Pre-Planning Phase: Appreciating Holistic Values
If all of us are to sustain Mother Earth’s natural and living ecosystems and adapt to our changing climate, Indigenous-led fire stewardship and Aboriginal title and inherent rights must be at the forefront.
- One only takes what one needs from the environment to live;
- Everything is shared and interconnected; and
- Everyone and everything is equal and not to be left out.
The sharing of Indigenous burning practices may lead to individuals, groups and organizations becoming allies of change.
The practice of using fire can transform sadness and stress into a strong, generous place and thriving people.
A place of ethics, knowledge and skills is where plants, animals and people call marshes, lakes and rivers home.
Fire is a means of securing and sharing the necessities of life ranging from muskrats to moose, fur to fin and root to flower.
The ability to balance and practice the good life in reciprocity with the land creates new knowledge.
Fire is used to reclaim health, as medicine for the land, through the cleansing of the body, mind, soul and land; if the land is healthy, the people will be healthy.
Fire is appreciated for enhancing the senses (taste, touch, smell, sound) of plants, animals and people.