Canadian Landscape Charter

1.2-CLC-CCP-2015-notes_Page_01.pngThe Canadian Landscape Charter seeks to uphold the following core principles:

  • Recognize landscapes as vital
  • Consider all people
  • Inspire stewardship
  • Expand knowledge
  • Show leadership

CLICK HERE to read the Canadian Landscape Charter


What can you do to support the Canadian Landscape Charter?
  1. SPREAD THE WORD! Distribute copies of the Canadian Landscape Charter to your clients. You can download and print the Charter HERE or contact the CSLA to obtain copies at executive-director@csla-aapc.ca
  2. SPREAD THE WORD, BUT SMALLER! Make the Canadian Landscape Charter postcard available at your events or in your waiting room. To obtain copies of the postcard, contact the CSLA at executive-director@csla-aapc.ca
  3. ENDORSE IT! Add your name to the list of signatories of the Charter by adding your endorsement. CLICK HERE to endorse the Canadian Landscape Charter. 
  4. MAKE IT PUBLIC! Publicize your support of the Charter's values by adding the following text to your email signature, or by adding the endorsement graphic to your website:
    I am (or our firm is) committed to upholding the Canadian Landscape Charter:
    _recognize landscapes as vital      
     _consider all people
    _inspire stewardship          
     _expand knowledge
    _show leadership
    The purpose of the Charter is to recognize, protect, manage and celebrate Canada’s landscapes. Learn more at http://www.csla-aapc.ca/charter 
  5. SHARE THE IMAGES OF YOUR FAVOURITE LANDSCAPES AND THE LANDSCAPES OF YOUR DREAMS! Post your favourite and inspiring images of landscapes to Instagram and tag them to #csla-aapc

At a reception held in Mexico on the 22nd of May, the CSLA's component associations ratified the Canadian Landscape Charter. In addition, delegates present at the Congress added their names as signatories to their Charter to show support for the declaration. CLICK HERE to view the list of signatories

Context

The CSLA has actively followed IFLA’s ILC project developments since the beginning of the new millennium. Raquel Peñalosa (AAPQ), CSLA delegate to IFLA and IFLA Vice-President for the Americas Regional Council  (2014-2016), has worked closely with Martha Fajardo, IFLA Past President and coordinator of the Latin America Landscape Initiative (LALI), at the 2011 and 2012 IFLA Regional Conference workshops. This collaboration has helped advance current projects and supported the development of numerous landscape charters amongst Latin America IFLA members.

About the Canadian Landscape Charter

The format of the Canadian Landscape Charter was devised to reinforce the diversity of characteristics to be found in the Canadian provinces and territories while, at the same time, developing shared values articulated around a common vision which reflects how CSLA members professionally interact with all forms of landscape. The key objectives of the CLCI were to:

  • 1.2-CLC-CCP-2015-notes_Page_01_0.pngProvide Canada’s Landscape Architects with a landscape charter that shares priorities and values identified by our international colleagues while protecting our particular characteristics and identity
  • Develop a landscape charter that highlights the values and approaches advocated by Canada’s landscape architects
  • Identify subjects, themes or specialties impacting landscapes and, ultimately, aspects of landscape architecture that could be more developed or studied, both at the national and regional levels. Landscape architecture could gain from vertical and horizontal integration.
  • Communicate the CLC values, principles, research, tools and capacities.
  • Devise strategies and action plans to attain CLC’s objectives.

Given the Canadian context, in which both the vastness of the territory and its regional socio-economic, historical and cultural diversity must be considered and respected, the bottom-up approach privileged by IFLA seems the most appropriate. CSLA representatives involved in the process promoted the development of practical responses, modelled on those expressed by IFLA.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Canadian Landscape Charter Initiative

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