Planning With Indigenous Peoples

Planning With Indigenous Peoples

Planning With Indigenous Peoples

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We do our best to publish all our work in Open Access formats such that diverse audiences including planners, First Nation leaders, and academics can all access our research outcomes for free and build on our collective work. This is all part of our ethical research approach which fosters theoretical generalizability and practical applications of the research. We co-author our work with community partners for publication in both academic and non-academic sources. We have a commitment to publishing work with graduate students who are instrumental to the success of all the research that is produced.

The following works were published as a result of of the collaborative research of the PWIP Research Group from 2013 to September 2017.


  • McLeod, F., Viswanathan, L., Macbeth, J., and Whitelaw, G. S. 2017. Getting to Common Ground: A Comparison of Ontario, Canada’s Provincial Policy Statement and the Auckland Council Regional Policy Statement with Respect to Indigenous Peoples. Urban Planning (Open Access) vol 2, no 1, ISSN 2183-7635. [PDF]

  • Viswanathan, L. 2017. Decolonization, recognition and reconciliation in reforming land use policy and planning with First Nations in Southern Ontario. In Silver C, Freestone R, and Demaizere D. Dialogues in Urban and Regional Planning: The Right to the City, pp.157-173. London: Routledge.

  • Viswanathan, L. Forthcoming. Settler-Indigenous relationships as liminal spaces in planning education and practice. Interface: Indigenous planning: from principles to practice. Planning Theory and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/14649357.2017.1380961. 


  • McLeod, F.,  Viswanathan, L., Whitelaw, G. S.,; Macbeth, J., King, C., Alexiuk, E., and McCarthy, D. 2015. Finding Common Ground: A Critical Review of Land Use and Resource Management Policies in Ontario, Canada and their Intersection with First Nations. The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 6(1). Retrieved from:

  • Fehr, R., Macbeth, J., and Macbeth, S. S 2015. “Historic Land Use: Corn-Maple.” Pamphlet distributed by the authors at Walpole Island Heritage Centre Open House. [PDF]

  • Fehr, R., Macbeth, J., and Macbeth, S. S.. 2015. “Zhaawni-binesi Battle Flag.” Pamphlet distributed by the authors at Walpole Island Heritage Centre Open House. [PDF]


  • McCarthy, D. D. P., Millen, M.,  Boyden, M.,; Alexiuk, E., Whitelaw, G. S.., Viswanathan, L., Larkman, D., Rowe, G., and Westley, F. R. 2014. “A First Nations-led social innovation: a moose, a gold mining company, and a policy window.” Ecology and Society 19(4): 2.

  • McLeod, F., Viswanathan, L., King, C., Macbeth, J., and Whitelaw, G. S. 2014. “2014 Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) at a Glance: Changing Tides in Ontario Provincial Planning Policy with respect to First Nations Interests.” Publisher: Authors. [PDF]


  • Fraser, C. M., and Viswanathan, L.. 2013. “The Crown Duty to Consult in Ontario Municipal-Aboriginal Government Relations: Lessons Learned from the Red Hill Valley Parkway Project.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 22, 1, supplement, 1-18. [PDF]

  • McCarthy, Daniel; Whitelaw, Graham; King, Carolyn; King, Clynt; Viswanathan, Leela; Cowan, Don; McGarry, Fred; and Scott Anderson. 2013. “Collaborative Geomatics and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.” International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, 9, 2, 1-15. [PDF]

  • Viswanathan, L., McLeod, F., King, C., Macbeth, J.,and Alexuk, E.. 2013. “Are we there yet? Making inroads to decolonize planning knowledge and practices in Southern Ontario.” Plan Canada, 53, 2, 21-23. [PDF]