North Shore Tribal Council Member First Nations Community Planning

2010-Present (On-going)

Partners: Mamaweswen - North Shore Tribal Council, Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, Batchewana First Nation, Garden River First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Sagamok Anishnawbek, Serpent River First Nation, Thessalon First Nation

The Cities & Environment Unit continues its dedicated and award-winning work of comprehensive First Nations community planning with the members of the North Shore Tribal Council (NSTC) of Ontario. CEU’s methodology for creating Plans centres on a community-based, comprehensive and action-oriented philosophy. The fundamental premise behind a Community Plan is that a community can shape its own future. A community-based approach ensures that everyone in a community has an opportunity to have a stake and hand in becoming active participants over their own future.

CEU’s NSTC community planning work, in collaboration with each member First Nation, involves many community members (Leadership, Band staff, Elders, youth, parents, business owners, etc.) in the development and implementation of the seven Plans. This ensures that each Plan will have a number of supporters and champions so that planning becomes an ongoing activity in each community. This collaborative and inclusive approach provides the opportunity to recognize local skills and knowledge and build on what is already existing in each community; creating capacity to develop and later implement each Plan.

The approach to NSTC First Nations comprehensive community planning is also action-oriented. This means producing Plans belonging to each member First Nation that provide real areas of focus, tangible products and concrete steps to achieve clearly articulated goals. The Plans highlight actions that are locally focused and that will have the greatest impact to inspire and direct change within the community. The Plans produced for and by each First Nation employ the following philosophy: a plan comes from the community, it is owned by the community, it is holistic, and it inspires and motivates action.

Next steps for the project involve the conception, design, and implementation of community-selected projects in identified areas of required action to kickstart the usage of the community Plans and inspire change within each First Nation.