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2022 Indigenous Wildland Firefighter Honour

Ends on September 15, 2022

Fire researchers, managers, and practitioners from all across Canada, and internationally, attend this conference to share knowledge and build relationships. Two awards are generally handed out during the conference banquet: one for career contributions to wildfire research, and the other for career contributions to wildfire management.

In recognizing the important role Indigenous Peoples play in fire stewardship, wildfire management and knowledge production across Canada, a team of Indigenous fire practitioners have come together to honour the first ever Indigenous Wildland Firefighter at the conference, with the support of the International Association of Wildland Fire. The recipient will be honoured with a blanket ceremony at the conference banquet, and travel will be covered for the recipient and a companion to the conference from their community.

We are currently accepting nominations, and need your help! We are looking for Indigenous fire practitioners and/or wildland firefighters have made exceptional contributions to wildfire management and land stewardship. Please see the attached nomination form. The recipient to be honoured will be chosen by an Indigenous panel.

2022 The Beall Award

Ends on September 16, 2022
The Beall Award recognizes excellence in fostering and supporting wildland fire research, and adopting the results and tools to advance operational fire management in Canada. This biennial award is established to acknowledge the outstanding application of fire science and technology within the fire management community in Canada.

This award is named after Herb W. Beall who was hired by James Wright in 1928 as a summer student to install duff hygrometers at the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station. Beall developed a strong relationship with the provincial and territorial fire management agencies, and understood their needs and priorities. On December 3, 2000, Beall received the Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his distinguished career with the Canadian Forest Service.

The Wildland Fire Canada Conference is accepting nominations for the Beall Award. The award will be presented at the Wildland Fire Canada Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, October 31-November 4, 2022.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee’s contributions. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

2022 The Wright Award

Ends on September 16, 2022
The Wright Award recognizes excellence in wildland fire research, and its significant contribution to the advancement of wildfire management in Canada.

This biennial award is named after James G. Wright who established a fire research program within the Dominion Forest Service (now the Canadian Forest Service) in 1925. His early fire-hazard research at the Petawawa Forest Experiment Station laid the foundation for the development of the current Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS).

The Wildland Fire Canada Conference is accepting nominations for the Wright Award. The award will be presented at the Wildland Fire Canada Conference in Edmonton, Alberta, October 31-November 4, 2022.

To nominate, please compose a letter (no more than 800 words) explaining why the nominee should receive the award, and a list of three or more individuals (with contact information) who confirm the nominee’s contributions. When writing your nomination please assume we do not know the individual you are nominating.

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