The Collaborative Environmental Planning Initiative (CEPI) is a fourteen year-old, intersectoral partnership focused on the health and wellbeing of the Bras D’Or lakes watershed, including human communities. CEPI was formalized in 2005 when representatives from all four levels of government (municipal, provincial, federal, and First Nations), who share responsibility for the management and protection of the Bras D’Or Lakes, signed the Bras D’Or Charter. The initiative has been guided by principles of two-eyed seeing since its inception. The charter was generated during a collaborative workshop in 2004 and includes the following statements:
Vision: To lead a unique collaboration of partners that incorporates both traditional Mi’kmaq and western perspectives in order to foster a healthy and productive Bras D’Or Lakes watershed ecosystem.
Objective: A balance of environmental, social, cultural, and institutional objectives was pursued to ensure the health and sustainable use of the Bras D’Or Lakes watershed ecosystem.
Purpose: To develop and overall management plan for the Bras D’Or Lakes watershed ecosystem, and to facilitate it’s implementation by government and other stakeholders.
This project worked to foster and deepen reconciliation amongst CEPI members and stakeholders by supporting CEPI’s goals to establish a renewed and nuanced commitment to Two-Eyed Seeing within the organization and to explore possibilities for sustainable economic development, such as renewable energy. The CEPI project met key objectives of A Shared Future and serves as an exemplar to other program partners, projects, and others throughout Canada.
Project Outcomes and Outputs
A summary report based on a thematic analysis of the interviews has been produced by the CEPI team. You can review the report here. The team also prepared a book chapter on organizational storytelling based in part on these research findings. An case study focused on the influence of histories on organizational planning processes was also developed and presented at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada.
Doucette, M., & Root, E. (2022). Histories for Collaborative Planning: Case Study of the Bras d’Or Lakes Collaborative Planning Initiative. ASAC 2022 Annual Conference (Halifax). (p. 29)