chapter  2
14 Pages

Calgary, Canada

Policy co-production and indigenous development in urban settings
ByYale D. Belanger, Katherine A. Dekruyf, Ryan C. Walker

Policy co-production’s promise for accommodating Indigenous interests in municipal planning and policy development processes has taken on heightened academic significance in Canada, but it largely remains conceptual. This chapter details the outcome of an effort to formulate municipal-Indigenous policy co-production in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The analysis illustrates that community planners and politicians reproduce colonial beliefs about Indigenous inadequacy that hinder the creation of positive working relationships that could potentially lead to policy co-production. This further suggests that our attempts to reconcile cultural difference through various promising planning models are being undermined by a general municipal unwillingness to engage with urban Indigenous peoples.