We at the Shared Path are working towards a future in which Indigenous voices and rights form an integral part of the Ontario land-use planning process.
To work towards that vision, our intention is to illuminate the intersection between Aboriginal and Treaty rights, and Indigenous interests, within the urban and regional planning process; to provide education and awareness opportunities for professionals, academics, and students interested and involved in consultation efforts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
To work towards our Vision & Mission, we focus particularly on promoting communication and relationship-building between municipalities and Indigenous communities.
The name “Shared Path Consultation Initiative” reflects the collaborative nature of this innovative group. “Shared Path” signifies our acknowledgement of the varied pathways to knowing and acting, our belief in the importance of treaties (especially, Indigenous wampum belts symbolising friendship and ethical sharing of land), and our commitment to hold up Indigenous values and epistemologies as vital to making meaningful change in a good way. “Consultation” signifies our focus on emerging processes of consultation and accommodation. “Initiative” signifies our efforts to “take the initiative” and find innovative ways to address gaps within planning practice and education.
The Shared Path has received grants and donations from a variety of organisations and people over the years, as well as each member donating significant amounts of their time. Organisations: Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) The McLean Foundation The Law Foundation of Ontario The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in collaboration with the Negotiating Justice Research Group) Individuals: Ronald F. Williamson Fred McGarry
Board of Directors, Chair
Carolyn King is the Chair and co-Founder of the Shared Path Consultation Initiative. She is the first woman to have been elected as Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) (December 1997 to December 1999). She has over 25 years of work experience in the field of First Nations community development, and extensive experience in public relations, economic development, the development of environmental planning policies and procedures, and establishing community radio. She is a Board member on numerous local community-based organizations and has served in municipal, regional, and national levels. She has been given numerous awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) in recognition of her support for First Nation history and the advancement of Aboriginal Peoples.
Clara MacCallum Fraser
Clara MacCallum Fraser is the Executive Director and co-Founder of the Shared Path Consultation Initiative. She holds a BA in Political Science & Arabic Studies from Concordia University, a Masters in Urban Planning from Ryerson University. She is currently conducting a CGS-SSHRC funded Doctorate in Environmental Studies at York University. The focus of her research is on the intersection of land use planning and Aboriginal & Treaty rights. With the Shared Path, Fraser is a 2017-2018 Partner at the City Institute at York (CITY).