Steve DeRoy

MSc Geographic Information Science
Team Lead: Mapping and GIS
Team Co-Lead: Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies
Phone: (604) 563-2245
Location: Vancouver Office

Steve is Anishinabe/Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. He is a director and past president of the Firelight Group. Steve founded the annual Indigenous Mapping Workshop.

Since 1998, Steve has worked as a researcher and professional cartographer / geographic information systems (GIS) specialist, primarily with Indigenous groups in North America. Steve provides project management, senior advisory and technical support for traditional knowledge and use studies; social, economic and health studies; land use planning; treaty land entitlement; and natural resource management. The other aspect of his work is to promote the transfer of knowledge by facilitating hands-on technical training and mentorship with First Nation practitioners. He has facilitated workshops in communities and presented at numerous conferences in Canada and internationally.

Steve is a board member of the West Coast Environmental Law Association, a board member of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society, an advisor to the Metcalf Foundation, a moderator of the Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies, a moderator of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Agriculture (UAV4AG), a co-moderator of the Aboriginal Mapping Network, 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.


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