Presented in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Planners

Join us for an insightful and thought-provoking panel event, “Lessons in Indigenous Planning”, where we delve into the traditions, sustainable practices, and innovative approaches employed by Indigenous communities in managing and protecting their ancestral territories.

This event aims to foster an inclusive dialogue and promote greater understanding of the vital role Indigenous land-use planning plays in preserving cultural heritage, protecting ecosystems, and promoting sustainable development.


Ted Jojola

Ted Jojola, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Regents’ Professor
School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico

Dr. Jojola has a distinguished career as an educator and practitioner in urban and regional planning and other related subjects, with a particular specialty in Indigenous planning. Since 1980, he has taught at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He served as director of Native American Studies from 1980 to 1996, acting director of the Community and Regional Planning Program in 1995–96 and director in 2004–05. In 2010, he obtained funding for iArchitecture, an interdisciplinary course on contemporary Indigenous architecture at UNM. He has an ongoing cultural consultancy with the Native American Cultural Center, Northern Arizona State University, Studio Ma Architects. Dr. Jojola’s discussion will examine how First Nation communities in the United States are asserting Indigenous design and planning practices to meet the challenges resulting from urbanization.

David Thomas

David Thomas, Planning and Design Lead
Treaty One Development Corporation

David Thomas is Anishinaabe, a member of Peguis First Nation, and a graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Manitoba. David draws from lived experiences to create Indigenous architecture and public art. He is the Planning and Design Manager for the Treaty One Development Corporation, which is transforming the former Kapyong Barracks in Winnipeg into Naawi-Oodena, one of the largest urban reserves in Canada. His discussion is entitled “Reclaiming Space: Integrating Lived Experiences within Indigenous Urban Planning and Architecture.


Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 6:30 pm to 8 pm (EDT)


Urbanism Lab
40 Elgin St., 2nd floor, Ottawa, Ontario


In-person events and the live webcast on YouTube are bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning in both official languages. Interpretation of the floor audio is only available during the event.

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