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A Unique Look at Indigenous Land Use Planning - Land Relationship Visioning

Updated: Aug 2, 2022

The Land Relationship Visioning program was designed by CIPS with professional guidance from the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Ontario Aboriginal Lands Association to assist First Nation practitioners to understand, research and document their unique perspective on their land.

This perspective will inform contemporary land use planning processes and capture the spaces, species, culture and unique identity of your relationship with your lands. For more information on how you can use this unique land use planning tool, please see the CIPS page: Land Relationship Visioning

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Hi, my name is Kassie Mckeown. I am from Alderville First Nation and I work at CIPS (Cambium Indigenous Professional Services) as a technical advisor for Indigenous Projects.

Over the last year, we (CIPS) have developed a tool kit for First Nation land (use) practitioners called "Land Relationship Visioning".

This (land use planning) tool kit walks you through a practice to (essentially) create a document for land use planning withing your (First Nation) community or your traditional (treaty) territory.

Land Relationship Visioning is essentially land use planning but with a First Nations twist that incorporates "two eyed seeing" and (those) needs and priorities that we have as Indigenous People. With Land Relationship Visioning we are really focusing on community engagements, significant species and spaces within the community, (traditional) territory, data collection, and the inter-generational knowledge exchange that comes with the community engagements.

Within the (Land Relationship Visioning) took kit and within the whole concept of Land Relationship Visioning you will set yourself up and your future generations to protect and care for the land that we have

The purpose of Land Relationship Visioning is to protect the lands that we have for present and future generations as well as to honour our responsibility as Indigenous People to care for the land and our non-human kin.


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The CIPS Land Relationship Vision training course is designed to assist those First Nation professionals assigned with land use planning tasks in their community. The land use planning process doesn’t always reflect the community’s unique ties to the land. This training will help you to:​

  • identify your community’s unique spaces to ensure they are protected in land use processes.

  • identify species of significance to your community that may not be a formal Species at Risk, but would require the same level of protection based on your community’s relationship with the land.

  • use the Office Based tools provided to document the process

  • document, design and develop a Community Land Relationship Vision aimed at supporting your Land Use Planning activities.

To find out more, please contact our office at (705) 657-1126 or via email:

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