First Nations Community Planning Project, Atlantic Region

1999–2006

Partners: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Joint Community Planning Committee (JCPC), Wagmatcook First Nation, Atlantic Policy Congress.(APC)

Cities & Environment Unit, together with government and First Nation representatives, embarked on this project with the goal of enabling First Nation communities, through community-based planning, to articulate a vision, achieve a sense of empowerment, create a new basis for their relationship with the Federal Government and improve the quality of life for First Nation community members.

Planning was used as a tool to help communities understand their current circumstances, collectively determine the need for change and clearly define future possibilities. Designed to demystify the planning process, the First Nations Community Planning Model was developed in part to involve and train community members, build local capacity and help champion the community planning process. The Model outlines a community-based process that challenges communities to take ownership of their future.

The First Nations Community Planning Model was initially tested in three pilot communities: Pictou Landing, Nova Scotia; Abegweit, Prince Edward Island; and Red Bank, New Brunswick. Application of the Model and companion First Nations Community Planning Workbook expanded to 15 more First Nation communities in the Atlantic Region. The Second Edition of the Model and Workbook are currently being used in Alberta and Saskatchewan.