The Firelight Group

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

Who Are We?

We are a consulting group that works with Indigenous and local communities in Canada and beyond to provide high quality research, policy, planning, negotiation, and advisory services. Our work focuses on culture, health, socio-economics, ecology, and governance to support the rights and interests of Indigenous communities.

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Our Approach

We work for Indigenous communities

Firelight works only for Indigenous and local communities, or on projects where communities support our participation.

Comprehensive support

We provide research, guidance, and support through all stages of environmental assessments, negotiations, and community policy and planning.

Capacity building

We build capacity in communities, by training and mentoring through all stages of our work.


We are committed to high quality, objective, evidence-based, peer-reviewed research, and to providing deliverables that are timely, relevant, effective, and respected by all parties.

Social return

We give back to the communities we work with by supporting culturally, politically, or ecologically important initiatives. Learn more about social return…


News Release
Gwich’in Council International releases their report, “Impact Assessment in the Arctic: Emergin Practices of Indigenous-led Review.” See the full press release and report here.

Social Return Projects for Fall 2017

Firelight is pleased to fund projects with Westbank First Nation, Stellat’en First NationKwikwetlem First Nation, and Tsawout First Nation. Read more…

New Reports

Water is Everything: nipî tapîtam – An Indigenous Understanding of the Oustanding Universal Value of Wood Buffalo National Park. Prepared by Mikisew Cree First Nation with support from Craig Candler, PhD, Gillian Gregory, PhD, and the Firelight Group, May 2016 (released online July 2017)

Culture and Rights Impact Assessment: A Survey of the Field. Prepared by Ginger Gibson and the Firelight Group for Mikisew Cree First Nation, May 2017 

Indigenous Communities and Industrial Camps: Promoting Healthy Communities in Settings of Industrial Change. Prepared by the Firelight Group with Lake Babine Nation and Nak’azdli Whu’tenFebruary 2017

Madziih (caribou) Tsáá? ché ne dane Traditional Knowledge and Restoration StudyDoig River First Nation with the Firelight Group and the David Suzuki Foundation, December 2016

Before working with Firelight I had never collected any traditional land values. They walked me through the process and gave me all the knowledge I need to perform direct-to-digital mapping, including what I would need to direct… The staff are friendly and professional, and I look forward to continuing working with them.

Delta Flood
Land and Resource Manager, Matachewan First Nation
The Firelight Group

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


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