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.
We work for Indigenous communities
Firelight works only for Indigenous and local communities, or on projects where communities support our participation.
We provide research, guidance, and support through all stages of environmental assessments, negotiations, and community policy and planning.
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.
We give back to the communities we work with by supporting culturally, politically, or ecologically important initiatives. Learn more about social return…
Firelight collaborates with OCAP® to tackle the challenges and barriers of Indigenous open geospatial data.
See our powerpoint on open data and Indigenous sovereignty.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for Social Return Proposals for Spring 2019
Funding up to $15,000 per project is available through Firelight’s Social Return Fund. Proposals are due June 15th, 2019 at 5pm PT. Download the Call for Proposals and Application Guideline here.
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’ten, February 2017
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.