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Beringia and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council – Land Use and Conservation Finalist

Beringia and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council were named Land Use & Conservation Finalists in the  Real Estate Foundation of BC’s Land Awards 2018 for the “BC First Nations Land Use Planning Handbook.” Watch our video to learn more.

Overview: For First Nations communities, land use planning is a way for community members to tell their Nation’s story, make decisions about land and resources, and assert their rights to self-governance. However, there are very few resources and community planning tools specifically for Indigenous people. Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council worked with Beringia Community Planning and an advisory group of Indigenous planners to create a BC First Nations Land Use Planning Handbook. The Handbook walks communities through the steps needed to prepare for planning, make decisions, act on a plan, and reflect on outcomes.


Beringia looking to expand it’s team!

Beringia Community Planning has openings for three positions: an office manager, a junior planner and an intermediate planner. Applications due April 30th.

Beringia Community Planning Call for Interest Intermediate Planner

Beringia Community Planning Call for Interest Junior Planner

Beringia Community Planning Call for Interest Office Manager

The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society and Beringia Win IAP2 Core Values Award

On September 7th, 2017 Sarah Gillett from Beringia Community Planning joined Kaska Elder Fannie Vance, Youth for Safety participant Piper Allen, and facilitator Julie Laliberte to accept the IAP2 Core Values Award for Indigenous Engagement at a gala in Denver Colorado.

Youth for Safety is a project initiated by the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society that recognizes the need for active female and male Youth engagement and leadership in addressing the issue of violence against young women and girls. This unique local response to sexualized violence is grounded in Kaska cultural principles around safety and dignity.  A group of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth were engaged in a process of exploring issues of violence against young women and girls to then get actively involved in developing community safety campaigns, thus becoming engagement leaders in their community.

Here are a few quotes from project participants:

“Change has to start with our young people. Being part of the change makes me happy. I’m really proud to be able to change our community and make it safe for our community”Youth participant

“It’s a very nice feeling, when everybody gets together and really puts their head down, it’s pretty cool to see some of the work that can be done” – Youth participant

“The impact of the project is rippling out into community” – Inter agency representative

Find out more in this video on the project.

Plan Canada – Indigenous Planning

Plan Canada Winter 2016 EditionPlan Canada’s Winter Edition 2016 focuses on Indigenous Planning. From the Editorial Board (starting on Pg 12), Jeff Cook writes about “Reconciliation in Practical Terms” and poses the question How do we, as planners, meaningfully collaborate with Indigenous Canada to restore relationships, based on recognition, trust, cultural respect and dignity?

Campbell River SOCP Vision

Learn more about all the good stuff happening in Campbell River – Here is a  video about the vision for Campbell River’s Sustainable Official Community Plan 2011.

First Nation Housing and Infrastructure Forum, December 8 – 9, 2015

Strategic Financing. Economic Empowerment. Self-sufficient Communities.

Jeff Cook is presenting at the First Nation Housing and Infrastructure Forum, hosted by the Canadian Institute, on December 8 – 9, 2015 in Toronto.

He is speaking on “Managing Lands to Generate Revenue”. Hope to see you there!


Beringia wins two IAP2 Canada Core Values Awards

iap2  2015 CIP award

On September 10, 2015, in Portland, Oregon, Jeff Cook and the Pikangikum Health Authority were recognized by the International Association for Public Participation, Canada for our work with the Pikangikum First Nation on its health plan entitled “Working It Out Together.”

We received two awards: the Core Value Award for Project Category Indigenous Engagement  and the Project of the Year Award.

It was a real honour to be recognized by the IAP2 for our work with the Pikangikum First Nation. Over a period of 3+ years, the Pikangikum Nation lead its own community-based process to increase control over health governance. Beringia and the Health Authority provided process guidance, tools and strategies to organize the many feasts, youth workshops, storytelling times, surveys, and other gatherings that brought the community together to talk about this very important topic.

Here are two quotes from the reviewers that reflect the community approach that was undertaken to complete this plan:

“… an incredible example of the power of a strength-based approach to working with people and communities.”

“… effectively demonstrates culturally appropriate and inclusive process with an indigenous community.”

Visit to view the application and a video that summarizes the community’s participation in the planning process.

Jeff notes, “The health plan represents a significant milestone of a real profound healing journey where the Nation and its members came together to talk about sensitive issues around health and well-being. It was a real honor to be a part of this journey with the Pikangikum First Nation.”

Beringia wins a CIP Awards for Planning Excellence

On May 28, 2015, the Canadian Institute of Planners announced the winners of the 2015 Awards and Recognition Programs and Beringia is on the list! (See the full list at

Beringia and Pikangikum Health Authority have won the Award for Planning Excellence for Aboriginal Community Planning and Development for “Our Healing Journey: Pikangikum First Nation’s Comprehensive Community Health Plan“!

Pik First Nation logoAbout the Health Plan: The Pikangikum First Nation (PFN) undertook the development of a Comprehensive Community Health Plan (CCHP) as a healing journey for their community. It was based on their Community Health Needs Assessment, which was in turn built on extensive community engagement, research and analysis. The CCHP is an innovative, accessible and “implementation ready” plan which translated the PFN’s needs, strengths, and vision into tangible actions.

The jury was impressed by this vital and compelling document. It integrates the community’s emotions, values, and thoughts, and plans for action through text as well as graphics. The engagement of community members through storytelling helped in the development of pride and ownership in the CCHP as it prepared itself for the plan’s implementation. As the CCHP’s consultant, Beringia Community Planning’s role was to facilitate the community’s healing journey.

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CIP’s Indigenous People’s Planning Sub-Committee Update

mainLogoJeff Cook has been appointed a second three-year term as Chair of the Canadian Institute of Planners Indigenous People’s Planning Sub-Committee (IPPS). IPPS was established to build capacity and support for indigenous planning and community development across Canada. Learn more at

CIP’s Thrive 2015 – Dialogue about Planning with First Nations

thriveOn June 30, 2015, Jeff Cook is presenting alongside Karen Bolton, Justin Wiebe and Meika Taylor at the “Dialogue about Planning with First Nations,” co-sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Planning Committee and the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute. This facilitated collaborative dialogue session will target both Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences. The session will promote shared learning, intercultural knowledge transfer, and mutual respect.

The Dialogue is part of Thrive 2015, CIP’s annual conference to be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan from June 27 to 30, 2015 –

Find out more about the Dialogue at, pg. 49.