Indigenous-led climate research station rebuilds after October wildfire

After Canada’s Scotty Creek Research Station was devastated by a late-season wildfire, Permafrost Pathways is helping to rebuild

Wildfire smoke looms over the Scotty Creek tower site. Photo by Joëlle Voglimacci-Stephanopoli

Wildfire smoke looms over the Scotty Creek tower site.

photo by Joëlle Voglimacci-Stephanopoli

In October 2022, Scotty Creek Research Station—a prominent climate research facility in the Northwest Territories (NWT) of Canada—was almost entirely consumed by an unusually late-season wildfire. With five out of nine of the station’s buildings destroyed and an estimated two million dollars of damage to onsite housing, research equipment, solar panels, and lab space, the fire was a “gut punch” to one of the only Indigenous-led climate research stations in the world. But, with support from Permafrost Pathways, the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation (LKFN) who now lead the facility are focusing their attention on rebuilding… Read on Permafrost Pathways.

Permafrost Pathways Research area