Canadian Forest Service Publications
Social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in the 21st century and future research needs. 2015. Christianson, A. International Journal of Wildland Fire 24(2):190-200.
Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 36753
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This article reviews social science research on Indigenous wildfire management in Australia, Canada and the United States after the year 2000 and explores future research needs in the field. In these three countries, social science research exploring contemporary Indigenous wildfire management has been limited although there have been interesting findings about how Indigenous culture and knowledge influences fire management. Research with Indigenous communities may be limited not because of a lack of interest by social scientists, but rather by obstacles to doing research with Indigenous communities, such as ethical and time concerns. Research needs on Indigenous wildfire management are presented, centred on the four pillars of emergency management (preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery).
Plain Language Summary
This article reviews social science research on how wildfires are managed by Indigenous peoples in Australia, Canada, and the United States after the year 2000. First, social science research on how Indigenous people have managed wildfire in Northern Alberta is presented as a case study. Second, contemporary social science research articles published after the year 2000 are reviewed. Finally, suggestions are made for future research in the field of Indigenous wildfire management, including specific research questions that will address how Indigenous people are preparing for, mitigating, responding, and recovering to wildfire events.