Enormous Fires Everywhere

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Published Jul 4, 2022, 7:05 AM

Raging wildfires are now a normal part of summertime in Canada. Climate change comes at you fast, but the impact of these fires is far from equal across different regions. Those most likely to have to flee their homes are Indigenous people, and this disproportionate risk is only growing. The number of evacuees from First Nation reserves doubled over the last decade. Producer Sarah Lawrynuik travels to a remote Manitoba community to look at what fire has done to one community, and examines the implications for tens of thousands of other people in the years to come.

Further Reading:

Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs (Amy Cardinal Christianson) – https://www.publish.csiro.au/WF/pdf/WF13048

Indigenous fire teams in Sask. aim for bigger role after B.C. blazes – https://thestarphoenix.com/news/local-news/indigenous-fire-teams-in-sask-aim-for-bigger-role-after-b-c-blazes

U of S prof studies impact of fire evacuations on First Nations (2015) – https://www.ckom.com/2015/07/17/u-of-s-prof-studies-impact-of-fire-evacuations-on-first-nations/

From the Ashes: Reimagining Fire Safety and Emergency Management in Indigenous Communities: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Content/Committee/421/INAN/Reports/RP9990811/inanrp15/inanrp15-e.pdf

The art of fire: reviving the Indigenous craft of cultural burning: https://thenarwhal.ca/indigenous-cultural-burning/

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