Steve DeRoy

MSc Geographic Information Science
Team Lead: Mapping and GIS
Team Co-Lead: Indigenous Planning
Team Co-Lead: Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies
Team Co-Lead: Environmental Assessment Support

Office Phone: (778) 851-0264
Cell Phone: (778) 980-4547
Location: Xwmélch’tstn, West Vancouver Office

Steve is from the buffalo clan, is Anishinaabe/Saulteaux and is from the Ebb and Flow First Nation and Lake Manitoba First Nation in Manitoba. He is the co-founder, director and past president of The Firelight Group. Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop and Indigenous Mapping Collective.

Steve is an award-winning Anishinaabe professional and entrepreneur with expertise in mapping and geographic information sciences, business development, natural resources management, and project management. He has applied his expertise to lead Indigenous Knowledge and use studies for numerous Indigenous groups affected by large-scale energy developments. Since 1998, Steve has mentored Indigenous practitioners, conducted risk assessments, built decision-support systems and monitoring tools, supported land claims, developed best practices, established consultation processes, facilitated community engagement and planning approaches, and supported negotiations between Indigenous communities, governments and industries. Steve is an international speaker and presents at numerous conferences, university lectures and events. Steve has supported both Google and Apple to ensure Indigenous lands are represented on their maps.

Steve is a board member of the Canadian Urban Institute, an advisory board member of the Institute for Integrative Conservation at William & Mary, a moderator of the Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies, and a trainer of the Google Earth Outreach Trainers Network.

The Firelight Group

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


VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255


Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy
Consent to display content from Youtube
Consent to display content from Vimeo
Google Maps
Consent to display content from Google