The Importance of Decolonization
Decolonization means confronting and challenging colonizing practices that have influenced natural resource management, land management and uses of fire on the land in the past and which are still present today.
Decolonization is the process of undoing colonizing practices. This process often involves the return of Indigenous lands and to Indigenous ways of life.
- the exercise of our Aboriginal title and inherent rights—our political and legal authority on our lands;
- the implementation of international human rights such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and
- constitutional and policy reform based on Indigenous rights and related standards.
Decolonization is necessary to restore Indigenous-led uses of fire on the land so that future generations can thrive in co-existence with other people in Canada and across the planet.
For more information about decolonization, consider reading Tuck and Yang’s 2012 article: Decolonization is not a metaphor.