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Perspectives des praticiens autochtones sur la construction de la ville
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Engage early, often and throughout
To cultivate positive relationships with Indigenous communities, there must be constant engagement from city builders. This engagement must be sincere and honest throughout the entire process. When planning alongside Indigenous communities, city builders must create attainable and outcome focused plans. These plans must be authentic to the individual community that the city builder is working with.
Canadians must understand the meaning of ancestral land
When working on projects within treaty territories, it is important to remember the strong relationships that Indigenous peoples have with their ancestors and the land. Planners, developers and architects must work with traditional knowledge keepers and honour Indigenous ancestors when making changes to this land.
We must build using Indigenous perspectives
Professional practices should include the wisdom, values and culture of Indigenous communities. This inclusion within city building practices can encourage and attract more Indigenous youth to these professions. Over time, perspective students will begin to see themselves and their values represented in their surrounding landscapes.
Institutions must be held accountable
Education is of the utmost importance in achieving Truth and Reconciliation. Our institutions are responsible for teaching and providing that education. There must be a willingness and desire from institutions to ask for support from Indigenous educators to create a balanced education.
Work towards a shared identity
The disconnect between Indigenous perspectives and professional city building practices comes from the sublimation of Indigenous culture. Consultation, engagement and active listening with Indigenous peoples can lead to increased Indigenous visibility within city building. Spaces will become more enjoyable and regenerative while creating a shared identity.