First Nations lament cultural losses to B.C. wildfires

By Jason Peters
CBC News
August 24, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

First Nations say British Columbia’s most destructive wildfire season to date is having devastating impacts on their communities. And not just on physical structures, but on culture and tradition. By July 18 of this year, more than 14,000 square kilometres of land had already burned in B.C., which broke a record of just over 13,500 square kilometres in 2018. One of the most significant fires up to July 18 was the Donnie Creek wildfire, the largest in the province’s history. It was burning — and continues to burn — in northeast B.C., in the traditional territories of the Prophet River First Nation, Doig River First Nation and Blueberry River First Nations. First Nations members say the cultural destruction from the Donnie Creek fire is impossible to quantify, and now similar loss is occurring due to fires burning in the Okanagan, Shuswap and Fraser Canyon.

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