Summary

Indigenous communities are expressing a growing commitment to lead and revitalize (return, continue, expand or support) Indigenous-led fire practices on the land, in particular, in the Saskatchewan River Delta. This revitalization supports community-led and land-based programming—linking land, place, identity and people.

Indigenous Science and Western Science are different ways of viewing the same thing. We can use their strengths and differences to gain a better understanding of the natural world and our place/role in it for a positive and meaningful way forward.

The braiding of Indigenous Science and Western Science is not without its challenges in uses of fire on the land, particularly as it relates to cultural appropriation and addressing power imbalances in decision-making and authority in fire practices.

Revitalizing Indigenous-led fire practices maintains or enhances cultural attributes on the land while reducing risks associated with local area hazards and regenerates ecosystems through habitat restoration.

Recognition and braiding of Indigenous-led fire practices and settler and state-led fire management aid in enhancing resiliency for Indigenous Peoples, their families, communities and their lands.

Circa 2020: Indigenous Peoples, fire and land practices in the Saskatchewan River Delta.