Getting to Common Ground: A Comparison of Ontario, Canada’s Provincial Policy Statement and the Auckland Council Regional Policy Statement with Respect to Indigenous Peoples

Open Access Journal | ISSN: 2183-7635

Getting to Common Ground: A Comparison of Ontario, Canada’s Provincial Policy Statement and the Auckland Council Regional Policy Statement with Respect to Indigenous Peoples


  • Fraser McLeod School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Leela Viswanathan Department of Geography and Planning, Queen’s University, Canada
  • Jared Macbeth Walpole Island First Nation Heritage Centre, Canada
  • Graham S. Whitelaw School of Environmental Studies, Queen’s University, Canada


Abstract  Indigenous rights are crucial to contemporary land use planning and policy in settler states. This article comparatively analyzes the manifest and latent content of the 2014 Provincial Policy Statement of Ontario, Canada (PPS) and the 1999 Auckland Council Regional Policy Statement of Aotearoa New Zealand (ACRPS) in order to evaluate their relative capacity to recognize the rights of Indigenous peoples. While the results show that jurisdiction is an impediment to fostering common ground between Indigenous peoples and settler states, the authors conclude that the PPS and the ACRPS serve vital roles in building dialogue and equitable planning outcomes.


Keywords  Aotearoa; Auckland; Canada; comparative policy; Indigenous; land use planning


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17645/up.v2i1.850