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: NALMA National Gathering in Whitehorse, YK

We are headed to Whitehorse, Yukon on September 11-13 for the 11th annual National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) National Gathering.

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Find the Funds to make your Land Code Community Dreams a Reality

If your community is looking to follow this lands management pathway you may be wondering what funding is available to carry out the processes for managing your reserve lands and ultimately asserting jurisdiction and autonomy over your...

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Land Code Communities – 5 Ingredients of Effective Environmental Management Plans

An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) is a community-specific plan for managing environmental issues and protecting environmental values. EMPs are being developed by many First Nation Land Code communities as part of protecting and managing...

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Moving Towards Self-Governance and Management of First Nations Reserve Lands: Land Code Communities

In 1990, a group of First Nations Chiefs came together to request that their communities be given the opportunity to manage their reserve lands. This was primarily driven by their frustration with lack of control over lands, which was impeding...

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