George Van

BA Geography and Environmental Studies
Junior Researcher
Phone: (250) 590-9017
Location: Victoria Office

George is a Junior Researcher at The Firelight Group in Victoria. He has 3 years of experience conducting research, data management and analysis, writing, and GIS analysis & cartography. He works across several of Firelight’s project teams including Indigenous Planning, Ecology, Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies, and Socio-economic Impact Assessment. 

George holds a B.A. double majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria. His senior years of B.A. studies focused on the socio-economic impacts of marine resource management on BC’s coast, and the incorporation of indigenous values in science. Throughout his degree he explored more broadly themes of climate, energy, sustainability and politics. George’s field experience during his studies include researching at the Hakai Institute and studying environmental science at the University of Copenhagen while on exchange. His future research interests include the integration of indigenous values and other socio-economic and sustainability factors in regional, community and marine planning.

His notable project experience at Firelight includes developing a strategic plan for Coastal Stewardship Network’s Guardian Watchmen Program, writing the Stellat’en First Nation Land Use Plan, ethnohistorical research for Hupačasath First Nation and Heiltsuk Nation, cultural impacts identification and mitigation around Canada’s oil sands for Mikisew Cree First Nation and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and implementing a socio-economic impact assessment for Westbank First Nation in relation to BC Hydro’s WKTP.

In his free time George will be found in the ocean or on a mountain. Prior to working at Firelight, he was the volunteer coordinator at World Fisheries Trust, a covenant monitoring technician at The Land Conservancy of BC, and a volunteer facilitator at Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society. He continues to play and referee in the local rugby community.

The Firelight Group

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


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