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The “Reconciliation” Issue Call for Writers

The “Reconciliation” Issue Call for Writers

 L/P’s “Reconciliation” issue will explore how the relationship between landscape architects and indigenous people is evolving in an era of reconciliation. 

Reconciliation marks an opportunity for renewed relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous Canadians following centuries of colonial policies and institutional failures. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) brought the many injustices perpetrated within the residential school system into the public consciousness causing Canadians to confront our collective history. Recognition of these truths alone is not enough; action must be taken to rebuild relationships and support indigenous cultural practices and values that past policies had sought to extinguish. 

Landscape is closely linked to indigenous cultural identity but, today, place names, histories and stories that had been shared for thousands of years have largely been supplanted in the Canadian cultural imagination. Incorporation and consideration of Indigenous peoples, their values, their voices and their knowledge in the planning, design and management of the Canadian landscape is vital to the process of reconciliation. Landscape Architects must accept this responsibility, educate themselves, engage and seek ways to contribute in the regions in which they practice. 

The 2019 CSLA National Congress, held May 7th and 8th in Vancouver, will be an important step in this evolving relationship. The three pillars of the CSLA Reconciliation Action Plan, developed by the CSLA Reconciliation Advisory Committee inform the congress theme: “Acknowledgement, Awareness and Engagement: Landscape Architecture and Reconciliation.” The Reconciliation issue will continue this process, exploring the themes acknowledgement, awareness and engagement, building our shared knowledge and collective capacity to support reconciliation. 

The work of practitioners and their indigenous collaborators will be showcased within this issue through selected projects representing the diversity of the indigenous peoples and landscapes of Canada. The intent is to include indigenous voices and perspectives alongside those of practitioners to the greatest extent possible throughout the issue. In addition to completed work, much of the most exciting projects are policy developments and planning projects that are today shaping the process of reconciliation in cities across Canada. These projects, events and policies will be discussed in order to frame an understanding of how reconciliation is unfolding and to inform an ongoing national dialogue within the profession of landscape architecture in Canada. 

Built projects are particularly invited, but we are also interested in process, policy and theory as well as indigenous narratives or histories. We are looking for multiple perspectives and voices from across the country representative of this countries diversity. 

General Guidelines for Contributors 

• Submission deadline is April 15, 2019 

• Article length: Feature articles to be 1400-1600 words and short articles to be 300-500 words 

• Illustrations: Please supply about 12 illustrations for a feature article and 1-2 for short articles. Photo guidelines to be supplied separately. 


• Please provide a brief bio (around 50 words), a photograph, your preferred email address and a mailing address (for complimentary copies). Our authors are the voice of LP, and our readers appreciate knowing where you are coming from. In your brief bio, please DO include a mention of your work or home base – but please keep the data brief. Instead, we invite you to use the space to tell us something about yourself, and your link to the story you are telling in the magazine, or to the issue’s theme. 

A sample bio written for the “Messiness” issue is provided below: 

CAROLINE LAVOIE teaches landscape design theory and representation at Utah State University, where she has inhabited the same (messy!) office for 20 years. “My office landscape is covered in almost geologic layers of papers, surrounded by mountains of books, student projects, paintings, drawings, models, mobiles, even hats, and then the fabulous view the real mountains outside my window.”

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question or require additional information. 


Grant Fahlgren


Laurie Blake


Cynthia Girling 

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