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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.


Celebrate National Indigenous History with CIP

On the 25th and 26th of June, CIP will be hosting three Indigenous Planning CPL webinars featuring expert speakers, reflecting the vast spectrum of Indigenous planning issues. The 60-90 minute webinars will be live streamed via GoToWebinar, allowing participants the opportunity to contribute using a chat feature. Only one registration is required to access the full webinar series, and the sessions will be recorded and posted to the CIP Learning Hub at a later date. 

Tuesday, June 25th 

The City of Saskatoon's ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide 
3:30pm-4:30pm Eastern time

Dana Kripki, RPP, MCIP, Senior Planner, City of Saskatoon
Gilles Dorval, Indigenous Initiatives Director, City of Saskatoon

Participants will hear from Dana Kripki and Gilles Dorval, winners of the CIP Awards for Planning Excellence's inaugural reconciliation category (Merit) for their communications guide. The guide's purpose is to help the City's staff better understand their relationship with Indigenous partners and to aid in developing positive relationships. The City of Saskatoon was commended by CIP for taking another step on its path towards reconciliation and being one of the first municipalities to do such a high-profile project to improve its relations with First Nations within and surrounding the City.

Wednesday, June 26th

Reflections on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern time

Speakers: Jeff Hamm RPP, MCIP, Principal, Geoplan Consulting

In this webinar, Jeff Hamm will reflect on the findings of the recent inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, entitled Reclaiming Power and Place. Having been involved in over 25 hearings, Jeff's personal connection to the Inquiry places him in a unique position to reflect on the report from a personal and professional perspective.

Northeast False Creek Plan
2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern time

Catarina Gomes, RPP, MCIP, Vancouver Park Board
Reena Soutar, Reconciliation Planner, Vancouver Park Board

The City of Vancouver and Vancouver Park Board have embarked on a journey to create a values-driven park that connects people to land and water, inspired by and supporting Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh cultural practices --a physical expression of Reconciliation. This presentation will describe the innovative engagement process with local First Nations to understand more deeply the values and principles that matter to them, how this process is changing the way staff works day-to-day, and how it translates into a living urban park in the heart of Vancouver.

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CIP Policy Statement - Planning Practice and Reconciliation

CIP's newly launched policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation defines the role that planning and planners play in 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), this policy 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, comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practioners, 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


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.

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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