Six safety tips from Mi’kmaw survival expert

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People living on unceded territories in Metro Vancouver are facing another big dump of rain — 50-80 mm — according to a rainfall warning issued this morning by Environment Canada.

The alert comes as people are already scrambling to recover from severe flooding and landslides that prompted the province to declare a state of emergency on Nov. 17. It comes after a summer that saw temperatures rise to 49.6° in some regions — leading to droughts and forest fires.

“What we are seeing is an uptick … [of] more problems that are obviously nature related. And this all relates back to climate change,” says Sakej Ward, a survival expert and Mi’kmaw warrior who says he spent years serving in the Canadian and American militaries.

Last week, IndigiNews asked Ward to share teachings on how to prepare for an emergency — and what to do if you get caught off guard in a dangerous situation.

We’ve summarized Ward’s top tips below (under the video, which shows our full interview).

In addition to these tips, Ward shared a few lists, which he says are meant to be customizable depending on your specific situation: Disaster Preparedness List, Bug Out Bag Systems, and the Vehicle Emergency Kit. For more tips, follow Ward on Facebook and check out this interview with Pam Palmater on her YouTube channel, Warrior Life.

Kelsie Kilawna, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Discourse

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