SVS and Magnetawan First Nation presenting at Canadian Institute of Planners Conference July 4th, 2019!


We are headed to Ottawa, Ontario on July 3 - 6, 2019 for the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) National Gathering.

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Indigenous Planning: Six Examples of Creative Engagement that Work

“Our 3-D map was put together, painted and decorated by our community members. It is a teaching tool for our members, from community history to future planning.” – Samantha Noganosh, Head Councilor and Lands Clerk, Magnetawan First Nation

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Indigenous nations prepare for high waters: Floodplain Mapping

The Magnetawan River surging with spring meltwater near Magnetawan First Nation, Spring 2019


Every spring, a growing number of Indigenous nations face the threat of surging meltwaters, and 2019 has been no different. Kashechewan First Nation, a...

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Indigenous Planning: How to Use Video for Maximum Impact

Shawanaga Lands Manager, Tobias McQuabbie, recording video narration with SVS's Jeremy Shute Read More

Indigenous Nations Lead the Way in Marine Planning: How to Get Involved


View from Qikiqtarjuaq, a community located just north of the Arctic Circle on Broughton Island, adjacent to the eastern coast of Baffin Island at the Davis Strait. Photo by Chris Colombo.


From coast to coast to coast, Indigenous nations are...

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Indigenous Planning: Five Crucial Elements Every Land Use Plan Needs

What motivates most planners is a deep desire to create spaces for people to live their lives with a sense of community, a sense of home. Balancing the need for houses, businesses, schools and infrastructure with the need for parks, wild spaces,...

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Indigenous Planning: Three Questions to a Clear Vision

“Why are we doing this?”

Whether you are building a land use plan, a community energy plan or any other plan that creates a roadmap to a future you want for your nation, this is the basic question to be clear on if your planning process is going...

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Indigenous Land Use Planning: Background Info Check List

Image: A bouquet of background maps - great place to gather information for your planning process!

Gathering existing background information into one place is a great way to start any planning process. For example, if your Indigenous nation is...

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Indigenous Planning Cheat Sheet: Five Types, Tips and Resources


Above: First Nation Watershed Map in 3D using wood elevation cutouts - planning can be fun and exciting - and doesn't have to be stuck in dusty reports!


Springtime is planning time! Do you hear that and groan? We all know the value of a good...

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Conference Announcement: Northern Housing Summit in Sioux Lookout!

Jeremy Shute , Mitchell Avis and  Mike Van Egmond  from Shared Value Solutions will be attending the Northern Housing Summit June 27th in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. We’re excited to see many of you there. Look for our booth at the trade show in...
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