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Indigenous Planning Workshop

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This session is led by five expert panelists to promote understanding and reconciliation in our department and beyond.

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The Indigenous Planning Workshop features a facilitated discussion led by expert panelists with professional expertise and personal experiences pertaining to Indigenous issues. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion while asking questions, as time permits. The aim of the workshop is to increase participants' understanding of the following:

  • Indigenous worldview/perspective in community planning;
  • The impacts of colonial planning and governance on Indigenous way of life, culture, languages, and spirituality;
  • Systemic inequities that continue to exist in the Canadian governance system; and
  • Where we fit into the path to Truth and Reconciliation as individuals and within our community, department, faculty, and university.

The Workshop will be moderated by Dr. Sandeep Agrawal, the Director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning in the University of Alberta's Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. The workshop features the following four panelists:

  • Aaron Aubin, member of the Da’naxda’xw / Awaetlala First Nation in British Columbia and owner of Aubin Consulting, an Indigenous-owned consulting firm based in Calgary.
  • Glinis Buffalo, member of Samson Cree Nation, Maskwacis, Treaty 6 Territory, and Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning with the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta.
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, of Nisga’a and Kwakwak'awakw heritage and Indigenous Fellow with the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
  • Jessica Vandenberghe, a Dene Tha' First Nation born and raised in a very inclusive German family in northern Alberta and Indigenous Professional Engineer, Industrial Professor, and the Assistant Dean (Outreach) at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta.

While this workshop is planning-focused, it is applicable to all students and staff in the EAS Department and beyond and may cover a wide range of issues from resource extraction to community planning to Indigenous knowledge regarding the natural world. Furthermore, we encourage participation from individuals outside of the department and university. The Workshop has been approved for ethics credits for graduate students in the EAS Department.

This Workshop is a joint initiative led by three student groups: the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Students' Society (ATLAS), the Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series (GASSS), and the Geography and Planning Students' Society (GAPSS).

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