Indigenous-Led Uses of Fire on the Land
- cultural and language revitalization, for example, use of Indigenous Ecological Knowledge;
- invasive plant species removal;
- food and medicinal plant access and gathering;
- forest product access, for example, firewood collection, log home building, wood art production;
- fuel and fuel hazard reduction;
- habitat enhancement, for example, harvesting, hunting, traditional art production and trapping;
- pest reduction, for example, reducing wood ticks;
- increasing forage for wildlife;
- regrowth of plant species that are healthy for wildlife; and
- trail clearing and access.
For more information about Indigenous-led uses of fire on the land, check out the following 2022 article: Centering Indigenous voices: The role of fire in the boreal forest of North America.
For many Indigenous Peoples and communities, using fire is viewed as a spiritual responsibility to the land that fulfils land stewardship responsibilities and promotes renewal.
We all need to be more respectful of the land, and that includes using fire. We need to be reminded that it is a blessing all the things we get from the land. Giving back is being respectful.kakinow kaki kistēnitamāk askīy, ēkwa ka itapatāk iskotēw. ka kiskisōmikayak ē-sawēnītākosiwāk kakinow kāmēnikōsāk askīk ōci. ka wīcitak ēkosi anima kisēwatisiwin.
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-Donald Fiddler (Cree)