Indigenous-Municipal Relationships


The Centre for Cities, along with the Indigenous Legal Orders Institute at Windsor Law, is working in partnership with the City of Windsor’s Diversity Office to support the City in the creation of its new Indigenous Steering Committee. In July 2021, Windsor City Council authorized and adopted the first terms of reference for this body. Supported by ILO Institute Director Dr. Valarie Waboose and Centre for Cities Director Dr. Anneke Smit, two upper-year Windsor Law students have been awarded honorariums by the City of Windsor to work with Diversity Officer Gayle Jones on this initiative from January-May 2022. The students’ work will include publishing public-facing research pieces on topics related to the mandate of the Committee, as well as convening a roundtable of local Indigenous leaders to gather input on the composition and format of the Committee.

Launched in the fall of 2019, the Indigenous Legal ​Orders Institute aims to promote ​and assist Indigenous peoples with the revitalization and dissemination of ​their respective Indigenous legal orders through ​relationship building, collaboration and re-development using Indigenous and other creative research methods.

The Institute’s objective is to use ​their institutional capacity and legal skills to provide research to further the needs of Indigenous communities ​locally, provincially, nationally and internationally to address the interruption and transmission of Indigenous knowledge by the impacts of colonization.

About the Centre for Cities

The Centre for Cities (C4C) at Windsor Law supports collaborative research, teaching and public engagement on the most pressing issues for municipalities and local institutions. Founded in 2019, C4C provides avenues for students, faculty, municipal governments, community organizations and advocates to exchange ideas and to work together. Our focus is on the legal and governance tools for building and maintaining sustainable and inclusive communities.

Windsor Resources

City of Windsor Marks National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

(September 29, 2021) In June, the federal government passed Bill C-5, recognizing September 30th as a federal holiday for federal…

City of Windsor Approves Land Acknowledgement and Advisory Committee

(July 19, 2021) Windsor City Council approves the Windsor Indigenous Advisory Committee and the following Land Acknowledgement Statement: We [I]…

General Resources

Student Blog Series: A Movement to Strengthen Relationships between Canadian Municipalities and Indigenous Communities

(30 September 2022) by Ember Chapdelaine and Megan Hooper This series was written as part of a collaboration between the…

Strengthening Local Indigenous-Municipal Relationships

Municipal World talks with leaders in the Indigenous-Municipal relations sphere about roadblocks to Indigenous political engagement, starting relationship-building conversations, and…

FCM Indigenous Partnerships

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) works with Indigenous organizations to increase collaboration between First Nations communities and neighbouring municipalities.…

AMO Municipal-Indigenous Relations

(13 January 2022) The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) announces its support for Indigenous-municipal relations and endorses three resource documents…

Rethinking ‘Duty’: The City of Toronto, a Stretch of the Humber River, and Indigenous-Municipal Relationships

(2020) From the article: "The nation-to-nation relationship between Indigenous peoples and cities remains largely unexplored in the Canadian context. This…

Indigenous-Municipal Legal and Governance Relationships By Doug Anderson & Alexandra Flynn

(2021) From the Paper: "Close to half of all Indigenous Peoples in Canada live in urban areas. Although the Canadian…

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