Community Based Decision Making Through Land Use Planning - RC


For thousands of years, First Nations have planned their communities in unique ways that were often described as matrilineal, communal, and ceremonial. However, these systems of governance were severely affected by the imposition of the Indian Act which failed to provide a solid foundation for lands management and planning for many First Nations. Responding to these challenges, Land Use Planning under Land Codes provides an opportunity for re-building trust, confidence, and the capacity for collaboration and consensus building in your community through Community-based decision-making frameworks (e.g. LUPs, EMPs, CCPs).  
In this context, revitalizing First Nations’ planning practices can be described as a Nation-building exercise, deeply informed by meaningful community engagement, traditional knowledge, governance systems, language, culture, family history as well as meaningful connections to the land. All of which help Communities maintain resiliency and identity. This presentation will highlight perspectives, tools and techniques for engaging in community-based decision making through land use planning and will explore the following topics:

  • Planning & Decision-making under a Land Code – Community Governance Perspective
  • Community Planning: Building Trust and Moving Towards Stronger Governance
  • Types and examples of community-based decision-making processes in Land Use Planning 
  • Explore Land Use Planning (LUP) approaches, including traditional and conventional LUP practices as well as blended approaches, all within the context of the Framework Agreement
  • Engagement tools & technique
  • Provide tools and techniques to support LUP-specific engagement activities


  • Adam Wright, RC
  • Stephen McGlenn, First Nation Lands Management Resource Centre