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Steven DeRoy

Director, The Firelight Group

Board Member

Steve’s traditional name is Waterdrum Man and he is active in sun dance and other Indigenous ceremonies. He is Anishinabe/Saulteaux and from the Ebb and Flow First Nation in Manitoba. Steve is also a founding director of the Firelight Group, a research group dedicated to providing community-based research and technical support through high-quality, evidence-based research that is respected by communities, as well as government and industry.

Since 1998, Steve has worked as an award-winning cartographer and geographic information systems (GIS) specialist with Indigenous groups across the country and internationally. In more recent years, he provides project management, advisory and senior research support, particularly for cultural impact assessments for large-scale environmental assessments and regulatory processes. He developed a direct-to-digital mapping method for documenting Indigenous land use and occupancy values using Google Earth. He is also actively involved with training local and Indigenous participants with mapping and GIS technologies. Steve has a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science from UCL in London. He is based in North Vancouver with his wife and two children.

Board member since: September 2015


  • West Coast Environmental Law Association
  • West Coast Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund Society