The Rockies Institute plans to collaborate with four Indigenous communities and several wildfire experts to reduce the potential impacts of wildfire disasters in a warming world. Through participatory narratives and videos, multi-partner workshops and test burns, this initiative will directly engage elders and Indigenous fire practitioners, fire experts in government, academia, and the not-for-profit sector in co-developing better approaches to wildfire management.
Mega wildfires are increasing in frequency all around the world. Almost daily we are learning of lives lost and threatened and infrastructure being burned to the ground. The effects of wildfire on humans, animals, and community infrastructure can be devastating. Wildfire experts know that techniques must adapt to a changing fire regime, which means developing a better understanding of traditional and ecological approaches.
We are working to bring the best in indigenous and scientific knowledges together to prevent mega-wildfires.
The perspectives of Indigenous knowledge holders have much to teach wildfire professionals. By creating tangible opportunities to put traditional and ecological perspectives into wildfire management practice, our work will enhance wildfire management at the local, sub-national and national levels and increase community safety to mega fires.