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virtual conference
Sep 23, Sep 30, Oct 7 & Oct 14

Finding a Place
in Evolving Communities

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Planning decolonization


Summer 2019 was the 100th anniversary of the Town Planning Institute of Canada — predecessor to the Canadian Institute of Planning (CIP) — and a significant milestone celebrated in Ottawa, acknowledged as the unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation. It was also the year the OPPI released the Indigenous Perspectives in Planning Task Force Report, developed to provide guidance on improving understanding of Indigenous perspectives in planning and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, how OPPI can improve the profession to acknowledge and support Indigenous planning approaches and perspectives, and how OPPI can support its members to collaborate with Indigenous communities and individuals. Recently, the Urban Land Institute (Toronto) held a sold-out event on “Indigenous placekeeping” with Indigneous architects and business and community leaders. Clearly there is a need for professional planning opportunities to better understand and advance this work.
But what does planning decolonization look like? Could it involve “finding a place” that has been here all along?
In this spirit of OPPI’s task force report, this interactive training session is an opportunity to hear from people engaged in critical thought and action for Indigenous-led place-based initiatives. This session focuses on addressing gaps in planning education, Indigenous world view and ties to planning, and the need to go beyond “duty to consult” in engagement. Innovative projects with art, land-based learning, traditional teachings, and climate change action will be shared as inspirational examples of tangible ways to meaningfully embrace reconciliation — and plan decolonization.
Join the speakers in a dialogue and participate in small group discussions with hands-on activities.

Co-Presenter: Angela Mashford-Pringle, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Co-Presenter: Janice Barry, RPP, School of Planning, University of Waterloo
Co-Presenter: Amber Quail, York University, and Waaban Indigenous Teacher Education Program
Primary Presenter: Sheila Boudreau, RPP, MCIP, EOR, and Ryerson University
The Carrying Place Trail Tree Team: Ryerson University graduate students