[Iag-list] ICS Seminar tomorrow: Dr Tara McGee (University of Alberta), 'Exploring Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences of Wildfire Evacuation: First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership'

Timothy Neale T.Neale at uws.edu.au
Wed Apr 29 09:40:52 AEST 2015


Tomorrow’s seminar at ICS, University of Western Sydney, will be presented by Dr Tara McGee (University of Alberta).

Title: Exploring Indigenous Peoples’ Experiences of Wildfire Evacuation: First Nations Wildfire Evacuation Partnership

Abstract: Each year, thousands of Canadians are evacuated from their homes due to wildfires. Between 1980 and 2007, almost 1/3 of wildfire evacuations involved Indigenous communities. In 2011, 35 First Nations and Metis communities were evacuated for up to three weeks due to smoke, close proximity of the fire, and power outages due to wildfires. In 2012, a team of researchers started to develop the First Nations wildfire evacuation partnership to examine how First Nations are affected by wildfire evacuations and identify ways to reduce the negative impacts of wildfire evacuations on First Nations people and communities. The partnership includes researchers, eight First Nations communities across Canada that have been evacuated due to recent wildfires, and representatives from government and non-government organisations involved in administering or providing support during evacuations of First Nations communities. In this presentation I will introduce First Nations and wildfire evacuations in Canada and describe the First Nations wildfire evacuation partnership. I will also present initial results from one First Nations community in the province of Alberta, which provide insights into how evacuations are carried out in First Nations communities, residents’ evacuation experiences, and factors that positively and negatively affect residents’ evacuation experiences.

Date: Thursday 30 April 2015
Time: 11.30am - 1pm
Venue: EB.2.21, UWS Parramatta South campus, Sydney

Dr Timothy Neale | Research Fellow
Institute for Culture and Society | University of Western Sydney
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Principal Investigator, 'Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning<http://www.bnhcrc.com.au/research/economics-policy-and-decision-making/232>' project, Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC
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