Fire Stewardship through Indigenous Stories

Join us to learn about Indigenous Fire Stewardship from Indigenous speakers Shyann Thomas, Amy Cardinal Christianson & Brad Marsden.

Event: Fire Stewardship through Indigenous Stories
Location: Zoom. Register here.
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 12 pm – 1 pm
Cost: Free 

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**Please register to receive your Zoom link (it will be emailed 48 hours before the event).**

This virtual session will explore Indigenous understandings and experiences relating to the long history of fire stewardship across Turtle Island, and highlight its value and importance in our changing climate.

Wildfires are currently burning across Western North America. Our forests were resilient for thousands of years, but have struggled due to the settler colonial actions impacting traditional practices.

Session facilitator, Shyann Thomas, is an Indigenous youth working with UBC Botanical Garden and Environmental Youth Alliance. She will be sharing why she is interested in fire stewardship, and what meaning and value it brings. Amy Cardinal Christianson is a Fire Research Scientist with Canadian Forest Service, sharing her experiences working with Indigenous wildfire stewardship & revitalizing cultural burning practices. Brad Marsden will be sharing his perspectives on fire and its importance in advancing Truth and Reconciliation for individuals and organizations.

Session attendees will be invited to ask questions, creating space for an open dialogue about Indigenous perspectives and relations to fire.

About the Speakers

Shyann Thomas is a young Anishinaabe and Secwépemc woman who aims to continue elevating Indigenous Knowledge and learning native plant medicine. She takes pride in her ability to share Indigenous practices in culturally appropriate ways.

Amy Cardinal Christianson is a Métis woman from Treaty 8 territory, currently living in Treaty 6, and a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada. Amy is co-author of First Nations Wildfire Evacuations: A Guide for Communities and External Agencies and also co-hosts the Good Fire podcast, which looks at Indigenous fire use around the world.

Brad Marsden is from the Gitksan Nation and provides experiential workshops to facilitate Truth and Reconciliation awareness. He is a Residential School counsellor and facilitator as well as a wellness counsellor. Through his workshops, Brad creates an open and safe space for groups to learn, listen, understand and discuss the impact of residential schools and colonization on communities in Canada. Learn more here.

About the Co-Hosts

This event is co-hosted by Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) and UBC Botanical Garden. EYA engages youth facing barriers to become environmental stewards and community leaders. We run environmental education and job training programs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Roots & Shoots is a paid employment training program open to all youth ages 18 – 25 who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ2, or living with a disability.