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.

2020: Effective spring burn in the Saskatchewan River Delta.

2020: Effective spring burn in the Saskatchewan River Delta.

Decolonization is the process of undoing colonizing practices. This process often involves the return of Indigenous lands and to Indigenous ways of life.

Decolonization requires

  • 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.

2022: Effective spring burn in the Saskatchewan River Delta.