Environmental Assessment Support

Environmental assessment (EA) processes triggered by proposed industrial developments can be time-consuming and process-heavy. Our support can be critical for Indigenous groups who want to protect their rights, and the lands, waters, and natural resources they rely upon.

What We Do

We help communities to participate effectively in environmental assessments by providing guidance and support through all stages of these processes, and the research and analysis that communities need to make informed decisions and effect change. Firelight’s regulatory support includes analyzing options, providing strategic advice, and writing formal submissions. Our work brings together research from many areas — traditional knowledge and use, ecology, socio-economic — which highlights opportunities and obstacles.


We have extensive experience with provincial, territorial, and federal environmental assessment and regulatory processes, and have worked on major projects assessments for mining, road building, hydroelectricity, and oil and gas development, among other sectors.

Capacity Building

We provide orientation sessions on federal and provincial environmental assessment processes, to help communities understand how they can more effectively participate, effect change, and protect their rights and interests.


Alistair MacDonald
MA Geography
Edmonton Office
Phone: (780) 488-0090

Aboriginal groups are at a disadvantage during formal EA and regulatory processes. They are highly technical and bureaucratic; they focus on scientific knowledge at the expense of traditional ways of knowing; and timelines are increasingly rapid… Firelight provides support to remove or reduce these barriers, to allow communities to tell their own, often very different story of change, benefits, and risks.

Alistair MacDonald
Firelight EA team lead

Example Projects

Okanagan Nation Alliance Title, Rights and Interests Submission to the Revelstoke Generating Station Unit 6 Project Environmental Assessment Certificate Application

The Firelight Group worked with the Okanagan Indian Band, Westbank First Nation and Penticton Indian Band to document the Okanagan Nations’ Rights and Interests with respect to BC Hydro’s proposed Revelstoke 6 project. Using community-identified valued components and a temporal scale that includes past impacts and changes to Okanagan people, their way of life and their territory, this study uses a cumulative-effects lens to holistically assess project effects on the rights and interests of the Okanagan Nation.

Okanagan Nation Rights and Interests

The Firelight Group

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


VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255


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