Wildfire Smoke Project

Health Canada is collaborating with CIER to co-lead multiple engagement sessions with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada as part of the first phase of a multi-year project. The aim of these sessions is to exchange knowledge on smoke from wildfires and wood heating, identify knowledge gaps, information needs and project priorities. 

Wildfire and Wood Heating – Indigenous Knowledge, Consultation, Translation and User Training Project 

One of the key objectives for the engagement sessions is to gather feedback on  a new citizen science portal for sharing PM2.5 exposure data related to biomass smoke from wildfires and wood combustion for home heating to ensure the meaningful integration of Indigenous Knowledge and sensitivity to cultural beliefs.  

Portal Mock-Up Link: https://hcscpsd.shinyapps.io/SmoKE/

The sessions also focus on how the project can most effectively support community level actions to reduce exposures and health risks from smoke from wildfires and wood heating and address challenges to communication and adoption of mitigation measures. 

The final report will be posted shortly. 

Session Materials

On this webpage, you will find the materials shared at the various engagement sessions in PDF format.


Lynn Mallett, Project Manager, CIER ([email protected])

Shianne McKay, Senior Project Manager, CIER ([email protected])

Jason Cook, Climate Change Associate, CIER ([email protected]

Éric Lavigne, Chercheur scientifique | Research Scientist

Bureau de la science et de la recherche en santé environnementale | Environmental Health Science and Research Bureau [email protected]

Lulu (Jia Lu) Gao, Epidemiologist | Épidémiologiste, Population Studies Division | Division d’études sur la population

Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch | Direction générale de la santé environnementale et de la sécurité des consommateurs [email protected]

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