Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Planning in Canada

Viswali Consulting is pleased to be a Collaborator with the Black Planning Project and the Metropolitan Toronto University on a SSHRC-funded project about amplifying Black voices in planning spaces. Creating equitable outcomes for Black communities in Canada includes addressing the systemic issues and anti-Black racism rooted in Canadian planning.

Black Experiences with Planning in Canada (BEPIC) Research Partnership

Recognizing that communities of African descent have been disproportionately affected by planning processes and practices, the Black Experiences with Planning in Canada (BEPIC) research partnership is launching a study to explore the lived experiences of Black communities and planners. BEPIC has been conceptualized by the Black Planning Project, together with community and academic partners in the fields of planning, community building, and Black Studies who are committed to racial and spatial justice. Creating equitable outcomes for Black communities in Canada includes addressing the systemic issues and anti-Black racism rooted in Canadian planning.

Recognizing that communities of African descent have been disproportionately affected by planning processes and practices, the Black Experiences with Planning in Canada (BEPIC) research partnership is launching a study to explore the lived experiences of Black communities and planners. BEPIC has been conceptualized by the Black Planning Project, together with community and academic partners in the fields of planning, community building, and Black studies who are committed to racial and spatial justice.

The goal of the study is to provide conceptual and practical planning tools that are inclusive and create positive outcomes for Black and racialized communities. Through a mixed-methods approach including interviews, oral histories, workshops, focus groups, and surveys, the study will:

  • Explore and document the experiences of Black communities and practitioners with/in/against planning
  • Create a framework for a community-based, Black-centered, Black-informed planning practices
  • Pilot the framework with Black individuals, community organizations, and planners working with predominantly or historically Black communities

By centering the voices and knowledge of Black communities and planners, BEPIC will focus on challenging dominant planning discourses, addressing questions of Black exclusion and anti-Black racism in planning, amplifying community-led planning practices, and informing planning pedagogy and the training of future planners, especially emerging Black planners.

Project Directors:

  • Abigail Moriah, MCIP RPP, Co-Director (BEPIC) Founder, The Black Planning Project
  • Dr. Magdalena Ugarte, Director (BEPIC), Assistant Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University

Partners:

  • Halifax Partnership, African Nova Scotian Communities
  • Co-Investigators (Academic Researchers) at Carleton University; Queen’s University; University of Toronto; University of Virginia.

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Services:

  • Building Community and Relationships
  • Research

September 12, 2022

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