In this series, 11 climate catastrophe survivors narrate what they’ve endured and their thoughts on how to create a more resilient future. The Tyee publishes these as-told-to accounts in collaboration with the University of Victoria-based Climate Disaster Project, whose members used trauma-informed techniques in conducting the interviews.
“Survivors of Climate Disasters, in Their Own Words” is part of The Tyee’s larger series “Bracing for Disasters" which investigates how to support evacuees and save lives as extreme weather worsens in B.C.
This project was funded by the inaugural Lieutenant Governor’s BC Journalism Fellowship. The Tyee retained complete editorial control of this series.
In This Series
'We Looked into the Eyes of the Beast'
Told in his own words, Ken Pite recalls the thoughts running through his head the day he fled flaming Lytton. Part of a series.
‘We Know That No Matter What We Have Each Other’
In her own words, Racine Jeff tells how wildfire changed the land, and life, for her Tŝilhqot’in community.
‘Like Somebody Took a Chalkboard Eraser and Erased My Life’
In her own words, Maggie Lord tells of lovingly creating an orchard haven, only to see it burn.
‘It Was Dark, and You Could Hear Water Rushing’
In her own words, Rochelle Rupert tells of waking up to the nightmare of the Coldwater River poised to invade her home.
‘I Knew in the Back of My Head that Lytton Was Gone’
In her own words, Michele Feist recounts her wildfire escape and the steep road to rebuilding.
‘You're Leaving Your Life Behind’
In her own words, Billie Sheridan describes fleeing fire and ‘having to be rock solid for the kids.’
‘It Looked Like an Animal, Just Arms of Fire Going Forward’
Micha Kingston reflects on post-wildfire parenting. ‘How will I prepare her for this world?’ Part of a series.
‘Everything Else from My Whole Past Was All Gone’
In her own words, Donna Rae recounts her flood ordeal and gets real about living on a pension after a climate catastrophe.