This paper summarizes an approach to planning for Aboriginal communities. The approach draws on linkages between traditional Aboriginal and modern planning thought to form the basis of a philosophical model for planning in Aboriginal communities. The framework endeavours to be sensitive to local needs and communities’ natural environments and is directed to both planning consultants external to communities and to individual communities themselves.


Interest for this paper grew out of practical community planning experience with an Aboriginal community in Manitoba during the summer of 1990.1 The paper is based upon this experience as well as an extensive literature search. The intent of this paper is to outline an approach to community planning for Aboriginal settlements which: (1) is more sensitive to the cultural values of a community; and (2) could be utilized either by consultants external to the community or by the members of the community itself.
This paper attempts to articulate the essential components of the approach proposed. The main components of the approach may not be new to those familiar with issues regarding planning in Aboriginal communities, but the combination of components appears to have evaded planning professionals who have worked with Aboriginal communities in the past. Consequently, a new way of looking at the practice of community planning in Aboriginal settlements is required.

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