2019 CSLA Congress and CSLA-BCSLA Showcase

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

Location: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver

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The theme of the Congress was 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. 


(Photos: J. Landry)

The CSLA Board of Directors

The LACF Board of Directors
At the registration table

College of Fellows Business Meeting
Kathy Dunster opening the Congress and welcoming our speakers



Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors!

The CSLA College of Fellows Investiture Ceremony

The CSLA Awards Gala

CSLA Annual General Meeting

Keynote Speaker Wanda Dalla Costa




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