"Citizens minus?" : urban Aboriginal self-determination and co-production in the City of Calgary

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Dekruyf, Katherine A.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
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Lethbridge, Alta : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Native American Studies
Urban Aboriginal communities continue to seek greater influence in municipal planning and policy-development processes. Co-production has been proposed as a viable means to develop appropriate policies in full, equal, and reciprocal partnership between urban Aboriginal communities and cities. This thesis explores how a lack of consensus over the meaning of urban Aboriginal self-determination influences co-production’s utility, and addresses how the related concepts of citizenship and the politics of recognition have led to co-production’s limited success. Twenty-eight interviews were conducted with municipal leadership, Aboriginal organizations, and Aboriginal residents in the City of Calgary. A case study of the July 2015 Paskapoo Slopes negotiations in Calgary and Mayor Nenshi’s Year of Reconciliation proclamation are then explored within this context.
co-production , municipal-Aboriginal relationships , municipal governments , urban Aboriginal community development , urban Aboriginal self-determination , urban planning