In many Indigenous cultures in Canada, fire is a sacred and powerful element that can help on landscapes and in ceremony.
Indigenous communities have in many ways been leading wildland fire mitigation and prevention in Canada since time immemorial, relying on local Indigenous knowledge systems. Indigenous communities have various current and emerging fire stewardship practices in support of cultural revitalization, resilience and pride, and (emergency) preparedness.
Indigenous Cultural Burning in Shackan
The video below details the cultural burn being conducted in the Spring of 2019 on Shackan band lands; it was facilitated by the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society’s Fuel Management Department and Shackan Indian Band members with assistance from the BC Wildfire Service.