The Residential School Legacy-What Planners Need to Know

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One of the most defining characteristics of the ‘New North’ is the inclusion and full participation of Indigenous people in how things are done. One of the key changes in making this the new reality is how, as a country we have come to understand and fully appreciate the legacy of Indian Residential Schools (IRS). This tragic legacy has shaped generations of Indigenous people. Now that Canada has heard the ‘Truth’, ‘Reconciliation’ is next.  Understanding the historical context will better inform how we plan, live and re-imagine northern communities. My presentation, will be made along with a Yukon First Nation member and IRS survivor. We will talk about how and why we still see evidence of IRS today. Why is this important to know? And how can planners be in a better position to work alongside Indigenous partners in creating community and regional plans that substantially recognize this unique relationship? We believe this is critical in helping planners do their jobs in creating healthy, engaged, sustainable communities. This will be a multi-media presentation that includes first person accounts of the impact of IRS.

Co-speaker: Wilbur Smarch – Land & Resource Use Planner, Teslin Tlingit Council

Laura Cabott