Planning Students Meet with Chief Ava Hill and Tour Six Nations Departments
A group of Rural Planning and Development students enrolled in Professor Longboat’s Indigenous Community Planning course participated in a 1-day field trip to the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory to learn first-hand about First Nations community planning and development. The students were greeted by Chief Ava Hill who talked about the role of Chief and Band Council within the community and as part of external political advocacy. Senior Administrative Officer Dayle Bomberry presented on community successes, overcoming challenges, and current and future development projects. Afternoon meetings at the various departments: Lands Membership, Housing, Six Nations Development Corporation, and Lands and Resources, provided a brief albeit revealing glimpse into the realities of First Nations development and planning under the federal Indian Act. A luncheon in Council Chambers and a brief tour of the community were additional highlights. Future course offerings will explore collaborative projects between planning students and the Six Nation community. It was a day enjoyed by all! Nia:wen kowa; Thank you to all who contributed!
Photo above: Students at Six Nations January 29, 2018. Chief Ava Hill (far right), Prof Longboat (Centre) and SAO Dayle Bomberry (far left). Photo courtesy of Six Nations Elected Council.