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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.

 

National Indigenous History Month-CIP Webinar series 2020


In June 2020 for National Indigenous History Month, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) was pleased to offer a week-long webinar series that brought together Indigenous planners, Elders, and experts from across Canada, including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and the Yukon. A broad range of planning topics and issues were discussed and explored, including reconciliation, reclamation, engagement, and traditional knowledge.

Find full recordings of the webinars on the CIP Professional Learning HUB


                                        



CIP Policy Statement - Planning Practice and Reconciliation

Reconciliation

 “...the commitment to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It is a long-term relationship-building, learning, and healing process, as opposed to a specific outcome to be achieved.”

CIP Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation

Against the backdrop of the principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), CIP's policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation is a call to action for planners to engage in meaningful and sustained relationship building with Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Read CIP's full Planning Pratice and Reconciliation policy (context, goals, objectives, and the roles of planners and CIP) by clicking on the adjacent image.

About this Policy

The development of this policy was led by CIP's Indigenous Community Planning Committee, comprising Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners, dedicated to building capacity for Indigenous planning and community development across Canada.

The policy was developed through extensive engagement with Indigenous planning practioners and community leaders, along with CIP members, over an eighteen-month period. Engagement was carried out through the use of individual interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

Read CIP's previously released policies on Healthy Communities and Climate Change here.

For more information about the National Planning Policy Development project, please contact Harry Burchill at Hburchill@cip-icu.ca.
 

 

 
 


Spirit of Change: International Aboriginal Youth Internship



This video chronicles the four months CIP’s aboriginal Canadian interns spent in Region One of Guyana in 2012. The aim of the project was to expose aboriginal Canadian youth to international development and international development work. 




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 "Celebrating Best Practices of Indigenous Planning".


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