Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Indigenous Planning

Many goals of Canada's Indigenous communities (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and Urban Aboriginal) intersect with planning concerns. These goals include preserving language and culture, building governance and planning systems, investing in community health and wellness, practicing sustainable resource management, establishing self-reliant economies, developing sustainable food and energy systems and improving community housing and infrastructure.


National Indigenous History Month Events

On June 22, for National Indigenous History Month, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is pleased to host a webinar that centers Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous community-based decision-making frameworks. This webinar will highlight the perspectives, tools, and techniques of land use planning under Land Codes and demonstrate how it provides an opportunity to rebuild trust.

Registration is now open HERE.

Find full recordings of past National Indigenous History Month webinars on the CIP Professional Learning HUB


On June 21, the Canadian Institute of Planners, together with the Canadian Urban Institute, Engineers Canada, National Trust for Canada, The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Urban Development Institute and Urban Land Institute will explore city building and placemaking from the Indigenous perspective. Registration is FREE.

CIP Policy Statement - Planning Practice and Reconciliation


 “...the commitment to establish and maintain a mutually respectful relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. It is a long-term relationship-building, learning, and healing process, as opposed to a specific outcome to be achieved.”

CIP Policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation

Against the backdrop of the principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Final Report and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP), CIP's policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation is a call to action for planners to engage in meaningful and sustained relationship building with Indigenous Peoples of Canada.

Read CIP's full Planning Pratice and Reconciliation policy (context, goals, objectives, and the roles of planners and CIP) by clicking on the adjacent image.

About this Policy

The development of this policy was led by CIP's Indigenous Community Planning Committee, comprising Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners, dedicated to building capacity for Indigenous planning and community development across Canada.

The policy was developed through extensive engagement with Indigenous planning practioners and community leaders, along with CIP members, over an eighteen-month period. Engagement was carried out through the use of individual interviews, focus groups, and surveys.

Read CIP's previously released policies on Healthy Communities and Climate Change here.