Planning Communities – Creating Livelihoods

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Client: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Task: Education
Capacity Development
Skills: Presentation
Workshop Facilitation
Land Use Planning Workshop 
Incite Planning was retained by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to assist them in their pilot initiative with community planning.  Eight First Nations from across the country were selected to participate in this programme: Mount Currie First Nation and Penticton First Nation in British Columbia, Enoch First Nation from Alberta, Brokenhead First Nation of Manitoba and Sand Point First Nation in Ontario, the Innu Takuaikan Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Première Nation in Quebec, as well as Eel Ground First Nation from New Brunswick and Shubenacadie First Nation from Nova Scotia.

In an effort to learn more about the planning needs and capacities of these Aboriginal communities, AANDC conducted a workshop in Toronto. Incite Planning presented a “Planning 101” module emphasizing the phases of the planning process. We also facilitated a “notes form the field” round table amongst the First Nations who were present. Some were still in the decision phase and hesitant about its importance. Others were eager to enter the implementation phase, as they were fully aware of planning’s benefits. We also provided information on the relationship between land use and economic development, what to expect from planning professionals and the costs of their services.