Hosting with humility : Timmins’ 2019 host community experiences
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SubjectDisaster Management; Emergency Management; Emergency Response; Evacuation; First Nation; Host Community
Through qualitative semi-structured interviews with host community partners, this thesis explores the effects of hosting three different groups of First Nation evacuees on a single host community, the City of Timmins, as well as potential improvements to address negative impacts and experiences for the host community and evacuees. Hosting partners experienced challenges around a lack of familiarity with evacuating communities, language barriers, inadequate substance use and mental health supports, assumption of large costs, and access to deployable provincial supports. Findings demonstrated that the needs of evacuees during precautionary and emergency evacuations are distinct, necessitating agile hosting plans. Recommendations for hosting partners are provided based on the interview findings. Further considerations for improving host community capacity include sharing lessons between host communities, conducting further collaborative research, encouraging relationship building between host communities and First Nation representatives, simplifying provincial standards, and applying lessons from existing research, community studies, reports, and commissions.
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