Effective July 11, 2021, Saskatchewan entered Step Three of the Re-Opening Roadmap and the public health order relative to COVID-19 was lifted. All restrictions related to the public health order were removed as of that date.

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Community Wildfire Mitigation Program

Since 2000, the Community Wildfire Mitigation Program has played a proactive role in reducing wildfire risk to communities in central and northern Saskatchewan. Working in partnership with the Prince Albert Grand Council, and with funding from Western Economic Development and Indigenous Services Canada, the program has treated fire-prone areas within and around many communities.

The program also provides seasonal employment and training opportunities for northern residents, of whom 87 per cent are Indigenous. Throughout its history, a total of 151 mitigation projects have been completed to protect 55 northern communities, which has resulted in the treatment of over 4,200 acres of land.

A few of these communities include:

  • Grandmother's Bay
  • Stanley Mission
  • Southend
  • Eagle Lake
  • Canoe Narrows
  • Sturgeon Landing

Projects are selected through the program's Community Wildfire Risk Assessment, which identifies potential treatment areas based on the risk of fire and helps determine the priority of each project. Ministry of Environment employees prescribe areas for treatment and locally hired contract crews remove natural fuel such as deadfall, underbrush and branches. These materials cause wildfires to grow and spread, with increasing potential to damage buildings and property. Forested areas are trimmed, and the cleanup provides a buffer that obstructs wildfires from entering communities.

A box quote describing outcomes of the Community Wildfire Mitigation Program.

The Community Wildfire Mitigation Program has been successful in protecting northern communities, fostering co-operation between municipalities and First Nations, and providing opportunities for Indigenous people. Since 2015, 552 northern residents have gained seasonal employment and training, and 1,270 acres of land has been treated. Through this collaboration with First Nation and other northern communities, mitigation projects have been completed in all wildfire-prone First Nations in Saskatchewan.

In 2018-19, the Ministry of Environment continued its partnership with First Nations, with $1.2 million of funding for mitigation through Indigenous Services Canada. This process is now being used as a federal template for First Nations mitigation program funding throughout Canada, beginning in 2019.

An infographic highlighting important information about the Ministry of Environment's Community Wildfire Mitigation Program.

For more information, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/firesmart.

Source: Ministry of Environment

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