2019 CSLA Congress and CSLA-BCSLA Showcase

Date: Tuesday, May 7th to Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver


Julian Napoleon announced as keynote speaker - Learn more about Mr. Napoleon, below

Attend two conferences in one trip - The BC Land Summit opens  at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019.

Call for Sponsors and Trade Show Exhibitors - Additional space has been made available for the trade show. Download the Call for Sponsors and Trade Show Exhibitors and learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available.

CSLA Student Travel Bursary Program - The CSLA is offering travel bursaries to students enrolled in an accredited Canadian landscape architecture program to attend the CSLA Conference in location and date. Up to $500 is available to cover the costs of transportation and accommodation. The deadline is 1 March 2019. Download the application form


CLICK HERE to read the 2019 Congress Provisional Program

Hotel Reservations

Depending on the dates of your stay, you may need to make two separate reservations.

Call 1-800-WESTIN-1 and quote both the BCSLA-CSLA Congress and the BC Land Summit Reservation Codes


For the nights of May 6, and 7: CLICK HERE

For the nights of May 8, 9, 10: CLICK HERE


CLICK HERE to download the descriptions of the tours

The tours at this year’s Congress pass over and across the ancestral and unceded lands of the sḵwx̱wú7mesh-ulh (Squamish), xʷməθk̓ʷeyəmaʔɬ (Musqueam), and səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. Our intention is to bring Indigenous knowledge and history to the top layer of understanding the places we will visit as we look at present-day landscape architecture projects. Through an Indigenous lens, the urban Indigenous landscape has offered benefits to First Nations including tourism and economic development, and raised broader public cultural awareness through food, music, and language, as well as positive policy changes adopted by the City of Vancouver. 

Julian Napoleon Announced as Keynote Speaker

Julian Napoleon is Dane-zaa and Cree from the Peace River region. Napoleon grew up immersed in the subsistence practices of his family and community, hunting, fishing, foraging, and learning cultural protocols. Napoleon studied applied biology in Food & Environment at the University of British Columbia. He has also spent many years studying and practicing small-scale organic agriculture. As a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Napoleon is dedicated to raising awareness around Indigenous issues related to land, water, food, and community as well as, challenging the misconceptions surrounding the dominant western capitalist ideology. Napoleon is particularly dedicated to stopping the ongoing devastation of massive hydroelectric and liquefied natural gas industries in his territory and has spoken at countless events across the globe. Currently, Napoleon is working with his nation as a fisheries and wildlife technician and is involved with numerous projects related to ecological health and biocultural heritage.

Things to Do in Vancouver

Supplement your time in Vancouver by showing your Delegate Badge to receive exclusive discounts at various attractions and sightseeing tours, shops, transportation, and restaurants.  For more information, visit Vancouver Meetings and Conventions.   Guests without a name badge can download this PDF of coupons for various attractions.

The theme of the Congress is Acknowledgement, Awareness and Engagement – Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation

In 2007 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was established as part of the legal settlement of the largest class-action lawsuit in Canadian history. Between the 1870s and 1996 over 150,000 indigenous children were placed in residential schools across Canada as part of an organised effort to wipe out indigenous cultures. In 2015 the TRC released its report including 94 Calls to Action which invites all Canadians to read, adopt, and change behaviour and practices in the ongoing process of truth finding and reconciliation with Indigenous people in this country. 

Speaking directly to all levels of government, organizations, and individual Canadians, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) seeks to advance the process of “…establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal peoples in this country through a series of Calls to Action that will contribute to a state of reconciliation. “

Since the release of the TRC Calls to Action the national dialogue around truth and reconciliation has continued to grow.  Taking up the call in November 2016, the CSLA Board of Directors established the Indigenous Issues Task Force (IITF) “to guide the CSLA in improving awareness and capacity” and to ensure landscape architects contribute to this dialogue. Building on the work of the task force, the 2019 CSLA Congress will explore three pillars: 

Acknowledgement: We recognize and respect the rights of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples of Canada; the Truth that has been and continues to be lived by every First Nations, Inuit or Métis person and community. Every Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadian has a responsibility to our shared state of reconciliation.

Awareness: Through our profession, we seek to affirm the landscapes and cultural perspectives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples of Canada as vital to the process of reconciliation. Our responsibility as a profession and as members of a professional association are to prepare landscape architects to be capable partners to support Indigenous Peoples of Canada and to listen and learn from them in turn.

Engagement: The profession seeks to support and develop initiatives that encourage establishing and maintaining respectful relationships between the Indigenous People of Canada, the CSLA, members of the CSLA, and Schools of landscape architecture. 
To move forward, Canadians must understand and accept the truth of a history of colonialism and prejudice that has deeply impacted the Indigenous peoples of Canada before meaningful reconciliation can occur. We invite landscape architects to accept their role and responsibility, educate themselves, and to engage and seek ways to contribute in reconciliation.

For our profession, the path towards truth and reconciliation continues at the 2019 CSLA Congress. Together, with the CSLA’s Reconciliation Advisory Committee, we will explore ways forward toward meaningful reconciliation through active-participation, hands-on workshops, presentations on design and planning informed by Indigenous Knowledge, Indigenous peoples and their histories, political and policy developments, Indigenous place-based design, and more. 

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