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.



New Report
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 Foundation
May 2016

New Report
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.

New Report
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

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

iaiaComing Soon
PANEL DISCUSSION: Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Knowledge: EA Best Practice
At the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference
Montreal, QC, 4-7 April 2017

Our Approach

We work for Indigenous communities

Firelight works primarily 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…


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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