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We wish to share the following items as a further indication of our philosophy and approach to planning. Please browse and download anything that may be of interest.

Duty to Consult

The “Duty to Consult” has emerged as a foundation of good planning practice.  The prior occupation of the Land by its indigenous populations is increasingly being recognised, not simply as an historical fact, but as creating obligations in the current context.  The Aboriginal peoples of this continent have a deep and abiding connection with the land, but they also have a deep and abiding history with its European colonists.  Both of these are seen as a matter of relationship.  They are based on mutual obligation, trust, and an implied future collaboration. For more detail, please see the following presentations:

History & Consultation – slides

Duty to Consult Principles – slides

Indian 101 – slideshow courtesy of Carolyn King, MNCFN

Update on the Duty to Consult – commentary

Duty to Consult in the Lakeland District – article

Does Planning have a Role in Truth and Reconciliation? – blog

Duty to Consult: A Conversation in Contrasts – video

Aboriginal Peoples Terminology – video courtesy of Nation Talk



Defining Aboriginal Populations
Aboriginal people have always planned for their communities. But planning, as conventionally defined, has been something typically done for, not by, Indigenous communities.This is changing, as the opportunity for self-government has increased. However, the demographic foundation of planning is still largely in the hands of the federal government. Contact with Europeans has had an enduring impact on the number of native people, including who was called an “Indian” – and more importantly, who was not….. Download a PDF copy of our report
Consultation with First Nation Communities
In January 2007 a rural Ontario politician was reported to have said that a $300 million, corporate-owned wind energy project, proposed by Epcor Utilities Inc., was put on hold because a native community was claiming ownership of the wind…Download a PDF of the article Here

                                          The planning perspective expressed here can be complemented by the following  legal perspective

The Policy Basis for Consultation with First Nation Communities
The first article discussed a range of problems often encountered by planners who are unfamiliar with potential missteps related to Aboriginal rights or how to work constructively with First Nations. This follow-up article outlines the policy basis for effective consultations… Download a PDF of the article Here
A Few Thoughts on the Climate Change Conference
The Montreal Climate Change Conference was a marvelous international event with great sessions, a top notch venue, and amazing food. The networking opportunities were plentiful and a great opportunity for fellow professionals to meet for the first time in an informal manner. However a curious incident capped off the conference…Download a PDF of this article Here
Getting from Point A to Point B Without a Car
“The trails are nice, but they don’t always get you where you need to go,” said Dave Stinson, who frequently uses the trail system… he would like to see the city create an alternative to car-based routes that would make it easier for people to conduct their daily business on a bike… Stinson joined dozens of local residents to discuss the city’s draft Active Transportation Plan during a workshop held at the Orillia Opera House…                      The Video and Article are Here

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