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Hemson Simpson Lecture Series 2018

Paradigm // Shift

Dr. Janice Barry Lecture

Sunday January 28, 2018  |  Toronto

The first lecture in the three-part 2018 Hemson Simpson Lecture Series that seeks to explore paradigm shifts in planning, took place last Thursday evening. Dr. Janice Barry from the University of Manitoba discussed the ways in which the Canadian planning system fails to engage with indigenous communities, and how urban planners continue to hear rather than listen to Indigenous peoples on matters of land-use planning.

Professional planners, Barry argues, need to reframe from acting as the only authorities on land use, and begin to open themselves up to and recognize Indigenous ways of understanding the built and natural environment. As Barry highlights, urban planning has the possibility to inflict great harm on Indigenous communities but can also provide and create a sight of significant change.

The lecture and following panel discussion with Sheila Boudreau and Hayden King can be found here.


The next lecture “Planning, Diversity, and Inclusion” by Dr. Stacy Harwood will take place on February 7th in the Sears Atrium at 5pm.

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