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Kim Hayward, MA

MA Indigenous Governance

Research Manager


Office Phone: (250) 590-9017

Cell Phone: (778) 350-9056

Location: Victoria Office


Kim Hayward (she/her) is a settler of British ancestry, currently residing on the unceded territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples’ of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Kim holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and an MA in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Her Master’s research explored the social, economic, and cultural merits and risks of land management and negotiation strategies deployed by northern BC First Nations navigating the pressures of the shale gas industry.

Before joining Firelight, Kim spent the last 10 years working with Indigenous communities and organizations in a range of applied research and project management roles in areas of socio-economic importance such as youth education, non-profit sector capacity development, employment and labour market initiatives, and cultural safety in social services. 

Kim’s approach to work and relationship is grounded in a collaborative and self-reflexive ethos, guided by a deep commitment to principles of justice, equity, and Indigenous self-determination.