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Treaty relations, Planning and Indigenous consultation at the City of Toronto

On Tuesday, November 23, 11:30am, invited speakers at the Treaty Relations, Planning and Indigenous Consultation at the City of Toronto will explore the ways treaties, the Crown’s Duty to Consult, and Ontario’s Provincial Planning Policy Statement have triggered new practices of consultation with Indigenous people and urban planning in Toronto. To what extent does city planning include Indigenous nations and communities? To what extent do Indigenous peoples have meaningful authority or decision-making power in relation to Land and Waters? To what extent does the City recognize and enable their ability to practice ceremony, plant and harvest food and medicines, or enact stewardship responsibilities?

Speakers include:

  • Selina Young, Director of the Indigenous Affairs Office for the City of Toronto
  • Leela Viswanathan, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University & Founder and Principal, Viswali Consulting
  • Bob Goulai, Niibisin Consulting

This event is the third seminar in the Polishing the Chain, 2021-2022 EUC Seminar Series. Polishing the Chain is exploring the spirit and intent of Toronto treaties, the ways Indigenous peoples have and continue to uphold them, the extent to which they are reflected in contemporary Indigenous / state relations, and the possibilities these open for working towards conciliation and establishing right relations with each other, and the Land.

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Presented by EUC with York’s Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages, Dr. Deborah McGregor’s Indigenous Environmental Project, and Jumblies Theatre & Art’s Talking Treaties; and with support from the Toronto Biennial of Art, Vice-President Research & Innovation, the Indigenous Teaching and Learning Fund, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University Faculty Association – Community Projects and Lisa Myer’s York Research Chair in Indigenous Curatorial Practice. 


Nov 23 2021


11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change


Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change
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