Celebrating Indigenous History Month

June marks National Indigenous History Month and this year the Canadian Urban Institute, together with Engineers Canada, National Trust for Canada, The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Canadian Institute of Planners, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Urban Development Institute and Urban Land Institute will explore city building and placemaking from the Indigenous perspective.  

Monday, June 21: Indigenous Practitioner Perspectives on City Building

Panel Discussion

2021 marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day, first declared in 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. This year, join us for an exploration of urbanism with Indigenous practitioners, some at the onset of their careers, and others at the fore.


Eladia Smoke, Principal Architect, Smoke Architecture, Master Lecturer at Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture. Based in Hamilton, Ms Smoke is Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang, Lac Seul First Nation.

Tonii Lerat, Community Planner with Urban Systems, and a Board Member, Canadian Institute of Planners. Based in Saskatoon, Ms Lerat is Nehiyaw from Cowessess First Nation.

Lorna Crowshoe, Aboriginal Issues Strategist with the City of Calgary. Based in Calgary, Ms. Crowshoe is from Piikani First Nation.

Danilo Caron, EIT, and Indigenous Student Engagement Coordinator at UBC Engineering Student Services. Based in Vancouver, Mr. Caron’s roots are from Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation.

Naomi Ratte, Landscape Architecture student, University of Manitoba, and co-editor of Voices of the Land: Indigenous Design and Planning from the Prairies. Based in Winnipeg, Ms. Ratte is a member of Peguis First Nation.

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