Michael Stott Speaks at Real Property National Workshop

November 23, 2016

Michael Stott, Fotenn’s Director of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture, presented on November 16, 2016 at the Real Property Institute of Canada’s 2016 Real Property National Workshop. Michael’s presentation was titled “New Approaches to Community Planning with Aboriginal Communities” and focused on outlining new techniques and approaches to community planning and engagement with Aboriginal communities. A comprehensive, well-articulated communications and engagement plan developed in partnership with Aboriginal communities can help ensure the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People are respected, support the duty to consult, and assist in furthering the goal of reconciliation. These principles include free, prior and informed consent, equality, partnership, good faith and mutual respect. Drawing on insights gained from Michael’s international background and on Fotenn’s experience across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Labrador and Ontario, the session presented new techniques and approaches, and illustrated the value that can be gained from taking a context-specific approach to planning with Aboriginal communities.

About the Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC)
It is the goal of the RPIC to develop and foster a high professional standard of real property management within the Federal Public Sector, and to provide a forum for information exchange and continuous improvement. The National Workshop provides an excellent learning opportunity for federal real property professionals to interact with partners from other levels of government, academia, and the private sector. The theme of this year’s Workshop is Real Property, Real Change: Innovate for Results, which focuses on several areas of focus from the new governments mandate letters, including environmental sustainability and indigenous people engagement, as well as Government-wide solutions and collaboration with other levels of government. Public and industry experts will also share their knowledge and experience.

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