B.K. White has lived in the town of Hoburn for 30 years and is convinced that the town will thrive again, despite the devastation of the wildfires.
He says his life has been changed by the fires and the loss of homes, but he is confident his town will return.
“I’m not just here because it’s a beautiful place,” he said.
It’s a family, it’s an extended family. “
Hoburn is a community.
It’s a family, it’s an extended family.
People will come to you to do the work.
I don’t see why it can’t continue to do that.”
Aboriginal community is recovering from the fires in Hobrene, British Columbia.
3:19 The wildfires destroyed the town’s historic homes and forced the evacuation of more than 300 residents.
But in a community where Indigenous peoples are the majority, residents are still coming together to rebuild and rebuild.
“We’re working really hard to get it back and I think the community is getting back on track,” White said.
“We’ve seen a lot of healing and reconciliation happen in our community since the fires.
I’m not here to judge what they have to go through but I can assure you that they’re getting it done.”
White is the director of the Hoburn Historical Society and is helping to set up a community centre at Hoburn Elementary School to provide services and support for the community.
Hoburn residents say they’re eager to return to their homes and that the fires will eventually be replaced by new homes.
“As long as we’re able to get back to living, we will,” said White.
“But the fires, in my opinion, were a wake-up call.”
The Hoburn Historic Homes Association, the local government agency, has launched a $1-million fundraising campaign to rebuild Hoburn and other towns in British Columbia and Alberta, including Red River, Port Coquitlam and Squamish.
The Hobson Historical Society is also hosting a memorial service to remember the fire victims in Hobunu on Nov. 5.
The group will also host a memorial dinner for Hobunus’ first female mayor, Susan Boudreau.
“The people of Hobunum are the heroes,” said the mayor, who will be buried in Red River.
“In this town, there are so many women who are heroes who fought and died for their communities and the values that they hold dear.”
The mayor’s widow, who was on the job for the past 15 years, will be honoured with a state-of-the-art memorial hall in Hobunnu.
Bouds has lived for 25 years in Hobannu, where her family still lives.
“She’s one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever known,” White says.
“To see her walking down the street, it would be hard to describe.
You could see it in her eyes.”
Boudreaus will be remembered for her commitment to improving the health of Hobunnus’ people.
She is known for her efforts to expand access to education and health services and for being the first woman to hold elected office.
She will be celebrated with a memorial feast in Red and Squambush on Nov, 6.
“Susan Boudrier is a remarkable woman, and we all need to pay tribute to her,” White added.
The fire’s devastating impact has also been felt in B.J. Red, the town on the north coast of B.D. Howe.
The town has lost over 1,400 homes.
It has been transformed, said White, with the town now in recovery from the flames.
People need to get out of Hobannus and rebuild, because we need to go back to the way things were.”