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 conducts research, data management and collection, methodology development, proposal and budget writing, and GIS mapping. He works with many of Firelight’s various project teams, including TUS, Indigenous Planning, Ecology, and Socio-economic Impact Assessment. 

George’s B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria helped develop in him a passion for understanding local political ecology, geopolitics, and furthering the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples. His notable project experience includes Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies for Wahgoshig First Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, and Stellat’en First Nation, Westbank First Nation’s Socio-economic Baseline for BC Hydro’s West Kelowna Transmission Project, Strength-of-claim Research Study for Heiltsuk Nation, Sea Asparagus Inventory for K’ómoks First Nation, and GIS mapping support for Fort Nelson First Nation’s Guardian Program and Okanagan Indian Band’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge Survey. His notable undergraduate research project topics at UVic included the future shape of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada, socio-economic resilience-building for fisheries in BC, and harvestable plant mapping in Heiltsuk territory.

George loves the outdoors and in his free time will be found surfing, hiking, climbing, paddling, and biking any of the local spots. 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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