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.

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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.

Quality

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…



News

#2020IMW Applications: Now Open
Want to learn how to support your community with geospatial technologies and reclaim Indigenous Place and Space? Apply to #2020IMW today! 

New Directions for Carolyn Whittaker
It is with warm remembrances that we announce the departure of our Director, Carolyn Whittaker from Firelight. Carolyn has decided to step down at this moment to focus on her family. We want to take this opportunity to reflect on the impact she has had on Firelight, our staff, and the many communities she has worked with over the past 10 years. 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 as we begin to conduct field work in communities where requested.

Indigenous Communities and Pandemics, Past and Present
Read our latest blog post about how Indigenous communities have been impacted by pandemics across Turtle Island and throughout history here.

Environmental impact assessments and Indigenous rights should not be impacted for the sake of rapid post COVID-19 economic recovery.
Read our full statement 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.


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.

Offices

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

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