Our Approach: We support communities in undertaking their own assessments that identify and address what matters most to them, for example impacts from industrial developments, accessing traditional foods, contaminant risks, engaging in cultural activities or accessing jobs and training. Our services include community-led censuses and surveys, baseline socio-economic and health research, and food and diet studies. We integrate our work with our other teams in environmental impact assessment support, traditional use, and impact benefit agreement negotiations to ensure that our work is strategic and provides added value for communities.
Expertise: Our team includes leading social scientists with decades of research experience conducting studies for a broad range of projects from large scale coal mines, hydro dams, gas pipelines and LNG terminals to smaller scale projects like winter roads in the north.
Capacity building: We provide training on monitoring and managing socioeconomic and health effects in Indigenous communities, helping them to establish their own mechanisms for identifying, assessing and monitoring the most important issues that they face.
Quotes: “Data that is available publically on communities rarely measures what matters most to them. We work with communities to make sure they have the data needed to make informed decisions about whether or not the potential changes from industry are acceptable and, if the project proceeds, monitor the impacts against what matters to members in their daily lives.” Diana Gibson, Firelight Socio-economic team lead