Community Based Decision Making Through Land Use Planning under Land Code

Presenting Organization: RC


For thousands of years, Indigenous people planned their own communities in complex ways. Revitalizing Indigenous Planning practices can be described as a Nation-building exercise, deeply informed by traditional knowledge, governance systems, language, culture, family connections and interconnections with the land that has helped communities maintain resiliency and identity. This presentation will highlight perspectives, tools and techniques for engaging in community-based decision making through land use planning and will explore sustainable development under Land Code.


  • Adam Wright, RC
  • Stephen McGlenn, Director of Lands & Resources, Leq'a:mel First Nation

Speaker Bio 

Adam Wright is a registered professional planner (RPP, MCIP) and works as a Land Code Governance Planner with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre. Over the past 10+ years, Adam’s work has spanned various sectors including private, non-profit, government and academia with a focus on the planning and consultation processes that regulate and guide land development on First Nations’ land. In his role with the Resource Centre, Adam provides land-use planning and lands governance support to signatory First Nations communities including; Community Planning, Natural Resource Management, Regional Planning, Capacity Development and Policy Review & Development. Having been raised, educated and employed on Treaty 7 lands in Alberta and Treaty 3 lands in Ontario, Adam has a tremendous sense of gratitude for the land and to the First Peoples from these lands. Through his work at the LABRC, Adam is honoured to support First Nations with respect to their lands governance and community planning efforts and is thankful for the chance to continually learn. Adam currently lives in Calgary, Alberta (Treaty 7 lands) with his partner Danielle and their two daughters and newborn son.