February 14, 2022

Civic-Indigenous Placekeeping and Partnership Building Toolkit

Cover of the civic indigenous toolkit 2021

Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook

Evergreen and Future Cities Canada

Aani bozhoo, kweh, tansi, shé:kon, éy swayel, ulakoot, greetings!

A very warm welcome to you, the reader of this Civic-Indigenous Engagement Toolkit, produced by Evergreen and Future Cities Canada, with a focus on partnerships in urban placekeeping.

Municipalities and civic organizations are increasingly interested in and being called to commit to the Truth and Reconciliation Actions and engage with and support the leadership of Indigenous partners through reflexive, equitable and reciprocal relationships and partnerships.

The history and future of cities in Canada are interwoven with Indigenous peoples, lands, rights, systems, identities and futures so it’s appropriate that municipalities and civic leaders commit to investing in and supporting opportunities directed at the restoration of land rights, strengthening of cultural identities and capacity building, and building robust communities that are self-determined by Indigenous peoples. It makes sense that their identity, presence, contributions and voices as Indigenous peoples are reflected throughout public spaces, institutions, and services throughout cities, based on their visioning and needs.

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The Toolkit is intended for all those who are interested and passionate about Indigenous worldviews and truth and reconciliation. It will be especially useful for community leaders, practitioners staff from municipalities, civic and cultural organizations working in the spaces of placekeeping, city building and reconciliation and who want to strengthen their relationships with Indigenous partners. Although the focus is on urban placekeeping and civic-Indigenous engagement, the Toolkit can also be used by organizations in other sectors interested in Indigenous engagement; Indigenous community and organizations outside of urban centres; and provincial and territorial associations and organizations.

Table of Contents

About the Toolkit

  • Land Acknowledgement 
  • Preface 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Introduction 

Context and Timeline

  • Context 
    – Indigenous peoples are the first placekeepers and city builders
    – Decolonization, Unsettling the Commons and Transformative Reconciliation
  • Timeline of Settler-Indigenous Historical Events

Teachings, Tools, and Approaches for Community Engagement

Approaches for Program Evaluation and
Community Engagement

Indigenous Approaches to Program Evaluation
Approach: Community Engagement Event Planning

Case Studies and Examples of Best Practices in Placekeeping Partnerships

  • Our Common Grounds Case Studies
  • Teaching Lodge
  • Case Study: Quebec partnership develops shared tourism strategy
  • CEDI Partnership Profiles: Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation and County of Antigonish
  • Squamish Nation: The District of Squamish Government-To-Government Collaboration
  • Lil ‘Wat Nation – The Village of Pemberton Building the Path Forward

Glossary, Contributors and Resource List


Cover image: by Catherine Tammaro, TÀMMARO ART/Design

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