The healing power of fire

By Matt Simmons Local Journalism Initiative Reporter This is the first story from In the Line of Fire , a series from The Narwhal digging into what is being done to prepare for — and survive — wildfires. Gitanyow Elder Darlene Vegh drips fire onto a patch of dry leaves, moss and twigs on a ridge above Xsit’ax (Kitwanga River) on Wilp Gwaas Hlaam lands in northwest B.C. It’s a clear spring day a few weeks after the winter snowmelt exposed the forest floor. The orange light of the little flames dancing along the ground is soft and warm against the deep shadows cast by the trees. Vegh’s fire starts the day’s cultural burn, an Indigenous-led practice that brings fire back to the land in a good way. Fire —…

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