Fort Nelson First Nation Fire Project 2015

See the CBC National Documentary with Duncan McCue here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/b-c-first-nation-sets-fires-to-save-bison-...

The relationship between Dene and Cree people and fire is culturally complex, and dates back thousands of years. Its use in facilitating communication may be a practice from a bygone era, but many traditions that live on to this day include use of fire in:

  • Supporting fertilization and re-growth of vegetation
  • Hunting and survival
  • Comfort and aesthetic practices
  • Ceremony

Dene and Cree people have a traditional and cultural interaction with fire. Fire is a vital practice that must be continued and passed down to the next generations.

You can read our 2015 project report titled 'Fort Nelson First Nation: Inter action with Fire and Wood Bison' here.