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Cultural Burning Art Workshops

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February 2 @ 6:30 pm 8:30 pm

We need your cultural burning stories!Prior to colonization, fire would go through the forest every 1-20 years. Lightning was a small source of fire, but most fires were set by First Nations to manage their settlements, trails, hunting areas, and forests. This was a social event where the community would come together to practice cultural burning and pass on knowledge to the youth (the future Fire Keepers).

Once colonization occurred, the amount of fire on the landscape decreased dramatically and fuel build up within the forests and around communities began to accumulate. Today, we have so much fuel build up that fires become uncontrollable and create a real danger to our homes, forests and future. We want to bring cultural burning back to the landscape and community but need the knowledge of the community to use fire correctly.We hope that through your Art that we can learn about the past to help us move into the future and manage the land in a good, respectful way.

Sign up for the Artwork sessions to share the knowledge of your ancestors, elders and families and help us bring fire back to the community and the landscape. Absolutely no prior experience is needed! Open to everyone aged 16 & up!

The Cultural Burning Artwork Workshops will be held across three evenings in February, with a final meal for everyone on the 4th week. This will be held at the Elizabeth Grouse Gymnasium.

Session 1: February 2nd
Session 2: February 9th
Session 3: February 16th
Dinner: February 23rd

Vaccine passports required and masks must be worn.

Contact Janet Smith to sign up:
250-296-3507 ext 142

(250) 296-3507 ext. 142

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