Fire prevention policies of the past have created conditions for today’s out-of-control blazes, experts say
By Yvette Brend, CBC News, July 15, 2017
The grandchildren of Annie Kruger remember her lighting an Export A Green cigarette, throwing on her logger’s jacket and heading out to set fires near Penticton, B.C.
Before she died she was a firekeeper — as were generations before her in the Okanagan region of the province — and it was her job to use flames to purify the land by setting fire to berry bushes, hillsides and even mountains to renew growth and clear brush and create natural fireguards. Read the rest of this entry
‘Being able to be taught to do something my ancestors were doing — it’s like I’m following in their footsteps’
CBC News, March 8, 2017
The Little Shuswap Indian Band in B.C.’s Shuswap region is carving canoes for the first time in over 60 years.
The band partnered with the Okanagan Indian Band to relearn canoe-making skills and every day band members have been working on the shores of Little Shuswap Lake at Quaaout Lodge carving out two large canoes. Read the rest of this entry
Only 18,000 sockeye expected to return to B.C.’s South Okanagan
CBC News, July 28, 2015
A potentially catastrophic collapse of the sockeye salmon run is unfolding on the Columbia River system this year.
Scientists once predicted that about 100,000 sockeye would return to spawning grounds in the rivers and streams in British Columbia’s South Okanagan region.
In fact, it was supposed to be one of the largest sockeye runs in recent history, said Okanagan Nation Alliance fish biologist Richard Bussanich. Read the rest of this entry