Partnering with First Nations communities in city and regional planning

An International Review

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The effects of settler-colonialism have had significant impacts on First Nations Peoples and our landscapes and environment. Contemporary city planning is now attempting to recognise the invaluable knowledge and custodianship of First Nations communities. Successful partnerships between First Nations groups and planning bodies will be vital to creating sustainable and equitable cities and regions.

The project

The Greater Cities Commission partnered with the University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka Institute and the Institute for Regional Futures to undertake an international review of partnerships between First Nations communities and planning authorities. The report Partnering with First Nations Communities in City and Regional Planning explores examples of successful partnerships in Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada and Sápmi (the lands of the Sámi Peoples).


  • A literature review examining partnerships with First Nations Peoples, particularly related to city and regional planning, including relevant policies and strategies.
  • Best practice case studies that include the creation of ethical relationships between First Nations Peoples, government and non-government actors.
  • Synthesis of relevant opportunities and challenges in partnering with First Nations communities in planning.
  • Recommendations and aligned actions to assist current and future city and regional planning.

Priority research areas

  • An embedded First Nations voice

Program partners


Find out more about our research

The complete research strategy, including our priorities, approach, partners and information on our innovation districts, is available below.

Contact our team

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