News and Events

Topic: ‘Saskatchewan’

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

CEU completes evaluation of Saskatchewan CCBP Pilot Project

After more than a decade working with First Nation communities across the country, CEU has compiled a report capturing key findings and recommendations for advancing comprehensive, community-based planning (CCBP) in First Nations. The report draws on our experiences, with particular focus on the Saskatchewan CCBP Pilot Project, as well as interviews with people involved in community planning in different provinces. While there are many challenges associated with effective CCBP, there is significant evidence that it is worth doing. The findings call for broad recognition at the Federal and First Nation level that community plans make a difference, and are both cost-effective and necessary. Based on this recognition, the evaluation outlines specific recommendations to inform how community planning should be delivered, integrated and supported in First Nations across the country. The report highlights the importance of building on the momentum and investment in the CCBP Pilot Project to extend plan development to more communities, and improve opportunities to implement plans that increase local self-reliance and maximize the impact of funding for community planning and capacity development.
[download a copy of the report]

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Standing Buffalo Greenshed

Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation has begun work on its Greenshed project. The project marks the start of not only their combined greenhouse, storage shed and market, but also their community garden and new Band Hall. The Greenshed is a demonstration and test of ideas and designs that will eventually be used to construct the community Band Hall. To get involved or learn more about the project, check out the project blog at:

Thursday, July 29th, 2010


Kinistin Saulteaux Nation has completed its Pow wow arbour! The arbour was listed in the community’s Plan as a potential project and Kinistin members are excited to begin organizing a 2011 Pow wow; it will be Kinistin’s first since 1991. Cities & Environment Unit planners, along with architecture students from Dalhousie University, were in Kinistin from July 17-29 to assist with the community-based design/build process. To learn more please visit the project blog at:

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Cities & Environment Unit wins CIP Award

Cities & Environment Unit is pleased to be the recipient of the 2008 Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Excellence in the category of Rural/Small Town Planning. The award is for CEU’s work with four Saskatchewan First Nations in developing Comprehensive Community-Based Plans (CCBPs) for each community. To learn more about this project visit the Projects section of our web site.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

First Training Session for CCBP Saskatchewan, Phase 2

The first project training session for Phase 2 communities, affiliated Tribal Councils and Federal Government representatives was held in Saskatoon on June 23 & 24. Participants were introduced to the principles of comprehensive community-based planning, importance of community engagement, visual communication in planning and the initial stages of the planning process.

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Phase 2 of CCBP is underway with Four First Nations in Saskatchewan

Work has begun with four additional First Nation communities in Saskatchewan as part of the Comprehensive Community-Based Planning Pilot Project. Community Plans will be developed for Pasqua First Nation, Muskoday First Nation, Cowessess First Nation and Kinistin Saulteaux Nation. To learn more about the CCBP Project in Saskatchewan check out the CCBP case study on the Projects page.

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Plan launch session held in Regina

Four Community Plans were developed over the past year and launched at a session in Regina. Participants included Plan Champions from each of the four pilot First Nations, other community representatives, Tribal Council staff and Federal Government representatives. For more information on the CCBP project and the Community Plans please visit

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

APCPS conference in Regina

Ali Shaver and several community representatives gave a presentation about the CCBP Project at the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan (APCPS) Conference in Regina. The presentation team included Crystal Cote (Plan Champion, Kahkewistahaw First Nation) and Michelle Pratt (Plan Champion) and Lynette Gordon (Economic Development Officer), both from George Gordon First Nation.

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

CCBP training session #4 in Saskatoon

A CEU team travelled to Saskatoon to conduct a two-day training session on Comprehensive Community-Based Planning. Representatives from Flying Dust First Nation, Shoal Lake Cree Nation, Kahkewistahaw First Nation, George Gordon First Nation, Yorkton Tribal Council, Prince Albert Grand Council, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Indian and Northern Affairs (INAC) and Health Canada were all in attendance. The presentations from this training session can be downloaded from the project website. Go to and click on “TRAINING”.