Indigenous Ecology Lab

Indigenous Ecology Lab

Healing the Land After Wildfires: Indigenous Ecology Lab’s Research Featured on CBC Ideas

Research being conducted by the Indigenous Ecology Lab in collaboration with the northern St’át’imc Nations—Ts’kw’aylaxw, Xwísten, and T’it’q’et-P’egp’íg’lha—and the Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society, has been featured in a two-part CBC Ideas documentary series titled “Healing the Land.”

This series, which first aired on February 26, 2024, delves into the aftermath of the devastating wildfire season of 2021, exacerbated by a deadly heat dome across British Columbia. While the immediate impacts of wildfires often capture media attention, the long-term effects on the land, and consequently on the cultural lives of Indigenous communities, remain largely unexplored.

Healing the Land, Part One: After the Fire” and “Healing the Land, Part Two: From Eden Ecology to Indigenous Ecology” take the audience to St’át’imc territory around Lillooet, British Columbia. The series highlights the partnership between the St’át’imc Nations—Ts’kw’aylaxw, Xwísten, and T’it’q’et-P’egp’íg’lha—and the Indigenous Ecology Lab in documenting the ecological aftermath of the McKay Creek wildfire. This collaboration aims to establish a new path forward, employing Indigenous methodologies to restore and balance the ecosystem, and preserve a way of life for the communities who live on these lands.

For more information and to listen the show visit CBC Ideas with Nahlah Ayed.