Living with Wildfire in the BC Southern Interior

Integrating academic disciplines and Indigenous knowledge to research better ways of living with wildfire in the BC Interior.

The Thompson-Okanagan region is among the most fire-prone landscapes in Canada. In contrast to millennia of Indigenous land management and cultural burning, aggressive fire suppression over the last century has resulted in a dramatic increase of available fuel. Fires of increasing intensity and severity have destroyed homes and livelihoods and caused significant environmental consequences. Team members with expertise in visual art history, wildfire imagery, spatial ecology and mapping, sustainability, cultural and philosophical analysis and biodiversity are collaborating with Indigenous partners to address the wildfire challenge in the BC Interior.



Greg Garrard

Mathieu Bourbonnais