Social Return

Social Return is one of Firelight’s four founding principles.
It can be difficult for communities to find funding for some projects which are culturally, politically, or ecologically important. Twice a year our Social Return Program funds community-based projects or programs with partial or full funding up to $15,000.

The projects that we fund must have high cultural significance by design and must meet at least two of the following criteria: community-based; of cultural or ecological importance; legacy project; giving back to the community.


Rachel Olson
PhD Anthropology
Phone: (604) 563-2245

Social Return Projects

Click on the icons in the map above to learn more about the Social Return projects Firelight has funded. Below is a complete list of projects Firelight has funded to date.
  • ?Esdilagh First Nation – Food Fight, Traditional Food Workshop
  • Cowichan Tribes – Intangible
    Cultural Heritage of Cowichan Tribes Core Territory
  • SkeenaWild Conservation Trust – Salmon Stories for Change: A Theatrical Performance Tour and Archival Collection from Transboundary Alaskan Indigenous People
  • Lakeland Metis Community – Lakeland Métis Community Credible Assertion of Métis Rights – Documenting Geological History
  • Lamothe – Testing for Mercury in Fraser Basin Sediment in Relation to Placer Gold Mining
  • Okanagan Indian Band – Costing Assessment for Komasket Outdoor Arbor Revitalization
  • Penelakut First Nation – Penelakut First Nation Trail Development for Education, Recreation, and Ethnobotany
  • Westbank First Nation – Westbank First Nation – Replanting Traditional Plant Species in the Syilx Traditional Territory
  • Mosquoy – Mosqoy –  Curriculum Development: Intergenerational Cultural & Gender Empowerment
  • Teetł’it Gwich’in – Ganah Khoonatan – Gwich’in Land-based Learning in Teetł’it Zheh – Connecting Youth to the Land
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) – 2018 IMW Montreal
  • National Indigenous Survivors of Child Welfare Network- Geolive Project: Sharing the Life Stories of those Affected by the Sixties Scoop
  • Canary Research Institute – Report on Mining and Water Quality Standards Project
  • Kwikwetlem First Nation – Kwikwetlem First Nation, Reclaiming Our Medicines: Community Capacity Building Around Traditional Plants
  • Tsawout First Nation – Tsawout First Nation, Traditional Foods Knowledge Transfer and Indigenous Foods Gathering
  • Dasiqox Tribal Park – Dasiqox Tribal Park – Talking to the Land: Tsilhqot’in Traditional Knowledge Transfer
  • Matachewan First Nation – Matachewan First Nation, Elder Teachings on the Land
  • Stellat’en First Nation – Stellat’en First Nation, Stellat’en Head Start Dakelh Language Guide
  • Tłı̨chǫ Government – Tłı̨chǫ Puberty Rites of Passage and Ceremonies
  • Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation – Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, Preserving Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in knowledge and practice: Documenting the construction and use of a fish wheel in the Yukon
  • Westbank First Nation – Westbank First Nation, Syilx Forestry Standards Toolkit
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) – 2017 IMW Winnipeg
  • Fort Nelson First Nation – Cabin Building
  • Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Tribal Council (MDTC)Trapper’s Cabin: Revitalizing and Building Family-Owned Trap Lines
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council – Ktunaxa Archival Study
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) – 2016 IMW Vancouver
  • Tłı̨chǫ Government – Tłı̨chǫ Birthplace Mapping
  • Doig River First Nation – Cumulative Effects Workshop
  • Nakazdli Indian Band – Nakadzldli: Re-awaken The Nyanwhutni Trail
  • Sauteau First Nations (SFN) – Saulteau First Nation Ethnobotanical Handbook for Land Reclamation and Knowledge Transfer
  • Chapleau Cree – Cultural Program Expansion
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) – 2015 IMW Waterloo
  • UBC – GeoLive Referrals Toolkit
  • Lake Babine First NationBabine Solidary in Protecting our Families from Pipeline Impacts
  • Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) – ACFN Graves and Historic Sites Restoration
  • Ktunaxa Nation Council – Qatmuk Culture Camp: Elder Teachings on the Land
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshop (IMW) – 2014 IMW Victoria
  • Yukon IBA Workshop
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