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PIBC's Planning Practice & Reconciliation Committee

The PIBC Board tasked a working group with developing and recommending relevant and achievable strategies and actions for PIBC to respond to outcomes from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Report. As a result of initial work and member feedback, the Planning Practice & Reconciliation Committee (PPRC) was formed.

The PPRC is at the beginning of this process; the Truth stage of its work. The first step is hearing about Indigenous experiences with planning and planning institutions. In order to undertake this work of listening, the Working Group will be engaging First Nations and First Nations groups throughout BC and the Yukon and asking them to share their truths about planning. They will be listening to these truths as representatives of the planning profession and will provide the Board with recommendations for moving forward. The Working Group will also explore other Reconciliation Approaches undertaken by other organizations including the Canadian Institute of Planning, Architectural Institute of BC, the Law Society of BC and others.

In order to undertake this very important work, the PPRC has requested that the PIBC Board supports its role as representatives of the planning profession by confirming:

  1. Our formal role as representatives of PIBC who are asked to seek Truth on behalf of the Planning Profession in BC and the Yukon;
     
  2. PIBC’s commitment to our thesis:

    How does PIBC address the TRC and MMIWG, but beyond that, expand to actively decolonize the planning practices in BC and Yukon and support our members in doing this work? How can the Institute undertake Truth and reconciliation in the planning profession?
     
  3. PIBC’s endorsement of the PPRC's roadmap:
  • Awareness of the past
  • Acknowledgement of the harm that has been inflicted
  • Atonement for the causes
  • Action to change behaviour

It is the PPRC's commitment to do things differently, to take things slow and to listen to the wisdom of lived experience that will guide the process. The PPRC is committed to providing the Board with a framework for a Truth process for the planning profession in BC and the Yukon by the end of 2021.

  • Click here to read PIBC's statement on the Kamloops Residential School.
  • Click here to read Planning West magazine - Indigenizing Planning issue (Spring 2021).
  • Click here for PIBC's free webinars in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day.

For more information about PIBC's PPRC, please contact Kelly Chan, PIBC Member Services Coordinator.
 

Planning Practice & Reconciliation Committee members

Sarah Atkinson IPWG

Sarah Atkinson RPP, MCIP (Chair)

Sarah lives on the unceded and ancestorial territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
 
Sarah started Vesta Consultants in 2015, providing development consulting services delivering affordable and supportive housing for non-profits throughout BC. 

Sarah is committed to the work undertaken by the IPWG because she believes, as Canadians, we are not doing enough to repair colonialism's harmful effects, right the wrongs of the past, and decolonize ourselves and our institutions. She wants to be a part of this change in whatever small way she can as a planner and co-create a new planning relationship with First Nations colleagues that respects and is guided by Indigenous planning.

 

Ken Cossey IPWG

 

Ken Cossey RPP, MCIP

Ken lives in Shawnigan Lake BC, the unceded overlapping territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and the Cowichan Tribes Traditional Territories.

Ken has over 34 years of experience in a variety of planning and senior management positions; for municipalities, regional districts, a regional planning commission and First Nations’ governments, across Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, either as a consultant or an employee. 

Since 2007 Ken has been assisting various First Nations on the implementation of their respective Land Code. This includes creating a Land Code, performing a governance analysis to determine what a First Nation needs to successfully implement their Land Code, and setting up Land Code Laws, policies, and Land Use Plans.

 

Robyn Holme IPWG

 

Robyn Holme RPP, MCIP

Robyn lives and works on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation (KFN) in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC. Robyn has worked as a planner for over 15 years in local government, but has focused on regional planning policy for the last 7 years, working on projects ranging from coastal adaptation planning to indigenous relations. Robyn is committed to developing new planning practices that recognize reconciliation and UNDRIP in transformative and meaningful ways. 

 

Caroline Lamont IPWG
 

Caroline Lamont RPP, MCIP

Caroline gratefully and respectfully acknowledges that she lives on the unceded territory of the Sk̲wx̲wú7mesh and Líl̓wat Nations.

She is a planner that has a passion for building strong communities, and through her career, have worked for local governments, First Nations, private industry and consultants. Caroline is currently working with the Lil'wat Nation on a new neighbourhood in Pemberton, BC. Her professional focus is to ensure effective land development outreach, policy, design and projects that support community needs and aspirations.

This working group continues Caroline’s quest to learn the truth about Indigenous Peoples and advance reconciliation.  She is particularly interested in learning about Indigenous planning principles and providing the planning profession resources to assist in decolonization.

 

Gillian McKee IPWG

 

Gillian McKee RPP, MCIP

Gillian lives and works on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council in Yukon Territory. 

She has worked in northern regional land use planning for 30 years with First Nations, territorial and federal governments.  Gillian retired from full time employment and is currently wanting to contribute to projects that work on planning as a practice for reconciliation. This interest drew her to apply to the PIBC Indigenous planning working group. Gillian was on the CIP Committee that developed the national policy on Planning Practice and Reconciliation and wants to work on reconciliation at the PIBC Chapter level.

Jodi-Lyn-Newnham-IPWG

Jodi-Lyn Newnham RPP, MCIP

Jodi-Lyn Newnham has lived and worked on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council since moving to Whitehorse, Yukon, with her family in September 2018. Since joining the Yukon government, she has worked with First Nations in Aboriginal Relations (Director, Implementation and Reconciliation) and the Public Service Commission (Director, Respectful Workplace Office).
 
Originally from Alberta, the west coast was home for many years where she worked with the Province of British Columbia in Indigenous Relations, transportation and infrastructure, and housing. Passionate about supporting community well-being, Jodi-Lyn has also focused on youth, diversity, accessibility, women’s safety, and education with municipalities, local and international non-profits, and the University of British Columbia. She has also volunteered with organizations promoting community development, literacy, and supports for people affected with HIV/AIDs. She joined the PIBC Indigenous planning working group to support her personal and professional commitment to understand and overcome the trauma of colonization.
 
Jodi-Lyn has an undergraduate degree in History with a focus on South Asian Studies from the University of Calgary, and a Master’s degree in Planning from UBC.

 

Angel Ransom

 

Angel Ransom RPP, MCIP

Angel Ransom is from the communities of Nak’azdli Whut’en and Fort St. James, BC. She now lives in Prince George in the Lheidli T’enneh Territory.   

She is a proud UNBC Alumni with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Planning, specializing in the unique field of Indigenous Planning. Much of her work is focused on community development, natural resources management, and impact assessments of major projects.

Angel is pleased to a member of the PIBC IPWG and brings her personal Indigenous roots and worldview, along with her professional Indigenous Planning knowledge and experience background to the table.

Bob Sokol

 

Bob Sokol RPP, MCIP 

Bob is honoured to live, work and recreate on the unceded, ancestral, traditional lands of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səlil̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations. He is a planner with over 25 years of municipal planning experience in the Portland, Seattle and Vancouver regions.

One of the many exciting aspects of his most recent role as the Director of Planning and Capital Projects for the Squamish Nation is that Bob had to embrace the concept that he was an "outsider" to a much greater extent than at any other time in his career, with a need to listen and learn much from those in his community. While he feels he has much to share and contribute, he also feels he has even more to learn.

Even in the limited time thus far working with the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation, Bob has learned much about how the Indian Act, colonialism and the planning profession have shaped and continue to shape the lives of Indigenous people in BC. This knowledge, along with his experience as a planner, assists him in serving as a member of this Working Group with the goal of guiding PIBC's response to the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


 

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