Implementing a CCP: How a CCP links to other planning documents within a First Nation government


Comprehensive Community Planning is holistic and culturally appropriate way to plan for Indigenous communities. Nearly half of the First Nations in BC have completed, or are in the process of completing a Comprehensive Community Plan. The planning process can be transformative for community members and once completed a CCP can be used to guide decision making for the community. However, a CCP is simply one tool that can be used for community development. This workshop will explore how a CCP and different plans (ie. CCP, LUP, Ec Dev Plan, Health Plan, C&C strategic plan, etc.) work together within a First Nation Government. Generally, planning is a core competency of good governance, but with all the planning initiatives underway, how does one manage planning successfully as a community to get closer to that ultimate vision?

Participants will Learn

  • The benefits of a CCP as it relates to other plans and planning processes.
  • How to implement a CCP and other plans within a First Nation Government.


Cara Basil
Councillor, Bonaparte Indian Band
Christopher Derickson
Partner, Alderhill Planning Inc.

Presenter Biographies

Cara serves on Council for Bonaparte Indian Band and is an active Mentor in the BC Community Planning Mentorship Initiative. She also sits on numerous boards for her Nation (Secwepemculecw) including culture and education, child and family, as well as various community committees. Cara has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Aboriginal Studies from Thompson Rivers University and has been leading her community’s Comprehensive Community Planning process since 2015.

Chris, a Partner at Alderhill Planning Inc., has over 10 years of community planning experience and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops across Canada on the topic of Indigenous Community Planning. He is one of the founding members of the BC Community Planning Mentorship Initiative. Chris is also a WFN Councillor, Co-Chair of the Okanagan College Board and is a lecturer at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.