Conference Contribution

A Tale of Three Municipalities: Envisioning the Future through Aboriginal Engagement

Canadian Archaeological Association Conference 2014

ASI has been involved in the Aboriginal engagement process for numerous municipalities going through various stages of planning including the City of Regina, the District Municipality of Muskoka and the Regional Municipality of York. Despite differing circumstances, the Aboriginal communities were asked about their overall vision for the respective municipalities, or more accurately, their traditional territories, with emphasis on their cultural heritage. This paper will compare and contrast the Aboriginal engagement processes and their impact on the outcomes. The emerging role of Aboriginal peoples in guiding the development of new or revised municipal policies with respect to their cultural heritage and the current trends of Aboriginal engagement within the municipal policy-making context will be explored.