CIP acknowledges our respect for and deep gratitude to the Omàmìwininìwag (Algonquin) Anishinabewaki First Nations on whose traditional and unceded territories we are honoured to operate.
CIP’S Statement on National Indigenous History Month 2022:
“June is National Indigenous History Month (NIHM), which is a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. Beyond celebrating Indigenous histories, the month is also an opportunity to appreciate the strength of today’s Indigenous people in communities across Turtle Island, and to reflect on how we can best work together to advance healing and reconciliation. CIP is committed to continuously building a future in which reconciliation is meaningfully embedded in planning practice in across Canada, and with planners building relationships with Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, trust, and dialogue.”
-Dan Huang RPP, MCIP
President, Canadian Institute of Planners
CIP Celebrates National Indigenous History Month 2022
CIP recognizes planners’ unique position to advance the process of reconciliation, which, as stated in CIP’s Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation, is a long-term commitment to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Because the planning profession connects people, land, livelihoods, and governance, planners have a unique role to play in the process of reconciliation.
CIP has noted a number of principles that reflect Indigenous Planning Approaches in its Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation. These approaches promote community-driven and empowering planning, the use of traditional knowledge, and the importance of land stewardship and conservation. As a concrete reconciliatory action, planners can learn about and strive to implement these approaches.
We invite you to explore the resources listed below to gain a better understanding of how planners can incorporate reconciliation into their practices, advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and upholding the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, while developing their professional toolkit.
Learning Opportunities and Resources
The National Planning Conference, Elevation 2.0, features more than a dozen learning opportunities related to Indigenous Planning and reconciliation for in-person and online delegates to participate in, including:
- LT-06: Supporting and Growing Indigenous Tourism in Your Community with Mike Furey, Ms. Cheeying Ho, Alison Pascal, and Brady Smith at 2:00-4:30 p.m PT.
- SS-39: Indigenous-Driven Infrastructure Development: Insights from Proponent First Nations with Mr. Micheal Fox and Mr. Qasim Saddique at 9:15-10:30 a.m PT *Also available online.
On June 24th the Ontario Provincial Planning Institute will be hosting a webinar with members of their Indigenous Planning Advisory Committee to discuss Minister’s Zoning Orders and Indigenous perspectives.
Plan Canada articles:
Below are a selection of articles published in CIP’s Plan Canada magazine. They demonstrate some of the Indigenous planning approaches highlighted above.
- Indigenous Perspectives in Rural Planning by Adam Wright, RPP, MCIP
- Treaty Land Entitlements: Urban Reserves in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area by Alex Hallbom, Emily Halldorson, and Janice Barry, PhD, RPP, MCIP
- A Watershed for Collaboration: A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach to Indigenous Water Stewardship by Robert Patrick, PhD, RRP, MCIP, Graham Strickert, PhD, Tim Jardine, PhD, and Warrick Baijius, PhD
- Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights and the City by Renee Vaugeois
- Older Indigenous people, health, and planning in Canada: a call for thoughtful engagement by Jonathan Boron, Katherine Levett, and Myfannwy Pope
CIP National Indigenous History Month 2021:
In 2021, the Canadian Institute of Planners partnered on a number of virtual events for National Indigenous History Month. These events explored the role of planners in advancing reconciliation. Many of these events were recorded and have been made available online:
- Indigenous Practitioner Perspectives on City Building Panel
- Community-Based Decision Making Through Land Use Planning Under Land Codes Webinar
- Douglas Cardinal: Architect of the Future film screening and Canadian Urbanism Institute’s 5 Key Takeaways[vi]
- New! Climate Atlas – Indigenous Knowledges and Climate Change
- LABRC- Lands Governance Manual, Framework Agreement, First Nation Signatories, Resource Centre
- Decolonizing Housing: Indigenous-led Improvements for Health and Wellbeing
- Co-Operative Housing Federation of Canada – Building Better Relationships: A reconciliation toolkit