Leaders of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation are concerned about their territory being opened up for moose hunting after the summer's devastating wildfires. Moose populations have declined in recent years, and the wildfires only served to decrease the population even more.
Federal and provincial ministers and First Nations groups met on September 5, 2017, to discuss efforts to rebuild parts of British Columbia after the summer's devastating wildfires.
Currently, 130 wildfires are still burning in British Columbia, with smoke reaching Washington State. August is usually the worst month for wildfires. While some residents have been allowed to return home, others are still being evacuated.
Bruce Cunningham, a former firefighter, has fought numerous wildfires and was sometimes on the front lines. He developed a deep camaraderie with fellow firefighters as they faced dangerous situations together.
Researchers are working with First Nations communities to understand what happens to Indigenous people during an evacuation.
Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tl’etinqox First Nation west of Williams Lake said that 60 of 280 members stayed behind to fight the wildfires and save their homes and property.
In Williams Lake, British Columbia, more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert. As wildfires rage out of control, firefighters prepare for lightening and high winds to complicate an already dangerous situation.
By Sunday evening, more than 7000 people had been ordered to evacuate to escape wildfires that rage across southern and central British Columbia.