CIP respectfully acknowledges it is located on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation. CIP values the past and ongoing stewardship of all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
CIP Recognizes National Indigenous History Month 2023
“This June, Canadians celebrate National Indigenous History Month and come together to honour the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The month marks an opportunity to learn more about Indigenous knowledge and contributions since time immemorial, and compels us to appreciate the strength and resiliency of Indigenous communities across Turtle Island. CIP recognizes that reconciliation is a fundamental component of achieving inclusive and vibrant communities that are respectfully connected to the natural world for the well-being of current and future generations. Looking toward the future, Canadian planners must continue to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous peoples based on mutual respect, trust, and dialogue, and work together to equitably advance the planning profession.”
Dan Huang RPP, MCIP
President, Canadian Institute of Planners
As CIP’s Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation details, the planning profession is interconnected with the process of reconciliation and has a responsibility to facilitate strong, respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
With planning practices operating at the nexus of land, livelihoods, policy, and governance, the profession acknowledges the detrimental impact that discriminatory planning practices have had and strives to pursue meaningful engagement with Indigenous communities. This includes the continued learning and adoption of inclusive planning approaches that recognize Indigenous rights, values, and knowledge systems. By taking action and working collaboratively with Indigenous communities, planners can ensure better outcomes for all.
As one of its five strategic action issues, reconciliation is an important priority for CIP. The Institute continues to support Indigenous planning approaches and broader cultural efforts toward reconciliation. It is also working to promote Indigenous cultural awareness across the profession and seeks to support Indigenous planners to help assist in ensuring their success within the profession. CIP supports the principles put forward in the TRC Final Report and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and recognizes the impact they have on planning.
In recognition of National Indigenous History Month, CIP is proud to share a joint statement with the Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIA) and Professional Standards Board (PSB). Through this statement, we encourage members and planning professionals at large to “…[strengthen] relationships with the Indigenous Peoples of their territory and find meaningful ways to incorporate Indigenous knowledge systems into their planning practice”.
Read the statement here.
NCC’s Urbanism Lab: Lessons in Indigenous Planning – Exploring best practices in Indigenous planning and design
On June 6, CIP proudly partnered with the National Capital Commission (NCC) for Lessons in Indigenous Planning, the final event in the ninth season of the NCC Urbanism Lab.
This panel discussion discusses just some of the traditions, sustainable practices, and innovative approaches that are employed by Indigenous communities in managing and stewarding their ancestral territories. Through presentations led by Dr. Ted Jojola, Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning, and David Thomas, Planning and Design Lead at Treaty One Development Corporation, this event offers great insight into the vital role that Indigenous land-use planning plays in preserving cultural heritage, protecting ecosystems, and promoting sustainable development.
Click here to watch the recording of this event.
Coming This October: The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada
CIP is proud to begin offering the Indigenous cultural competency program The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada in French and English this October. This online course was created by NVision, a majority Indigenous-owned consulting company dedicated to empowering Indigenous communities. The Path is an acclaimed and interactive 5-module course on the history and contemporary realities of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada, and is being fully updated with a more interactive format and new lessons on land acknowledgements, unmarked graves, urban Indigenous realities, and Canada’s UNDRIP Act. Stay tuned for more details – and follow The Path on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay connected.
New: Indigenous-Related Postings on CIP’s National Job Board
As of June 1, 2023, job postings seeking an Indigenous employee, being placed by an Indigenous employer, and/or related to an Indigenous-focused job or internship will be eligible for a complimentary posting on CIP’s National Job Board. For questions, email email@example.com.
Indigenous-Focused Sessions at Navigation
Navigation, CIP and API’s joint national conference, features sessions dedicated to advancing knowledge on Indigenous planning and reconciliation. These include “Innovative Consultation Approaches on Indigenous-led Projects: Navigating opportunities, challenges, and expectations” and “Connecting to our roots through c̓əlisələm”, offered on-site in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) and online. Recordings will be available following the conference.
Ahead of the conference, CIP encourages any attendees who may be in the area to attend the Mawita’jik Competition Pow Wow 2023. The pow-wow will be held at the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth, NS, from Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, and features competitors and organizers from across North America. Read the event flyer for more information.
CIP-PSTF: SOAR Professional Services Indigenous Student Bursary
Since 2022, CIP is proud to support the CIP/ICU-Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) in administering the SOAR Professional Services Indigenous Student Bursary. This $5,000 bursary is awarded to an Indigenous student working towards a planning degree whose research background is reflective of their Indigenous traditions and culture and their commitment to making meaningful change in Indigenous communities.
CIP and CIP-PSTF wish to congratulate the 2023 recipient of this award, Sophia Elliott. For more information on the SOAR Professional Services Indigenous Student Bursary, please visit the CIP-PSTF website.
Indspire: College of Fellows Indigenous Planning Student Award
Launched in 2022, this annual award of $5,000 supports an Indigenous student in their post-secondary studies at an accredited Canadian planning program. Administered by Indspire, with the generous financial support of Urban Systems and the College of Fellows, the award was established “to contribute to broadening Canadian planning practice to better include Indigenous professional voices”. Find out more about the College of Fellows Indigenous Planning Student Award.
CIP has compiled an updated list of resources on reconciliation and Indigenous history, governance, and planning. We encourage you to use this as a tool to inform your professional practices and expand your personal knowledge of and connection with Indigenous cultures and values.
CIP Policies, Magazines, and Journal Articles
- Canadian Planning and Policy Article: “Canadian Federalism, Indigenous-state Relations, and the Algonquin Land Claim” (Jenna Davidson RPP, MCIP)
- Canadian Planning and Policy Article: “Ethnocultural diversity, Indigeneity, and intercultural understanding in the context of planning for reconciliation: Perspectives from the City of Winnipeg, Manitoba” (Sarem Nejad PhD, RPP, Leela Viswanathan, PhD, RPP, FCIP, and Ryan Walker RPP, MCIP)
- Canadian Planning and Policy Article: “‘Unless You Get to Know Us, you’re Not Going to Know Our passion’: From Consultation to Co-Management on Nadleh Whut’en First Nation Territory” (Rebecca DeLorey, Mark Groulx, PhD, RPP, MCIP, Chief Larry Nooski, Beverly Ketlo, and Angel Ransom RPP, MCIP)
- CIP’s Policy on Indigenous Planning (Webinar on CIP’s Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation)
- Plan Canada Article: Indigenous Peoples, Human Rights, and the City (Renée Vaugeois)
- Plan Canada Article: Indigenous Perspectives in Rural Planning (Adam Wright RPP, MCIP)
- Plan Canada Article: Older Indigenous people, health, and planning in Canada: a call for thoughtful engagement (Jonathan Boron, Katherine Levett, and Myfannwy Pope)
- Plan Canada Article: Treaty Land Entitlements: Urban Reserves in the Winnipeg Metropolitan Area (Alex Hallbom, Emily Halldorson, and Janice Berry PhD, RPP, MCIP)
- Plan Canada Article: A Watershed for Collaboration: A Multi-Jurisdictional Approach to Indigenous Water Stewardship (Robert Patrick PhD, RPP, MCIP, Graham Strickert PhD, Tim Jardine PhD, and Warrick Baijius PhD)
CIP Webinars and Presentations
- Elevation Presentation: Keynote by Chief Dana Tizya-Tramm
- Elevation 2.0 Presentation: Asking the Tough Questions: Using an Equity Lens in Social Planning and Poverty Reduction
- Elevation 2.0 Presentation: Indigenous-Driven Infrastructure Development: Insights from Proponent First Nations
- Generation Presentation: Keynote by Dr. Hayden King
- PLACE21 Presentation: Pipeline Protests as Indigenous Planning on the Frontlines
- Webinar: Approaches to tackling climate change through land use planning and Indigenous planning
- Webinar: Beyond consultation: Learning to let treaties guide planning
- Webinar: Bridging Communities: ayisīnowak: A Communications Guide
- Webinar: Community-Based Decision Making Through Land Use Planning Under Land Codes
- Webinar: Community Driven, Nation Based – A New Approach to Health and Wellness Planning
- Webinar: Developing collaborative relationships during times of adversity
- Webinar: Douglas Cardinal: Architect of the Future (more information on the film Douglas Cardinal: Architect of the Future available here)
- Webinar: Engaging with Indigenous Communities
- Webinar: Finding Bimadizowin
- Webinar: Indigenizing the planning process
- Webinar: Indigenous approaches to planning in First Nation communities
- Webinar: Indigenous Practitioner Perspectives on City Building
- Webinar: Land management, planning, and Indigenous communities
- Webinar: Reflecting on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
- Webinar: Remodeling people’s relationship with land
Planning Ecosystem and Allied Profession Resources
- APA Tribal and Indigenous Planning Division
- CSLA Reconciliation Advisory Committee
- Engineers Canada – Reconciliation in Engineering
- NZPI Papa Pounamu
- OPPI Indigenous Perspectives in Planning
- PIBC Planning Practice & Reconciliation Committee
- RAIC Indigenous Task Force
- Business Reconciliation in Canada (Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business)
- Civic-Indigenous Placekeeping and Partnership Building Toolkit (Future Cities Canada / Evergreen)
- Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management (LABRC)
- Free Prior and Informed Consent: An indigenous peoples’ right and a good practice for local communities (FAO, United Nations)
- The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund
- Indigenous Knowledges and Climate Change (Climate Atlas of Canada)
- Indigenous Climate Hub
- Indigenous Heritage and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Indigenous Heritage Circle)
- Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the 2030 Agenda (OHCHR, United Nations)
- Indigenous Trailblazers (Government of Canada)
- It’s Our Time: The AFN Education Toolkit
- National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation – Reports
- National Narrative on Reconciliation (Reconciliation Canada)
- Reconciliation – Government of Canada
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Urbanization and Indigenous Peoples in Canada (National Association of Friendship Centres)
- What Happened? – Interview with Dr. Mary Wilson, TRC Commissioner
- App: Reconciliation: A Starting Point (Government of Canada)
- Course: Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta)
- Course: Kidon Miinwaa – Introductory Ojibwe 1
- Film: From Earth to Sky (TVO)
- Film: The Secret Path
- Map: Native Land
- Map: Whose Land
- Podcast: The Henceforward
- Podcast: ᐃᓄᐃᑦ ᐅᓂᒃᑳᖏᑦ (Inuit Unikkaangit) (CBC)
- Podcast: Kiwew (CBC)
- Podcast: Kuper Island (CBC)
- Podcast: Missing & Murdered (CBC)
- Podcast: Muddied Water (CBC)
- Podcast: Pieces (CBC)
- Podcast: Telling Our Twisted Histories (CBC)
- Podcast: This Place (CBC)
- Podcast: Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild (CBC)
- Video Series: Indigenous Voices for Nature Conservation (Environment and Climate Change Canada)
- Video Series: Indigenous Connections (Parks Canada)
- Webinar: Celebrating Louis Riel Day: Métis Realities (Government of Canada)
- Webinar: Decolonizing Housing: Indigenous-led Improvements for Health and Wellbeing (Housing for Health / Public Health Agency of Canada / University of Alberta)
Do you know of additional resources that are relevant to the planning community? Help us to gather and share learning resources for National Indigenous History Month by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.