Category Archives: News

Junior Planner – Indigenous Community Planning (Beringia Community Planning Inc.)

Beringia Community Planning Inc. is currently seeking to expand their staff team to include a junior community planner with 2 to 5 years of experience in Indigenous planning/community development.

Learn more about the community planner job.

Submit a Resume and Cover Letter to by January 18, 2021.

Beringia and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council Place Gold

LUP Handbook

Beringia and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council were awarded GOLD for Our Sacred Land: Indigenous Peoples’ Land Use Planning Handbook in BC – in the PIBC category “Policy Planning – Small Town & Rural Areas”

The Planning Institute of BC “annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and Yukon through its awards and recognition program. The Awards for Excellence in Planning honour the best in professional planning work undertaken by members in five categories.”

Project Partners: Indigenous Advisory Committee: Sema:th (Sumas) First Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, Canim Lake Band and Xaxli’p Band

Project Summary:  The First Nations Community Land Use Planning (LUP) Handbook was created to support BC First Nations’ efforts to strengthen their land governance system through community-based Land Use Planning (LUP). Working with an Indigenous Advisory Committee of four women and under the guidance of Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council (NmTC), Beringia Community Planning led the development of a collaborative design process. The Handbook draws on content and participant feedback from the 18 First Nations LUP workshops held between 2015 and 2018 in which 146 individuals participated, representing 108 First Nations throughout BC. Participants identified the need for a user-friendly guide to help overcome the often-technical complexity of LUP and enable communities to take control of the process. This hands-on practical guide documents the context for First Nations LUP in BC and describes an 11-step planning cycle that includes the theory, methods, examples, and tools to support a community-driven LUP process.


PIBC Announcement

LUP Handbook

LUP Toolkit


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

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.

Beringia is hiring! Application deadline is January 23rd, 2015

Beringia is currently look to expand its team with a community planner and an office manager. See at the following links the full job postings. The application deadline is January 23rd, 2015.