First Nations Community Planning Project Provides a Template
for Pictou Landing First Nation.
Chief Ann Francis-Muise's community of pictou landing was
one of three pilot communities in the First Nations Community Planning Project.
The project was started in 1999 by the Cities & Environment
Unit from the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at Dalhousie University and the Joint Community Planning Committee (JCPC),
a steering committee made up of government and First Nation representatives. Together, they created the First Nations Community
Planning Model. The First Nations Community Planning Project has won numerous awards; most recently, it was recognized as
one of the 10 best practices in the world, selected from over 700 submissions, in the 2004 Dubai International Award for Best
Practices in Improving the Living Environment, sponsored by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat).