The Firelight Group

Research, policy, negotiation, advisory, and capacity building services for Indigenous and local communities

Who Are We?

We are an Indigenous-owned consulting group that works with Indigenous and local communities in Canada and beyond to provide high quality research, policy, planning, mapping, negotiation, and advisory services. Our work focuses on culture, health, socio-economics, ecology, and governance to support the rights and interests of Indigenous communities.

Learn more about our services

Our Approach

We work for Indigenous communities

Firelight works only for Indigenous and local communities, or on projects where communities support our participation.

Comprehensive support

We provide research, guidance, and support through all stages of environmental assessments, negotiations, and community policy and planning.

Capacity building

We build capacity in communities, by training and mentoring through all stages of our work.


We are committed to high quality, objective, evidence-based, peer-reviewed research, and to providing deliverables that are timely, relevant, effective, and respected by all parties.

Social return

We give back to the communities we work with by supporting culturally, politically, or ecologically important initiatives. Learn more about social return…


Indigenous Peoples Day
Our staff have put together a list of our favourite Indigenous books, movies and podcasts. Read the full list here.

Social Return Map
Our GIS Researcher, Jessica Hak Hepburn, mapped out all of the social return projects we have funded to date. Check it out here.
Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter

The Firelight Group stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Read our full statement here.

Online Education – Navigating Our Present Virtual Reality: An Inside Look into Mapping Education Offered Online During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our GIS Researcher, Lauren Tekano, taught a remote training class for GIS/GPS mapping. Learn more about her experience here

Adapting to Uncertainty: First Nations Pandemic Planning
The Firelight Group commends the adaptability and resiliency of Indigenous governments and partners and we would like to raise up the many ways in which Indigenous communities are responding to crisis. Read more here.

Firelight’s Response to COVID-19
Please click here for more information on what Firelight is doing to keep communities and employees safe.

Before working with Firelight I had never collected any traditional land values. They walked me through the process and gave me all the knowledge I need to perform direct-to-digital mapping, including what I would need to direct… The staff are friendly and professional, and I look forward to continuing working with them.

Delta Flood
Land and Resource Manager, Matachewan First Nation
The Firelight Group

Research, policy, planning, mapping, negotiation, advisory, and capacity building services for Indigenous and local communities.


VANCOUVER (604) 563-2245
VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255