Indigenous-Municipal Relations in Canada: Where Do We Stand?

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Thursday, November 4th, 2021

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With close to half of Indigenous Peoples living in urban areas, ensuring strong, deep Indigenous-municipal relationships across Canada is vital. Yet, Canadian municipalities are often unsure what duties and obligations they owe First Nations and Indigenous Peoples living in their jurisdictions.

On November 4, Doug Anderson and Alexandra Flynn will discuss some of the key questions on the way forward to improved Indigenous-municipal relationships. Do municipalities, like federal and provincial governments, have a “duty to consult,” and is this duty the appropriate framework for Indigenous-municipal relationships? How have municipalities reformed their governance in the last decade to strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples? And what more can be done to respond to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action?

Working from their recently published paper for IMFG, Anderson and Flynn will look at how Indigenous-municipal relations can move forward in a reciprocal and respectful manner.


Piali Roy


Doug Anderson
Creative and Strategic Director at Invert Media and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, York University

Dr. Alexandra Flyn
Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law and a Fellow at IMFG

Ginger Gosnell-Myers
Fellow in Decolonization and Urban Indigenous Planning at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

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