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Indigenous peoples across what is now Canada have utilized fire to steward their territories to achieve cultural objectives. Fire is integral to Indigenous cultures and is a process used to uphold responsibilities and kinship systems, which were maintained through a complex knowledge system. This relationship with fire has been severed by colonization, through the disregard for Indigenous knowledge and fire exclusion. Recently, there has been a resurgence of interest in Indigenous fire and a growing recognition of the importance of cultural burning practices and the right to burn. This presentation will discuss Indigenous fire knowledge, impacts of cultural severance, barriers to burning, and reunion with fire.
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