Students enrolled in the two year Indigenous Community Planning Master’s Program at the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) are required to complete a Planning Practicum as part of their learning and professional development in their second year. As emerging planners interested in the field of Indigenous community planning, having an opportunity to experience, support and learn from a rural, on-reserve, community-based, planning process is foundational to students’ learning.
Teams of two students are organized to participate directly with a BC First Nation engaged in a planning process (e.g. comprehensive community plan, land use plan, housing strategy, language plan, etc.) over a period of eight (8) months from October to April of every year. Typically practicums are confirmed by July for anticipated October start.
A First Nation who hosts a SCARP Indigenous Planning Practicum can benefit by:
• Receiving assistance with their community planning process and needs;
• Increasing planning capacity and skills;
• Educating students about Indigenous culture, history, planning values and protocols;
• Participating in a mutual, collaborative learning environment;
• Showcasing their planning efforts through SCARP;
• Developing a strategic alliance with SCARP to further their community planning efforts;
• Building additional support networks and planning partnerships;
• Helping to increase students’ confidence and capacity to work effectively with First Nations.
Ideally, First Nations who can support a SCARP Indigenous Planning Practicum should:
1. Be ready to launch or is currently engaged in a planning process;
2. Have a dedicated planning position to manage the planning process;
3. Have the capacity and willingness to supervise, mentor and support two students;
4. Have funding support for at least 50% of the student travel, including accommodation and food;
5. Have approximately 700 hours of planning activities over a period of 8 months;
6. Have a dedicated work space and can provide the necessary resource support; and
7. Be willing to build, review and revise community-student planning partnerships.
First Nations interested in hosting a Planning Practicum can contact the School of Community and Regional Planning to learn more about this opportunity.
Jeff Cook, Instructor
Indigenous Planning Practicum