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Community support for wildfire mitigation at Peavine Métis Settlement, Alberta, Canada. 2012. Christianson, A.; McGee, T.K.; L'Hirondelle, L. Environmental Hazards 11(3):177-193.

Year: 2012

Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 35341

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1080/17477891.2011.649710

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This paper presents the findings of a study that explored public support for wildfire mitigation programmes implemented in Peavine Métis Settlement, an Indigenous community located in Alberta, Canada. Data were collected in a community-based study using interviews, focus groups and participant observation over a 4-year period. Results showed that support for the wildfire mitigation programme was influenced by local leadership, economics, community capacity and land and home ownership. The communal nature of land and home ownership on the settlement influenced support for wildfire mitigation that was conducted by the settlement at both the residential and community levels. Employment opportunities available in the community for settlement members for wildfire mitigation activities also increased support for the local wildfire mitigation programme. A local Aboriginal leader skilled in wildfire mitigation and existing community capacity was also seen as vital to settlement member support for the programme.