About Us

Carolyn King, moccasin identifier project, courtesy of Carolyn King.

The Planning With Indigenous Peoples (PWIP) Research Group at Queen’s University is dedicated to conducting research about policy and planning with Indigenous Peoples. Our objective is to enhance Indigenous-municipal relationships in the context of land use planning in the cities and regions encompassing First Nations’ lands in Southern Ontario. As our research progresses, we are also learning about historical and contemporary planning practices from First Nation and Métis communities across Canada.

This research is relevant to academics, professional planners and Indigenous communities. Developing knowledge about processes for enhancing Indigenous-municipal relations in land use planning and about ways for evaluating such relations are crucial to this project. We feel that without this knowledge, First Nation involvement in municipal planning decision making will simply turn into new examples of colonial oppression in land management. We intend for this research to highlight opportunities for Indigenous-led planning innovation.

We conduct research with our academic partners from the University of Waterloo and we collaborate with researchers who have strong ties to the regions and to the communities engaged in our project. Our community research partners include members from Walpole Island First Nation and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Student researchers are also integral members of our team and we stay in touch with our graduates.

We strive to make our research a valuable resource for scholars, planners, government, and Indigenous communities. The majority of our academic and policy publications are available through Open Access sources. We are working to make our research available and accessible to various audiences. We welcome your inquiries and feedback.

Highly motivated graduate students seeking opportunities to conduct applied research in planning, geography, environmental studies and/or First Nation Studies and with PWIP Research Group researchers are welcome to contact the Principal Investigator.