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Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP)

Listuguj Community Planning

Change is constant and it affects everyone. To build a future we want, we need to have a clear sense of where we are, a vision for where we want to go and a strategy for how to get there. Speaking with the voice and values of the community, the Plan will guide short and long-term decisions that will shape community life in Listuguj.

How did this project come about?

Chief and Council have made it a priority to complete a Comprehensive Community Plan to help focus and coordinate decisions and actions.

Who is the planning team?


Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government has engaged the Cities & Environment Unit (CEU) from Dalhousie University to help develop a Community Plan for Listuguj. CEU is staffed by a team of professional community planners and designers. With over 10 years of experience working with First Nation communities across Canada, CEU has worked collaboratively in a variety of local contexts to develop Community Plans. For more information about CEU visit www.ceunit.dal.ca

Read the CEU Dalhousie Proposal

Plan Champion

Tracey Metallic is the main contact for CEU and the local coordinator for planning activities.

Planning Work Group

The Planning Work Group is a key local support in developing the Plan. It is a volunteer group of community members who will help review work as it is developed and help with workshop activities.

What is the timeline for developing the Community Plan?

Planning takes time, energy and commitment. The Community Plan will be developed through community engagement beginning in December 2012 and continuing through 2013.

What will the Community Plan include?

The Community Plan is a document that will contain the ideas, values and aspirations of the Listuguj community. The document is something that can bring together community members, staff and leadership to make collective decisions about investment and services. Three main chapters form the Community Plan:

Context – The context chapter is a snapshot of where the community is now. It includes information about the physical community and community life under several main themes.

  • Land identifies places where the community can best grow, as well as places that are physical constraints to growth or that should be protected as environmental or cultural assets.
  • People highlights the local history, culture, demographics and institutions.
  • Settlement describes what is built on the land and identifies what areas are most suitable for growth.
  • Economics indicates how the community sustains itself, what unique opportunities exist and how resources are used.
  • Strengths and Issues draw on the experiences of community members to identify positive and unique characteristics and opportunities, as well as things that need to be improved or changed.

Vision – The vision chapter includes value statements and a community Vision. Value statements highlight what is fundamental to the community as a whole. The Vision is an inspiring and memorable statement of where the community wants to go and the key qualities that are needed to get there. Together, the values and Vision are used to inform every action the community takes.

Action – The action chapter is a strategy for fulfilling the Vision. It describes a way of working together and areas to focus energy and investment in order to have the most impact. The action chapter shows how the community will grow physically, and identifies key projects, policies and programs.

What are the key principles of the Community Plan?

The Plan comes from the community. The Vision, strategies, projects and initiatives are based on the voice and spirit of community members.

The Plan is owned by the community. The content of the Plan is widely understood and broadly defended by the community.

The Plan inspires and motivates. It is memorable and provocative, inclusive and engaging.

What is the approach to planning?


The Community Plan is not just another project. It touches on and provides direction for all aspects of community life so that programs and projects respond to the collective goals of the community. The Plan looks at the community as a whole, highlights the connections between sectors and charts out a long-term direction for positive change.


The Community Plan engages community members at every stage of plan development and describes how projects and initiatives can remain open and inclusive as they are implemented. A community-based approach means that everyone in the community has a stake in building the future. The Plan is not just for leadership or staff to use; it is a tool for everyone.


A Plan is only a document on a shelf if it is not used. Taking an action-oriented view means that planning must make a difference on the ground. The Plan must have an ongoing presence in the community as a tool for project and program development. The Plan can be used everyday to take steps toward fulfilling the Vision.

How can I get involved?

There will be many opportunities to get involved in the planning process. CEU will be visiting Listuguj roughly every couple of months to host workshops, activities, meetings and focus group sessions. Each workshop will include an open community session that focuses on a different topic. These meetings are chances to share ideas, develop content for the plan and celebrate community. Additional outreach activities and meetings with different groups and sectors will be scheduled during the CEU visits as well.

What can I expect at Community Planning workshops?

Each workshop will have a different focus that relates to each stage of the planning process. The main workshops will be held at the Bingo Hall and are open to everyone. CEU will share back information put together from previous workshops and host group discussions and mapping activities.

What is the relationship between the Community Plan and the potential Settlement with Canada?

The Community Plan and Settlement consultation are separate processes. They are both high priorities that require their own series of engagement opportunities. The Community Plan would be proceeding regardless of the Settlement. However, because ratification of Settlement would represent major new resources for the community, there is an advantage in developing a comprehensive plan now.