Pre-planning Phase: Developing a Rationale

A rationale statement is a summary statement of an Indigenous group or community’s purpose, aspirations and how they want to use fire on the land for

  • community protection

The rationale is supported by a corresponding set of holistic values that highlight important guiding principles and beliefs for the Indigenous group or community.

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ACTIVITY:

How to Develop a Rationale

(For Your Indigenous-Led Fire Prescription) 

When developing a rationale for your Indigenous-led fire prescription, reflect on and answer the following questions:

As an example, the Saskatchewan River Delta is being used as the specific site.

1. What is the role(s) of fire on the land in the Delta?

Consider:

From your experience, what are the reasons for using fire on the land?

Where and when do you use fire on the land?

Are ceremonies used? Please describe.

How do you determine where and when to set fire on the land?

Who determines where and when to set fire on the land?

What cultural objectives are you trying to meet by burning?

How does burning affect your community?

 

2. From your experience, why does your group or community want to return, continue, expand or support fire on the land?

Consider:

What role(s) does your community have to determine the use of fire in the Delta?

 

3. After burning on the land, what do you want the Saskatchewan River Delta to look like?

 

4. What are the values of the Saskatchewan River Delta?

 

5. What are the values of using fire on the land in the Saskatchewan River Delta?  

 

6. What are some major challenges or barriers (including hazards) to having fire on the land, particularly in the Saskatchewan River Delta? 

 

7. What are some major opportunities or strengths (including benefits) to having fire on the land, particularly in the Saskatchewan River Delta?

 

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Developing a rationale for an Indigenous-led fire prescription