Comprehensive Community Planning

Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) is a holistic process that allows a community to identify a roadmap to sustainability, self-reliance and improved governance. The plan is based on the members’ vision for their present and future. It is rooted in the community’s identity and aims to guide its development, by respecting its culture and traditions.

Throughout Canada, over a hundred communities have already used CCP to guide their development, ensuring that their members’ vision leads to concrete actions. In our region, six First Nations are involved in the process. While some are currently developing their plan, others have already reached the implementation stage, turning their members’ ideas into projects and actions.

The FNQLSDI is involved in a 3-year pilot project, provide support to four First Nations in their CCP process. While the FNQLSDI provides technical support and training to local coordinators, it also facilitates networking and mentoring by organizing meetings with coordinators and supporting First Nation participation in national and regional CCP workshops. It also contributes to CCP development at the Canadian scale, by taking part in the CCP network’s activities.

You would like to know more about CCP? The FNQLSDI’s team is available to answer your questions, give an introduction presentation or support your process; contact us.


Partner First Nations

Kebaowek First Nation

Kebaowek First Nation began its CCP process in 2016. The objective is to develop a long-term vision while integrating and linking all other plans the community already has in place. Development of a CCP will support the community in building a roadmap to sustainability, self-sufficiency and improved governance capacity. The CCP will inspire a healthier community, thereby empowering the community, improving performance, protecting our resources, promoting healing and reconciliation, coordinating future development and creating economic opportunities for all.

The key to the success of CCP is the involvement of all community members, organizations and departments. Kimberly Chevrier was newly employed to coordinate the CCP process. Together with the Planning Committee and all Kebaowek members, both on and off reserve, they will work to establish a vision for their future, based on team work and community engagement.

In the words of the coordinator, “Now is the time to ‘Be the Change’ and we encourage all to members to be involved.”


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Listuguj Mi’gmaq Nation

In 2012, Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government began the process of developing a comprehensive community plan. With the support from the Cities and Environment Unit at Dalhousie University, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan was created. Over the course of two years, a series of community engagement sessions, focus group meetings, and consultations with the LMG directorates were conducted.

The CCP is Listuguj’s road map to sustainability and is the foundation piece by which all strategic plans stem from. This document provides an in-depth portrait of Listuguj, issues identified by members in a range of planning areas (e.g. governance, economic development, employment and education, land and resources, etc.), as well as some options for action.

Presently, the LMG is in the validation and adoption stage, ensuring the plan still reflects the vision and priorities of Listugujewaq. Through extensive community engagement activities, the goal of the project is to solidify the vision statement, determine main objectives and actions to move forward. Once the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Community Plan has been validated by the community, it will be brought to leadership for adoption.

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Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Nation

The Mohawk Nation of Kahnawà:ke began its CCP process in 2017. Having developed extensive strategic planning expertise, the community wishes CCP to be an opportunity to engage with members, improve its governance and facilitate collaboration between sectors and local initiatives. Linda Karonhienhawe Delormier was recently hired to coordinate the project.

Using the 2009 Shared Vision Statement, the goal of this project is to develop a Comprehensive Community Planning process (CCP) for Kahnawà:ke, using ongoing community engagement, in collaboration with and with contributions from all sectors or the community.

The development of a CCP will be the map to achieve Kahnawà:ke’s vision for the future. The CCP involves the integration into its plan of issues related to health and well-being, social issues, culture and identity, education, lands and resources, economic development, and governance.

Comprehensive Community Planning is an ongoing process that enables a community to plan its development in a way that ultimately meets the community’s vision and strategic goals in all aspects of community life. With a community engagement process in place, they hope to create a more responsive and collaborative relationship between community administrative resources and the public.

Abitibi8inni First Nation

Abitibi8inni First Nation began its CCP process in 2016. The goal of the process is to ensure that the CCP reflects the needs and will of the nation, in order for it to be a key lever for community development, in particular for youth and for the generations to come. Over 50% of the population is under 25, and it’s essential to have a plan to ensure a future for the youth. CCP will also help improve coordinated action between organizations and sectors, to fully realize the vision members will have given themselves.

Chantal Kistabish, a creative person with a knack for bringing people together, was hired to coordinate the project. Originally from the community, she gained people’s trust by holding multiple engagement activities. Various meetings allowed her to spread the word about CCP to different community groups, such as Elders, grade school and high school kids, families, as well as elected officials and band employees. She also takes part in many community activities and organizes meetings with the planning team that supports her work. Her goal: to make sure that all community members can voice their ideas, no matter how old they are, where they are from or where they live.


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CCP has been for the most part developed and used by First Nations who have English as a first or second language, which means that almost all related documentation is only available in English. Translating key documents is a priority for the FNQLSDI, and it works hard to gather funding to offer tools and resources to French-speaking First Nations.


Key Documents