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Rachel Olson

President and one of the Founding Directors, The Firelight Group
Dr. Rachel Olson is citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon Territory. Rachel has a PhD in Social Anthropology, and she is currently the President and one of the founding directors of The Firelight Group, a research consultancy that works with Indigenous communities in a variety of settings, mainly focusing on environmental assessment processes. Rachel’s experience focuses mainly in the area of Indigenous knowledge systems (IK) and traditional land use (TLU) and how to best incorporate and represent IK within research and environmental assessment processes. She has worked for over 20 years with Indigenous communities across Canada on issues related to IK, health, and resource development. At
Firelight, Rachel is a technical lead of the Traditional Knowledge and Use Study team. She has authored numerous Traditional Knowledge (TK) / Traditional Land Use (TLU) reports for First Nation communities in BC, Alberta, Ontario, the Yukon, and the NWT. Her work has focused on knowledge and use in relation to a number of different industries including: pipelines, wind farms, and mining. She has also testified at environmental review board hearings on Firelight TUS methods, analysis, and assessment.