Molly is a Research Manager with Firelight. She holds a doctorate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, where her dissertation research focused on conceptions of history and cultural connections to water in the Coast Salish community of Upper Skagit Indian Tribe.
Molly has ten years of experience working with First Nations and Native American tribes as an anthropologist and consultant. She has primarily worked in legal anthropology, supporting communities by providing anthropological research expertise as they prepare for negotiations with industry and government and potential litigation. Before coming to Firelight, she collaborated on projects involving treaty-based hunting and gathering rights, residential school reconciliation processes, human rights tribunals, hydroelectric project licensing, and territory overlap issues.
Molly is an experienced instructor, having taught several courses in the Department of Anthropology at UBC, including an introductory survey course and advanced courses on Northwest Coast ethnography and oral history. She continues to write and publish for community, public, and academic audiences.