The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is pleased to announce the launch of its Planning Practice and Reconciliation policy that defines the role 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 Peoples (UNDRIP), this policy is a call to action for planners to engage in meaningful and sustained relationship building with Indigenous Peoples of Canada (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis).

The Policy respectively:

  • Establishes CIP’s goal for reconciliation to be meaningfully embedded in planning practice in Canada.
  • Sets objectives needed to achieve this goal in all aspects of planning practice.
  • Defines and describes the roles and responsibilities of today’s professional planners in meeting those objectives.

President of CIP Eleanor Mohamed RPP, MCIP, said:

“The launch of today’s policy reaffirms our national commitment as professionals to tackle one of the most important issues of our time. We are thankful to members and representatives of Indigenous communities who have engaged with us throughout the process. Realizing that reconciliation is about continual and meaningful engagement, we recognize that this policy is a foundation from which the profession can develop, and help play its part on Canada’s path towards reconciliation.”

The development of this policy was led by CIP’s Indigenous Community Planning Committee, comprised of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners. It was developed through extensive engagement with Indigenous planning practitioners and community leaders, along with CIP members, through the use of individual interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

CIP will use this policy as a basis for future policy and advocacy work, partnership building, resource enabling, and to develop its Continued Professional Learning (CPL) program. It will monitor and adapt these programs based on findings from continued outreach activities with its members.

Read the full Planning Practice and Reconciliation policy and additional resources and reports at and follow the conversation on Twitter @CIP_ICU.

About the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 7,000 planning professionals nationally, and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities, by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.  Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, Indigenous communities planning, transportation planning, and economic development. Learn more about CIP and the role of planners at

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