Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship in Canada By Amy Cardinal Christianson, PhD (NRC Canada, Canada)
IAFSS Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment (LOF&BE) Webinar Series
FireSmart Canada has recently released a book entitled “Blazing the Trail: Celebrating Indigenous Fire Stewardship in Canada”. This book was created by an Indigenous team of 9 co-authors, 14 peer reviewers, 11 community/organizations stories, and 8 artists. The detailed, first-person stories provide insight and context about Indigenous Peoples and fire stewardship, and the narrative encourages celebration and sharing of wise practices and lessons learned across generations. Artwork, photos, and writings throughout the book acknowledge the significance of storytelling and expressive arts as ways of sharing knowledge about the roles and uses of fire in Indigenous communities. The publication acknowledges that Indigenous communities have been leading, in many ways, fire mitigation and prevention. In this talk, we will walk through the book, and provide background and context to the book content.
Amy Cardinal Christianson is a Metis woman from the Cardinal/Laboucane families of Treaty 8 territory. She is a Fire Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, where her research program focuses on Indigenous fire stewardship, wildfire evacuations, and wildfire mitigation.