Helping the Waterton community rebuild
In September 2017, the Kenow wildfire burned through the Waterton landscape. More than an estimated 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) of NCC conservation lands and nearly 60 kilometres of fencing and numerous structures were burned.
In the wake of the property damage and the emotional toil, the community banded together to rebuild and carry on with their way of life.
Each year, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) hosts an annual community Eat and Greet, which includes a dinner and an evening of speakers. This year’s topic was Community After the Fire. Five speakers discussed the impacts of the wild fire and how it may affect the landscape and, as a result, the community going forward.
The emotional evening took many of the presenters and audience members back to the stress, fear and loss brought on by the Kenow fire. But in the end, some clarity and hope for the future was achieved. Great tragedies often demonstrate the resiliency of the human spirit, the generosity and kindness of both neighbours and strangers, and the collective strength that comes from facing adversity together.
NCC is grateful to the people of the Waterton area for allowing us to play a small part in their community. We are working with the community to rebuild what was lost and damaged in the fire. We are deeply inspired by their commitment to the land and to each other, and we have no doubt that the best days are still ahead.