20 First Nations Reel From B.C. Wildfires
July 24, 2017
First Nations in British Columbia are continuing their desperate battle to save their reserves, homes and territories from hundreds of square miles of wildfires raging in the center of the province, as the Kamloops Pow Wow Grounds were transformed into an outdoor shelter for evacuees.
With more than 45,000 people displaced and 20 First Nations in British Columbia affected by hundreds of wildfires sweeping the region as of July 17, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed support for the Indigenous Peoples affected and emphasized the importance of traditional firekeeping knowledge in preventing such blazes.