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:
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
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 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
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