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Including Indigenous Peoples in Land Use Planning

Including Indigenous Peoples in Land Use Planning

Indigenous peoples have been historically excluded from land use planning, and Dr. Leela Viswanathan discusses the successes and continuing challenges of building relationships between governments and Indigenous communities.

Interviewee Name: 
Dr. Leela Viswanathan
Topic: 
Including Indigenous Peoples in Land Use Planning
Podcast: 
Blind Date with Knowledge, Season 1, Episode 07
Interviewed by: 
Barry Kaplan
Air date on CFRC: 
March 14, 2018
Episode length: 
15:45
Academic areas: 

Dr. Leela Viswanathan is studying the intersection of planning, equity, and diversity, and her team is trying to educate municipalities about how cities are located on Indigenous traditional and treaty territories. She has an ongoing SSHRC-funded project that aims to improve Indigenous-Municipal relations in the context of land use planning in Southern Ontario. In this episode, Dr. Viswanathan discusses the importance of enhancing relationships between municipalities and Indigenous peoples when involved in land use planning. She emphasizes that planning must occur within terms that both sides agree on together, and that both history and context are important for all communities. Indigenous peoples have been historically displaced from lands and excluded from land use planning, and Leela’s project is seeking to understand and change provincial policies surrounding planning consultation.

Please visit the Department of Geography and Planning for more information about Dr. Viswanathan's research.

Including Indigenous Peoples in Land Use Planning

Season 1: Episode 07