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Friday, March 10 • 10:30 - 11:30
First Nations Comprehensive Community Planning

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Comprehensive Community Planning is a process that began in the B.C. Region close to ten years ago, and has since become a successful planning tool for First Nations across Canada. Planning for First Nations in Saskatchewan has generally been consultant driven, which makes the implementation of the plans a challenge for many First Nations. The unique aspect of CCP is that it was designed by First Nations, for First Nations, and has gained a lot of traction in Saskatchewan in the last few years. The development of a professional network in the province and across the country has begun to form, leading to shared plans, best practices, and mentorship from nation to nation. The Community Development Initiative pilot project in Saskatchewan originally started with 7 First Nations, but has now grown close to 20 in total. While some First Nations are currently not part of the CDI, many in the province and other regions have completed their own plans, and use them as governance documents, community visions that guide leadership, and a voice for their people. Flying Dust has a unique relationship with the city of Meadow Lake, being adjacent to one another; Flying Dust has land in Meadow Lake, returned to them as part of a specific land claim in which their land was expropriated by a railway right-of-way in in the 1930’s. Many First Nations choose to also purchase land in urban centers for businesses, and in other areas in the province as part of the Treaty Land Entitlement Framework Agreement signed in 1992 by the Federal Government, the Province of Saskatchewan, and the FSIN. This framework and history is important for planners to understand the opportunities for partnerships with First Nations, best practices, and how planning for cities, towns, and R.M.s can be inclusive of the interests of First Nations to expedite their planning initiatives.


Joseph Tootoosis

Joseph Tootoosis is a proud member of Canoe Lake Cree First Nation in northern Saskatchewan, and was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Studies, and plans on returning to studies in law at the University... Read More →

Friday March 10, 2017 10:30 - 11:30 CST
Venice Room 405 20th St E, Saskatoon, SK S7K 6X6