We help First Nations Communities achieve their ideal lifestyle

Indigenous Centre for Occupational Health & Public Safety is a national organization that services First Nations communities across Canada.

Our purpose is to develop and integrate occupational health, safety, and risk management strategies and awareness campaigns into First Nation communities and organizations.

Our Mission

Empowering First Nations communities through supporting an injury-free lifestyle; supported by the belief that well informed communities defining, and recapturing the philosophy of Building Communities Safely.

Our Vision

To develop a Public Safety Awareness Campaign for employers, employees and community members engaged in Work, Family, and Play activities. This will in-turn reduce human and financial losses associated with public and workers Occupational Health & Safety prevention.

Our Services

ICOHPS offers a variety of services to First Nations communities around the country.

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Safety Training Courses

We teach training courses in categories like CPR, Traffic safety, Fire safety, and more

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Safety Equipment Sales

We provide access to affordable safety equipment for the organizations in our membership program.

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Indigenous Centre for Occupational Health & Public Safety's Five Guiding Principles

These five guiding principles guide everything we do here at ICOHPS.

Public safety awareness for our Members is paramount...

Public safety policies that reflect,  road safety, citizens in public areas, like walking on the road, playing in the playground after school.  Volunteering at extra-curricular activities in the community is a potential risk and liability for the Nation- it’s very crucial that we have public safety systems in place for our children and guests to enjoy the event.


We give advice to our members with respect to Canadian and Provincial legislation, as well as, best practices and procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.  We also provide our members with advice on how to set up health a safety management systems, and which types of training and professional development programs that will suit their organizations needs for HR and staff requirements.


We look at our members as indigenous sovereign nations that having the capacity to develop their own acts and regulations, and govern their own occupations and health and safety programs within their own communities. We advocate for first nations to develop these programs and needed funding to support OH&S initiatives.


Our training programs are designed specifically to help train our members in their unique operations. The ICOHPS has partnered with FINNING, Mosaic, Safety Council's and other safety association for a highly customized training programs specifically targeting our Member demographics. Learn more about our training here.


We create management and administrative OH&S systems, Consult on Drug testing, and policy development, equipment sales, and more.

Our Leadership

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Toby Desnomie
Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer

As the founder of Indigenous Centre for Occupational Health & Public Safety, let me first say that I am enthusiastic to represent ICOHPS as the Chief Executive Officer. We are a new organization in its preliminary start-up phase; we have a passionate board of Directors that are egger to take on the overwhelming task of generating public awareness, as well as develop strategic plans to advance the safety awareness of communities in Saskatchewan’s First Nations. As a First Nation person from Peepeekisis and currently living, I take pride in our culture and way of life that brings all Nations together in a positive way.

A little about who is Toby Desnomie, I have been working for First Nation communities as a technician, manager and coordinator for over 20 years. Working alongside many wonderful mentors, I had a unique advantage to advocate on behalf of workers in every opportunity that was presented to me. My education and career are a genuine reflection of my journey towards building awareness and safe communities. So when this opportunity presented itself to me, it was an appropriate fit. As a National Construction Safety Officer Instructor with the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association, allowed me to see firsthand what safety can do to help organizations thrive.

Our Association services First Nations communities across Canada, First Nation Business, and organizations on and off Crown Land. The main objective is to develop and furthermore integrate Occupational Health & Safety & Risk Management strategies to the above members. Well, I am excited to say the least in this opportunity to work with all our First Nations in some capacity thank you for your support and be safe out there!