Indigenous Planning

We are committed to integrating Indigenous worldviews into our planning practice and approach our work with Indigenous communities with cultural humility. This means that we do not believe in an “expert-driven,” top-down model when working with Indigenous partners. Instead, we focus on relationship building from the ground up and work collaboratively to fill capacity, technical skills and knowledge gaps on all sides. We strive to co-create processes that are sensitive to context and centered around community interests, values and priorities.

Over the past twenty years, we have worked in dozens of Indigenous communities across Canada and in the United States. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Comprehensive Community Plans (CCPs)
  • Land Use Plans – Community and Territorial
  • Local Economic Development Strategies
  • Site Plans
  • Policy Development (e.g., governance, human resources)
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Program and Project Evaluation and Business Case Development
  • Impact Assessment – Compensation Support and Non-market Valuation
  • Joint Planning and Relationship-building

To view our CCP brochure, click here.

Traditional Use Studies

As a part of Indigenous planning services, we also provide technical support traditional use studies, and work in partnership with communities to record traditional use, knowledge and oral histories through maps and atlas, geodatabases, archival studies, documents, videos and other documentation. This knowledge reflects both individual and collective relationships to the land and its resources, including an individual or group’s social, spiritual, cultural, economic and/or ecological knowledge and history. It is the story of life on the land that communicates the historic or current use and occupancy of a territory and the resources drawn from that territory. We have worked with communities to use this information in many ways, including:

  • Developing consultation agreements
  • Asserting title and rights
  • Preserving knowledge
  • Assisting with land use and resource management
  • Informing claims and settlements
  • Developing traditional knowledge curriculum for K-12

 


Training:
 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

RECENT PROJECTS

Kitsumkalum First Nation Land Use Plan

Haisla Nation Comprehensive Community Plan

AZA First Nation Comprehensive Community Plan and Land Use Plan

Alberta Metis Oral History and Land Use Project

Cormorant Island Economic Development Project (‘Namgis Frist Nation and Village of Alert Bay)

Cowichan Tribes Community Transportation and Mobility Plan

Musqueam Comprehensive Community Plan