In February 2012, Chief and Council of the Musqueam Indian Band (www.musqueam.bc.ca) endorsed a partnership between the Band and the School of Community & Regional Planning for the design and delivery of a new curriculum on Indigenous community planning. This agreement has been made possible by the UBC-Musqueam MOA (see http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/files/2011/01/UBC-Musqueam-MOA-signed1.pdf) and has been endorsed by the UBC-Musqueam Development Committee.
The Indigenous Community Planning (ICP) specialization, which is part of our Masters degree in Planning, was launched in Fall 2012, and has an annual intake of six students. The program consists of five core courses, an internship with a First Nation or Aboriginal organization, and a community-based learning experience in which students spend 8 months working with a First Nation in BC on aspects of Comprehensive Community Planning (see icp.scarp.ubc.ca) . The program is designed to attract Indigenous and non-Indigenous students who want to work with Indigenous communities in a way that supports those communities to achieve their own aspirations for culturally and economically sustainable development.
This partnership and cultural immersion approach is unique among planning programs in North America.