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Engagement for Indigenous Design

This workshop takes you through the process of engaging Indigenous communities in the architecture design process. It is an applied, or scenario-based learning style, offering a multitude of scenarios to navigate as part of your learning journey (urban, rural, advisory-led, and community-led etc.). 
  • Level: Beginner
  • Duration:  1 hour
  • Creator: Tawaw Architecture Collective
  • Learners: 95+ 

What to Anticipate

  • Practice Based Scenarios

    Establish a rapport with Indigenous communities to form an advisory committee and create an engagement strategy.
  • Engagement Planning 

    Co-plan a community engagement event with your advisory committee for culturally relevant design input.
  • Templates

    Templates and examples of engagement strategy documents, engagement event presentations, and agendas.

Wanda Dalla Costa

Indigenous | Saddle Lake Cree Nation 

Wanda Dalla Costa is a member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation in Northern Alberta and brings 25 years of experience working with communities across North America. She is the first, First Nations woman to be licensed to practice architecture in Canada and the Principal of Tawaw Architecture Collective Inc. located in Phoenix, Arizona and Calgary, Alberta. Back in 2010, she created the Indigenous Placekeeping FrameworkTM a highly collaborative approach that aims to enlarge the community’s role in the planning and designing of urban and rural environments.
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