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Indigenous Planning

Many goals of Canada's Indigenous communities (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Urban Aboriginal) intersect with planning concerns. These goals include preserving language and culture, building governance and planning systems, investing in community health and wellness, practicing sustainable resource management, establishing self-reliant economies, developing sustainable food and energy systems and improving community housing and infrastructure.

 

CIP Policy of Indigenous Community Planning

In 2017, CIP will begin developing a policy on Indigenous Community Planning, which will define CIP’s principles and guidelines related to Indigenous planning. The development of this policy will include collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations across Canada. CIP will also create an external Indigenous advisory group to support the policy development, as well as other related initiatives.
 
The process, led by the Indigenous Community Planning Committee (see list of committee members below), will begin with the development of a Policy Framework on Indigenous Community Planning and the creation of an Indigenous advisory group, followed by extensive research, information gathering, and consultation amongst CIP stakeholders and Indigenous communities.
 
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In 2003, CIP established the Indigenous Community Planning Committee (ICPC) in order to build capacity and support for indigenous planning and community development across Canada. ICPC promotes agency cooperation and collaboration to assist indigenous communities and groups to achieve their own aspirations for sustainable development. It welcomes the participation of indigenous communities, organizations and individuals.

The ICPC provides assistance in areas such as comprehensive community planning and development, governance, health and wellness, social development, energy and infrastructure, environment and climate change, education and learning, grants and funding, culture revitalization and international affairs and outreach.
 

Some initiatives undertaken by CIP in the area of Indigenous Planning include:

  • Publishing a Plan Canada Winter 2016 special issue "Indigenous Planning"
  • Contribution Agreement with Natural Resource Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's to develop Climate Change adaptation plans and Toolkit in Nunavut
  • Publishing a Plan Canada Summer 2013 Special Indigenous Edition "Indigenizing Planning / Planning to Indigenize"
  • Participating in Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's (AANDC) 2012 Pre-forum Dialogue on a Proposed National Indigenous Planning Forum (Vancouver, BC)
  • Providing Mentorship support for the 2012 WorldLink International Aboriginal Youth Internship (IAYI) Program (Ottawa, ON)
  • Presenting at the 2011 IPEX School on Models of Indigenous Development conference (Chiapas, Mexico)
  • Participating in the 2010 International Roundtable on Indigenous Planning and Land Use Management hosted by the University of Saskatchewan at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, (Saskatoon, SK)
  • Presenting at the 2010 Circle for Aboriginal Relations Annual Conference: Stewardship: Integrating Cultural Values in Land Use Planning Recent initiatives
  • Publishing a Plan Canada Summer 2008 Special Indigenous Edition 
  • Publishing a Plan Canada Summer 2013 Special Indigenous Edition "Celebrating Best Practices of Indigenous Planning"


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