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.

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…


Social Return Projects for 2017
Firelight is pleased to fund projects with Dasiqox Tribal Park, Matachewan First NationTr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, and the Tłı̨chǫ Government. Read more… 

Just finished!
Firelight  co-sponsored The 2017 Indigenous Mapping Wananga, Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), New Zealand, May 16-18, 2017

iaiaPanel on Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Knowledge: EA Best Practice. At the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) ConferenceMontreal, QC, April 4-7, 2017

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

The Edı̨ı̨̀ Gots’ǫ Gogǫ̀hłı̨: Where We Were Born – Tłı̨chǫ Birthplace Mapping Project we conducted with the Tlicho Government is now live on the Firelight and Tlicho websites, 2016

Priorities and Needs for First Nations Establishing Indigenous Protected Areas in BC. Jonaki Bhattacharyya, PhD, Carolyn Whittaker, MSc, and the Firelight Group for the Wilburforce FoundationMay 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.


VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
VANCOUVER (604) 563-2245
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255