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Training is a key goal of Firelight’s approach to working with Indigenous Nations. We want the people in the Nations we work with to be a part of the research process because this research belongs to them, and we want to help create the memory of how those important projects were completed.

The Firelight Group

Our Approach

Firelight endeavours to ensure a transfer of skills and knowledge during our work with Nations. We also aim to integrate community members into our teams, whether they be focused on research, mapping, policy, or negotiations, so that community members gain skills and feel ownership of our work.

Training courses

Firelight also provides training courses for Indigenous
Nations to help enhance their techniques in research,
policy development and negotiation. Some examples of
the training courses we offer include:

  • Hands-on direct-to-digital mapping and data management training with Nations and for larger groups

  • Workshops on running Indigenous Knowledge Research Interviews, working with community researchers on methods and techniques

  • Training sessions on how to use the Impact and Benefit Agreement Community Toolkit – a key resource for First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities in Canada considering impact and benefit agreements, specifically those with mining companies

  • Orientation sessions on federal/provincial EA processes, to help Nations understand how they can more effectively participate and effect change

  • Training on monitoring and managing socio-economic effects, examining methods for monitoring impacts from industrial development

  • Training on the development of community-led environmental monitoring programs that respect the Nation's protocols for looking after the land, water, animals and plants

  • Large-scale Indigenous Mapping Workshops co-hosted by Firelight, during which we deliver technical training on a variety of mapping tools so that participants can collect, manage, share and publish their own map data


Steve DeRoy, MSc GIS
Vancouver Office
Phone: (604) 563-2245

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