After the scorching summer and the fires that ravaged the country last year, the Government of Canada is providing more than $500 million, in particular to train firefighters, and recognizes the importance of integrating the knowledge of Aboriginal peoples into fire fighting.
“We have seen the devastating effects that wildfires and natural disasters can have on Canadians and their communities,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, acknowledging the impact of climate change in intensifying related threats. at the traffic lights.
Under Budget 2022 for Communities, $516 million will be provided to train 1,000 additional firefighters, incorporate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge into fire management, help provinces, territories and First Nations communities purchase equipment firefighting as well as develop a new satellite system for monitoring forest fires, announced via press release the federal government on Friday.
"Climate change is here, it's real, and now more than ever we need to pull together to protect our people, our forests, our wildlife and our food supply from longer, hotter summers," said Minister Patty Hajdu. of Indigenous Services. The investments in Budget 2022 will go a long way to putting Indigenous knowledge at the forefront of emergency management, while continuing our work on the path to reconciliation.”
In British Columbia, a region severely affected by fires last year, $8.4 million will be awarded through the First Nations Emergency Services Society to support emergency planning, preparedness and response in First Nations communities.
“Based on current forecasts, the wildfire situation could be difficult this summer in some parts of the country. Given the forecast for hot and dry weather, there could be an increase in fires in much of Canada.