2014 Neighbourhood Development Plan
City of Iqaluit, Nunavut
Iqaluit Sustainable Community Plan
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Developed in close consultation with the local community, the Iqaluit Sustainable Community Plan redefines sustainability in a dynamic, relationship-based approach that puts people at the centre. Reflecting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit — the wisdom and values of Inuit society — the plan frames the three pillars of sustainability in the context of the people's relationship to the environment, to social and family wellbeing, and to a productive society.
The city reviewed hundreds of studies and reports on Iqaluit, hosted over 200 sessions with the community, and consulted municipal staff. Findings were summarized in three documents: What We Heard, a summary of past voices; What We Have, a list of community assets; and What We Feel, a summary of residents' feelings about the community.
The resulting plan guides decisions and priorities based on the community's 50-year vision. With no relevant or reliable indicators for Iqaluit, the city will monitor progress through a qualitative approach that includes an annual progress report on actions and a five-year comprehensive review.
This project received support from FCM's Green Municipal Fund (GMF 10389).
The community feels disconnected and needs new ways to communicate, connect and embrace all members.
Iqaluit continues to experience rapid social change, rooted in its recent colonial history and resulting in pressures and needs that challenge sustainability planning.
The community's infrastructure has gaps, needs upgrades, and must be adapted to climate change.
The city has limited opportunities to generate additional revenue to meet program and infrastructure requirements.
Listen to residents and develop relationships that support meaningful conversations throughout the planning process.
Review existing research to get a deeper understanding of the community and set the context for relevant, rigorous sustainability planning.
Use other sustainable community plans as inspiration, but develop a local framework.
Use outside consulting services only as needed; keeping the local municipal coordinator at the centre of the process ensures good local communication, day-to-day coordination and strong relationships.