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

Canadian Archaeological Association Conference 2014
Zeeshan Abedin, Martin S. Cooper and Ronald F. Williamson

ASI has been involved in the Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous engagement processes and their impact on the outcomes. The emerging role of Indigenous peoples in guiding the development of new or revised municipal policies with respect to their cultural heritage and the current trends of Indigenous engagement within the municipal policy-making context will be explored.