January 2018




January 17, 12-1pm, Ring House 3


Speaker: Tara McGee, Professor, Human Geography program, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences


Title:  Wanting to stay behind during a wildfire:  Insights from the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership


Evacuations are used in Canada and elsewhere to protect lives during wildfires and other hazard events.  Although many people will evacuate when ordered to do so, some people do not plan to leave and some stay behind.  Tara McGee will present findings from research carried out as part of the First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership about why residents from Mishkeegogamang First Nation did not want to leave their community during a wildfire.   









January 31, 12-1pm, Ring House 3


Speaker: Stephanie Montesanti, Assistant Professor,  Health Policy, School of Public Health


Title: Understanding the Health Impacts of Wildfires to Indigenous Peoples and Communities in Northern Alberta.


The 2016 Horse River Wildfire (HRW) caused the largest wildfire evacuation in Canadian History. Little is known about how wildfires affect the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. This presentation will describe a CIHR-funded study to examine how the Indigenous population in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo was impacted by the wildfire. The study was launched in partnership between the University of Alberta and the Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre. Dr. Montesanti will share preliminary findings on the health and mental health impacts from the wildfire to Indigenous residents, Indigenous stories of resilience, and community and policy engagement strategies.