maintaining and nurturing unity and accountability.
We believe that all workplace injuries and fatalities are preventable and predictable. We are committed to support proactive continual improvement of our practices and support efforts to develop and implement new methods, procedures and technologies that have the potential to improve occupational safety and health outcomes.
We understand that the key to sustainable success lies with those who come behind us. Through our Legacy Development Fund and working with educational institutions and industry partners we will strive to prepare future generations to progress through the FNSC and build upon the foundations we have created.
We are here because of those that came before us, and to work on behalf of First Nations. We draw upon the diverse and unique cultures, ceremonies, customs, and teachings of First Nations for strength, wisdom, and guidance.
We believe that trust is a basic right and not something that must be earned. In order to maintain trust we must be committed to treating each other with dignity, being responsive to one another with transparent communications, and respecting that each entity has their own respective processes and practices.