Remembering and Igniting Fires: Prescribed Burns as Memory Work


This paper explores the practice of controlled burning in Canadian national parks. National park fire managers and ecologists are dependent on understanding the role of fire in the landscape and for this they are dependent on memories from Indigenous and colonial communities, and even the “memory” of the landscape itself. Their understanding is part of a wider context of discourse about the use and stewardship of forested land in the Anthropocene.