Craig Candler

PhD Anthropology
Team Co-Lead: Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies
Phone: (250) 590-9017
Location: Victoria Office

Craig is an anthropologist with more than 15 years’ experience working within environmental, regulatory, and aboriginal rights processes. He specializes in traditional knowledge and traditional use studies, cultural and cumulative impact assessment, and First Nations consultation, accommodation and negotiation. Craig’s work is primarily in the domains of ecological, medical, and legal anthropology, and includes a keen interest in what it takes to produce strong, respected, and respectful research.

Craig has worked as a specialist consultant to First Nations, government, and private sector clients in Canada and beyond on projects related to forestry, agriculture, oil and gas, wind power, energy transmission, and mining sectors. Craig has coordinated community-based research programs of all sizes, from small workshops to multi-year studies with multiple communities. He has managed environmental assessment components for major industrial initiatives, and has supported or led First Nation consultation and negotiation teams for communities, Treaty associations, and large and small corporations. Craig has conducted numerous community training workshops on research methods and taught junior and senior level courses at the University of Alberta, UBC and Aurora College in Inuvik.

Craig and his family have lived, traveled and worked extensively in Canada’s North, as well as internationally in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Laos), Africa (Sierra Leone) and Latin America (Cuba).

The Firelight Group

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