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Metro: Indigenous principles at core of University of Manitoba planning guide

October 4, 2016 — 

As Metro News reports:

The province’s largest university is asking Indigenous communities to help envision a new campus.

The University of Manitoba unveiled a new master plan for development last week, along with a set of “Indigenous design and planning principles” to help guide the school’s land use.

The former was developed over a two-year period following a design competition and two years of extensive stakeholder consultation, and the latter with the help of an Indigenous Advisory Committee and the University’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Planner Jonathon Hildebrand said both documents are “sort of applicable university-wide to guide development on (U-of-M) campuses and lands.”

The “Visionary (re)Generation Master Plan” is a 30-year framework for the Fort Garry campus. Hildebrand said it includes the goal of making the campus “more walkable.”

“(It’s about) ensuring the campus is built on the principals of a complete community, where every day essentials are available in walking distance,” he said, noting it prioritizes “cycling, transit and walking as very important.”

Another core pillar of the master plan is an emphasis on both environmental and economic sustainability.


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