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Planning scholars and practitioners increasingly recognize the necessity to follow the lead of Indigenous communities, rather than arbitrarily impose government policies and planning processes. The disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on older populations have underlined the urgency of protecting the health of Canada’s seniors, including older Indigenous community members. The latter – including Elders – hold knowledge and experiences that are fundamental to the resurgence of Indigenous communities and need to be taken into account when developing age-friendly community plans. The concept of ethical space provides a useful framework for planners to build relationships with older Indigenous community members, while improving equity in decision making and strengthening community well-being.
Nelson, S.E. (2021). Older Indigenous people, Elders, and planning in Canada: a call for thoughtful engagement. Plan Canada, 61(2), p. 10-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.25316/IR-18037