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Learning, Truth, and Healing

Reconciliation is more than a conversation; it entails careful and sustained action toward relationship building, based on mutual respect, trust, and dialogue.

With planning practices operating at the nexus of land, livelihoods, policy, and governance, the profession has a wide-reaching impact on virtually all aspects of people’s lives. It is essential that planning recognizes and includes the diversity of needs, rights, values, and knowledge systems of all peoples living on the land.

Leading by example in the process of reconciliation by facilitating strong, respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.”

Aspiring for More

To support our reconciliation journey, CIP will undertake the following actions:

  • Promoting reconciliation in our communications, policy and advocacy, educational standards, professional development activities, and our work with other professions
  • Ensuring that practicing planners have access to the resources, information, training, and other support they need to embed the principles of reconciliation in their practice
  • Building awareness of Indigenous histories, rights, issues, and culture among practicing planners through CIP’s CPL HUB
  • Supporting the integration of Indigenous histories, rights, issues, and culture in the curricula of planning schools and as a core competency for the accreditation of professional planners
  • Supporting and encouraging Indigenous people to consider a career in planning and explore other ways in which they can bring their knowledge to the profession
  • Advocating for international and federal policies and actions that contribute to reconciliation
  • Considering additional implementation priorities based on an annual environmental scan and membership survey

Taking Action

Our Reconciliation Work

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.

Planning Practice and Reconciliation

Against the backdrop of the principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission‘s Final Report and the 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.

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Indigenous Student Bursary

CIP is proud to co-administer the SOAR Professional Services Indigenous Student Bursary with the CIP/ICU-Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF).

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An International Conversation on Indigenous Perspectives

On September 26, 2023, CIP collaborated with Te Kōkiringa Taumata | New Zealand Planning Institute and the Planning Institute of Australia for an international webinar on Indigenous perspectives in planning.

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Indigenous Planning Student Award

With support from Urban Systems, and administrated by Indspire, CIP’s College of Fellows supports an Indigenous student in their post-secondary studies at an accredited Canadian planning program through this award. 

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Request for Proposals: Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

CIP is pleased to announce that our Request for Proposals for the development of our RAP is now open. This RAP will strengthen our commitment to reconciliation and guide us on our continued journey. Proposals must be submitted by July 12 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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National Indigenous History Month

In June 2023, CIP issued a joint statement with the Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations and the Professional Standards Board in recognition of National Indigenous History Month.

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CIP Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Phase 1 – Archipel

To help inform the RAP RFP, CIP supported the efforts of Archipel Research & Consulting Inc. in conducting a preparatory audit and review of our actions on reconciliation and Indigenous planning. Archipel’s report provides an initial evaluation of the work that has taken place to date, as well as recommendations that will help to structure the RAP.

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The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada

We are pleased to offer the online Indigenous cultural awareness course “The Path”, created by NVision–a majority Indigenous-owned consulting company dedicated to empowering Indigenous communities.

The Path is an acclaimed six-module course on the history and contemporary realities of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

This course is eligible for six unstructured and self-reported continuous professional learning (CPL) credits.

Check out the latest blog posts on reconciliation.

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See who we’re working with on reconciliation.